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.
$1,081 per credit hour (2018-19 AY)
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.
- Research Methods (3 credits)
- Foundations of Human-Computer Interaction (3 credits)
- Information and Interaction Design (3 credits)
- Application Domain Courses (6 credits)
- Usability Testing (3 credits)
- MS Human Computer Interaction Capstone Proposal (3 credits)
- Program Elective (9 credits)
- MS HCI Project (1–4 credit)
Application Domain Courses:
Geographic Information Science and Technology:
Smart Device Application Design and Development:
- Designing User Experiences for Internet-enabled Devices (3 credits)
- Human Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices (3 credits)
- Leading Change (3 credits)
- Training for Global Organizations (3 credits)
- Usability Engineer
- Usability Analyst
- Interaction Designer
- Human Factors/UI Designer
- User Experience Specialist
- Information Architect
- User Research Specialist
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- 95% of RIT graduates enter the workforce or continue to go on for further education
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- Upon graduation, you’ll become a member of the 121,000-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
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 (TOEFL) is required of all applicants and course registrants whose native language is not English. The minimum TOEFL scores of 570 (paper-based) or 88 (internet-based) are required. Scores from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and Pearson Test of English (PTE-Academic) are accepted in place of the TOEFL exam. Applicants are exempt from submitting the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE-Academic 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.
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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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