MS in Human-Computer Interaction

Master of Science Winter & Spring 2012-2013

Human-Computer Interaction

The Master of Science in Human-Computer Interaction prepares students to design, implement, and evaluate computer interfaces so that they are accessible and easy for people to use. This interdisciplinary degree integrates concepts and methods from computer science, graphic design and the social sciences to provide a comprehensive understanding of the user-centered design process.

Students in this program will acquire a broad range of skills including:

  • Carry out the full user-centered design process
  • Conduct usability tests
  • Research users and their tasks
  • Create the information architecture for a web site or complex application
  • Develop working prototypes of dynamic web sites

Learn more about admission to this program.

Online Learning Options
This degree can be completed entirely online. CDM online degrees are delivered mostly through COL-enabled courses, although other delivery technologies are also used. If a course is COL-enabled, any student registered in the course has access to the course playback. Students are strongly encouraged to utilize the COL resource wherever available. To complete this degree a student may take any combination of online and on campus courses. For more information on online learning at CDM visit the Online Learning page.
Degree Requirements
Students in this degree program must meet the following requirements:
  • Complete a minimum of 52 graduate credit hours in addition to any required introductory courses of the designated degree program.
  • Complete all graduate courses and requirements listed in the designated degree program.
  • Earn a grade of B- or better in each introductory course of the designated degree program.
  • Earn a grade of C- or better in all courses beyond the introductory courses of the designated degree program.
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Students pursuing a second master's degree must complete a minimum of *52 graduate credit hours beyond their first designated degree program in addition to any required introductory courses in their second designated degree program.
    *53 graduate credit hours required for MS Information Systems.

Students with a GPA of 3.9 or higher will graduate with distinction.

For DePaul's policy on repeat graduate courses and a complete list of academic policies see the DePaul Graduate Handbook in the Course Catalog.

Course Requirements
Introductory Courses
Introductory courses may be waived for any of the following conditions:
  • The student has the appropriate course work to satisfy an Introductory Course.
  • The student has appropriate and verified professional experience to satisfy an Introductory Course.
  • The student passes a Graduate Assessment Examination (GAE) in the Introductory Course area.
IT 411 Scripting for Interactive Systems
HCI 406 Web Site Design for HCI
HCI 402 Foundations of Digital Design
IT 403 Statistics and Data Analysis
Foundation Courses
HCI 440 Introduction to User-Centered Design
HCI 450 Foundations of Human-Computer Interaction
HCI 470 Digital Page Formatting

Students currently taking Foundation Courses may register for a maximum of four Advanced Courses. To take full advantage of the collaborative learning environment, students taking online courses are highly encouraged to take PM 440 (Collaborative Technologies) early in the program. PM 440 counts as an HCI elective.
Advanced Courses
HCI 430 Prototyping and Implementation
HCI 445 Inquiry Methods and Use Analysis
HCI 460 Usability Evaluation Methods
HCI 454 Interaction Design and Information Architecture
Major Elective Courses
Students must complete 4 elective courses from the lists below:

HCI Electives
HCI 422 Multimedia
HCI 432 User-Centered Web Development
HCI 511 Accessibility and Design for Diverse Users
HCI 514 Global User Research
HCI 520 Learner-Centered Design
HCI 521 Designing for Content Management Systems
HCI 530 Usability Issues for Handheld Devices
HCI 580 User Experience Design Practicum
HCI 590 Topics in Human-Computer Interaction
  • Other Electives
    CSC 423 Data Analysis and Regression
    CSC 424 Advanced Data Analysis
    CSC 428 Data Analysis for Experimenters
    CSC 451 Database Design
    CSC 587 Cognitive Science
    ECT 433 Survey of Web Programming Technologies
    ECT 455 E-Commerce Web Site Engineering
    ECT 480 Intranets and Portals
    ECT 586 Customer Relationship Management Technologies
    GAM 424 Game Design Workshop
    IS 456 Knowledge Management Systems
    IS 511 Social Issues of Computing
    IS 570 Enterprise System Implementation
    IT 432 Web Architecture
    PM 430 Fundamentals of IT Project Management
    OR SE 477 Software and Systems Project Management
    PM 440 Collaborative Technologies for Leading Projects
    PSY 402 Perceptual Processes
    PSY 404 Learning and Cognitive Processes
    PSY 473 The Psychology of Judgment and Decision- Making
    PSY 557 Seminar in Learning and Cognitive Processes
    PSY 680 Industrial and Organizational Psychology
    SE 482 Requirements Engineering
    GPH 425 Survey of Computer Graphics
    GPH 438 Computer Animation Survey
    SE 430 Object Oriented Modeling
Open Elective Courses
Student must complete 1 advisor-approved CDM elective. Open elective courses are in the range of 421-699 and must be from the College of CDM.
HCI 594 Human-Computer Interaction Capstone