Rochester Institute of Technology

Academic Program Overviews

Student Skills & Capabilities, Salary Data, Career Information 

Human-Centered Computing BS Human-Computer Interaction MS

Program Overview

Human-Centered Computing (HCC) and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) combine principles from computing, design, and psychology to advance the ways individuals, workgroups, and communities interact with modern technology. The human-computer relationship changes with every advance as the days of one person / one computer fade into the past. We’ve moved into a world of multiple, interconnected technologies responding to our needs in real time. The world needs professionals to design, prototype, implement and evaluate interactive computing systems—the core skills you master to attain the HCC/HCI degree.
HCC/HCI professionals explore and adapt access to and interaction with technology. These programs teach you to find ways to integrate technology with our everyday lives—regardless of our physical capabilities, age, or location. HCC/HCI professionals change the world every day, whether developing ways to make computers animate American Sign Language, designing a successor to Fitbit, or building the next generation of speech recognition software. HCC/HCI people drive the global accessibility effort, both as students and as professionals.
The BS degree offers 6 areas of concentration: accessibility, design, front-end development, psychology, instructional technology, and natural language processing.

Degrees Awarded

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Master of Science


  • About 45 BS and 50 MS students are enrolled in the Human-Centered Computing/Human-Computer Interaction degree programs.

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • BS students are required to complete at least two co-op work assignments. Co-op students are able to work in 3 or 6 month assignments. Co-op is optional for MS students

Salary Information

Human-Computer Interaction Master of Science
Co-op: $26.55         $10.00 - $50.00 range
Human-Centered Computing Bachelor of Science
Co-op: $17.97         $14.00 - $25.00 range

No salary data is available at this time for the BS-HCC degree.

Student Skills & Capabilities

End of the Second Academic Year:
Object-oriented application development using Java (two-course sequence). Content design & development using HTML5 (responsive), JavaScript, C#, mobile hybrid application development and content development tools. Two years of psychology, including cognitive psychology and two semesters of research methods. Prototyping the user experience as well as usability testing. Hands-on hardware and software experience, direct experience in a variety of computing environments on multiple platforms, including Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.
During the Third and Fourth Academic Years:
Designing for accessibility.  Integration and deployment of technology in an enterprise, including needs assessment and technology transfer. Higher level skills in the concentration the student chooses.

Equipment & Facilities

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

Job Titles

Usability Analyst, User Experience Designer, Human Factors Engineer, Usability Specialist, Web Designer, Interaction Designer, Information Architect

Significant Points

  • Faculty in the BS and MS programs have many years of industry experience that provide a unique approach to learning and practical skill application to real world solutions
  • According to the National Science Foundation, Human-Centered Computing (HCC) is a rapidly evolving area that is frequently redefined by cutting edge research.
  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projected that jobs for computer network architects may grow 9% for the decade of 2014-2024

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

Aetna, Ahold Delhaize, Apple, Autodesk, ESRI, Exablox, Hewlett Packard, Kodak Alaris, Makeway, Nvidia, RIT, Wegmans, Xerox

Contact Us

We appreciate your interest in your career and we will make every effort to help you succeed. Feel free to contact Stephanie Ryan, the career services coordinator works with the Human-Centered Computing and Human-Computer Interaction programs. For your convenience, you can access information and services through our web site at
Stephanie Ryan, Career Services Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 585.475.7823; 585.475.2301
Rochester Institute of Technology . Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education
Bausch & Lomb Center . 57 Lomb Memorial Drive . Rochester NY  14623-5603