Master of Science
The Master of Science in Human-Computer Interaction prepares students to ideate, design, implement, and evaluate computer-based technologies so they are useful and usable for end users. This interdisciplinary degree integrates concepts and methods from computer science, graphic design and the social sciences. Drawing upon these concepts and methods, students learn user-centered and participatory design approaches as they create information and communication technologies (ICTs) such as dynamic web sites, mobile apps and desktop applications. Particular emphasis is given to ICT evaluation, exploratory user research, information architecture, interaction design and prototype development.
HCI program includes a foundational core of HCI courses supplemented by a diverse offering of electives. You may choose from a range of topics including mobile computing, social media, accessibility, and information visualization. In addition, students may take courses from other CDM majors including information systems, project management, software engineering and computer science.
A graduate degree in HCI will prepare you for many different kinds of careers in user experience (UX). Our graduates have many different job titles including, interaction designer, information architect, user experience designer, usability specialist, and user researcher. You will be entering a growing and dynamic profession that will afford you many exciting career options. Employers of our HCI graduates include Allstate, GfK, Grainger, JP Morgan Chase, Manifest Digital, Microsoft, Motorola, Razorfish, and Sears Holding Corporation.
DePaul HCI faculty are active in multiple areas of HCI related research. For more information see the
HCI Research page. If you are interested in one of the faculty's research projects, feel free to contact the faculty directly. Several students have not only been involved in research projects for independent study credit, but also have publications in peer reviewed venues that demonstrate their work. These research projects give you another option for adding real world projects to your portfolio.
Many of our HCI students and program graduates contribute to local professional organizations. Particularly active is the
Chicago Interaction Design Association (IxDA), which has several program graduates currently serving in leadership roles. IxDA provides yet another opportunity for you as an HCI student to network with UX professionals and DePaul HCI graduates.
Our user research lab is located on the downtown loop campus. The lab is designed to support a variety of studies, including usability, games user research, and focus groups.