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Salary and Career Info

Human-Computer Interaction MS

In the human-computer interaction master's degree, you'll study how people interact with websites, computer systems, and software, enabling you to create intuitive interfaces that improve how we interact with and use emerging technologies.

Program skills

The MS 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.

Program facilities equipment

Over 300 computers for student use distributed among several labs, including active-learning labs for course instruction in programming, interface design, and application development. Computers include Mac OSX, Windows 10, Windows Server, and Linux available to all students. Students have class in or access to the Usability Testing Lab and the Center for Accessibility and Inclusion Research Lab. 

Program job titles reported

User Experience Researcher; UI/UX Designer; Interaction Designer; Usability Specialist; Entrepreneur; Frontend Developer; Mobile Applications Designer; Product Designer; Research Associate; Senior Software Engineer; UX/UI Developer

Program significant points

  • The core courses provide knowledge and skills in the conceptual and methodological frameworks of HCI and HCI research
  • Students may complete a thesis or capstone project. This experience is meant to be an empirical study of a HCI problem, which can be the development of a software product through user-centered design processes.

Select program hiring partners

Bank of New York Mellon; Blue Shield of California; Bose Corporation; Chatham Financial; Cisco; EPAM Continuum; Exponent; HP; Huawei Technologies; HubSpot; Juniper Networks; LenelS2; McGraw-Hill; Printforia; Retail Business Services, a proud company of Ahold Delhaize; RIT - MAGIC Spells Studios; Verizon; Whirlpool Corporation


Outcome Rates*

Total percentage of graduates who have entered the workforce, enrolled in full-time graduate study, or are pursuing alternative plans (military service, volunteering, etc.).


Knowledge Rate

*Total percentage of graduates for whom RIT has verifiable data, compared to national average knowledge rate of 41% per NACE.
Outcome % of Students
Employed 88.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 4.00%
Alternative Plans 0%
Outcome % of Students
Employed 88.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 4.00%
Alternative Plans 0%

Experiential Learning

Cooperative Education

Cooperative education, or co-op for short, is full-time, paid work experience in your field of study. And it sets RIT graduates apart from their competitors. It’s exposure–early and often–to a variety of professional work environments, career paths, and industries. RIT co-op is designed for your success.

Cooperative education is optional but strongly encouraged for graduate students in the human-computer interaction program.

Creative Industry Day

RIT’s Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education hosts Creative Industry Day, which connects students majoring in art, design, film and animation, photography, and select computing majors with companies, organizations, creative agencies, design firms, and more. You'll be able to network with company representatives and interview directly for open co-op and permanent employment positions.