Put your focus on tomorrow when you earn a Ph.D. in Human-Computer Interaction from the IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI.
Understanding how to study and create optimal user experiences is crucial to developing and advancing tools for the digital age. By taking part in innovative research at the forefront of HCI you’ll shape how the world uses technology, from can openers to computers.
In our applied, research-based program, Ph.D. students identify new problems in HCI and generate new knowledge to solve them. You’ll collaborate in research labs and be mentored by faculty with real-world expertise in UX research, social computing, accessibility, interaction design for health, android science, and other emerging HCI areas.
Students conduct HCI and usability research that spans disciplines including computing, communication, robotics/android science, biomedical devices, and human and social sciences. Working on the IUPUI campus, with its strong health care focus, offers unique opportunities and facilities.
Our Ph.D. in Informatics with a Human-Computer Interaction specialization is 90-credit-hour program that integrates computing, usability, interface design, the social sciences and other disciplines in the design and development of user-friendly technologies, software and information systems. The program includes core courses, research rotations, your choice of minor, qualifying examinations, and a dissertation.
You must complete a minor within a domain appropriate to your choice of specialization and/or research area. All courses must be graduate-level and outside the HCI program.
A dissertation is a written elaboration of original research that makes creative contributions to your chosen area of specialization. Students will enroll multiple times in INFO I890 Thesis Readings and Research (1-12 cr.) as you work to complete your dissertation. All requirements must be completed within seven years of passing the qualifying exams. The dissertation process includes the following components:
Please refer to the IUPUI Graduate School Bulletin for more details on the dissertation process.