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Human-Computer Interaction Ph.D. FAQ

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What are HCI graduate courses like?

HCI graduate courses vary in style and structure. Typically, a graduate course of 3 credit hours requires approximately 10 hours of study every week, including class participation, reading assignments, projects, and other activity. Courses may include lectures, project work, seminar discussion on reading, individual and team work. Graduate students are expected to be well-prepared for open discussions that demonstrate a mastery of the topics outlined in weekly assignments.

What are the employment prospects of HCI graduates?

Employers from around the country are seeking highly qualified junior and senior candidates with advanced degree in HCI. The field is at an all-time high, and opportunities for HCI graduates are increasing daily. A snippet of the thousands of currently open positions can be found by browsing the HCI-specific job banks available through our Informatics and Computing Career Services office.

Where are HCI graduates getting jobs?

  • Gannett Digital
  • Dell
  • 3Qi Labs
  • IBM Interactive
  • Angie’s List
  • Butler University
  • eBay Inc.
  • Exact Target
  • One Click Ventures
  • General Electrics (GE)
  • Gibson Inc.
  • Indiana University Health
  • Intel
  • Kroeger – Human Factors Group
  • Palo Alto Research Center (PARC)
  • Pearson Education
  • Regenstrief Institute
  • Roudebush VA Medical Center
  • Roundarch
  • SAP
  • USAA
  • Yahoo!

How can I meet some current HCI students before applying to the program?

You’re welcome to get in touch with our current HCI students by contacting them directly or through our Facebook page.

What financial support is available to new graduate students?

As a Ph.D. student, you have access to a wide range of financial assistance, including scholarships, paid assistantships, grants, loans and work-study to help reduce costs. We encourage you to investigate and pursue all options for which you are eligible.

Do I need a GRE score to be eligible for the PhD in HCI program?

Yes, You MUST submit an official GRE score from an exam taken within the past five years to apply to the PhD program, HCI track.

In the online application process, I can select the Informatics Ph.D. program, but I do not see anything related to the specific HCI track. What should I do?

Clearly specify that you are applying to the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) PhD track in your personal statement. Your application will be routed accordingly.

I have just been admitted to the PhD program, how can I register for classes?

Here you can find the detailed instructions on how to register for classes at IUPUI.

I have just been admitted to the PhD program, what classes should I take?

We recommend following the sequence of courses semester by semester as indicated in the PhD plan of study.

To complete the program in 5 years, we recommend taking a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 3 courses per semester, including the summer, and to become involved in research early through your advisor.

If you have doubts about which courses to take every semester, you may contact your advisor.

I am a F1 Visa student, can I take online classes?

As you have an F1 Visa, and if you are planning to take ONLINE (WEB) classes please note the following:

Based on the IU International Affairs policy:

F1 Visa students may register up to one ONLINE (WEB) class (3 cr) per semester to maintain their visa status. Please review this policy and make sure to abide to this important requirement when planning to register to ONLINE classes at IUPUI. For further questions on your Visa status and course registration, you can contact the IU Office of International Affairs at oia@iupui.edu .