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Human-Computer Interaction
Master of Science
College of Computing and Information Sciences
Graduate Program Contact Qi Yu
Graduate
Level
30
Credits

Human-computer interaction (HCI) addresses the design, evaluation, and implementation of interactive computing and computing-based systems for the benefit of human use. The HCI field has its roots in over 50 years of computer science theory, as well as in the applied social and behavioral sciences. HCI research is driven by technological advances and the increasing pervasiveness of computing devices in our society. With an emphasis on making computing technologies more user-friendly, HCI has emerged as a dynamic, multifaceted area of study that merges theory from science, engineering, and design—as well as concepts and methodologies from psychology, anthropology, sociology, and industrial design—with the technical concerns of computing.

The master of science degree in human-computer interaction provides the knowledge and skills necessary for conceptualizing, designing, implementing, and evaluating software applications and computing technologies for the benefit of the user, whether the user is an individual, a group, an organization, or a society. Human, technological, and organizational concerns are interwoven throughout the curriculum and addressed in team- and project-based learning experiences.

  • Price $993 per credit hour (2016/17 AY)
  • Duration

    30 credit hours required

    A full-time student could finish the program in 2 year, and a part-time student could complete the program in 4 years.

  • Courses
  • Jobs
    • Usability Engineer
    • Usability Analyst
    • Interaction Designer
    • Human Factors/UI Designer
    • User Experience Specialist
    • Information Architect
    • User Research Specialist
  • Employers
    • Fisher-Price
    • Xerox
    • Kodak
    • Johnson and Johnson
    • SAP
    • Yahoo
    • UserWorks
  • Program Differentiators
    • 95% of RIT graduates enter the workforce or continue to go on for further education
    • RIT alums hail from more than 101 countries and work for more than 3,000 employers
    • Upon graduation, you’ll become a member of the 114,000-strong RIT alumni community
    • We build programs based on real-time employer demand
    • The same faculty that teach on-campus, teach online
    • RIT faculty have extensive experience in the classroom, in research, and in their professional fields
    • We provide the same library services and resources, including a dedicated librarian, for online students
    • Our career specialists provide advisement to help you plan, prepare for, and meet your career goals
    • We provide enriched personalized academic advising
    • You receive the same RIT credential as traditional on-campus graduates
  • Application Requirements

    Applications may be submitted any time during the year. For priority consideration, please submit all application materials a minimum of 6 weeks prior to your intended start date.

    To be considered for admission to the master of science in human computer interaction program, candidates must complete the online application form and fulfill the following requirements:

    • Hold a baccalaureate (or equivalent) degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0* (B average)
    • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work
    • Have prior study or professional experience in computing; however, study in other disciplines will be given consideration
    • A year of object-oriented programming is expected
    • A test of English Language aptitude is required of all applicants and course registrants whose native language is not English. RIT accepts TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE exams. Students must achieve the following minimum scores prior to consideration for admission: 550 paper-based or 79 internet-based on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or 58 on the Pearson Test of English-Academic (PTE). Applicants are exempt from submitting the TOEFL, PTE-Academic, or IELTS exams if they have worked or studied in the U.S. for the last two years or they are from countries and attended universities whose native language is English. These countries include: American Samoa, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British West Indies, Canada, England, Guam, Ireland, Mauritius, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, Virgin Islands and Wales

    Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 may be considered, but are required to submit standard Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores.

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