MS in Human-Computer Interaction

Master of Science Fall 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.
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Curriculum Requirements

Prerequisite Phase
The goal of the prerequisite phase is to give students the background necessary for starting the graduate program. These prerequisite phase requirements can be fulfilled in one of three ways:
  • The student takes the course and earns a grade of B- or higher
  • The student takes a Graduate Assessment Exam (GAE) to test out of the course
  • The faculty advisor waives the course because of equivalent academic background or work experience.

All students are blocked from enrolling in Graduate Phase courses prior to completing their prerequisites. Students must submit an online Change of Status request (through myCDM) when the Prerequisite Phase is completed to inform the Student Services offices that the block can be removed.

IT 130
IT 223
IT 238
IM 270
HCI 302
Foundation Phase
HCI 440
HCI 450
HCI 470

Students in the Foundation Phase may register for a maximum of four Advanced Phase 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 Foundation Phase. PM 440 counts as an HCI elective.
Advanced Phase
HCI 430
HCI 445
HCI 460
HCI 454
Major electives
Students must complete 4 elective courses from the lists below:
  • HCI Electives
    HCI 422
    HCI 432
    HCI 511
    HCI 514
    HCI 520
    HCI 521
    HCI 530
    HCI 580
    HCI 590
  • Other Electives
    CSC 423
    CSC 424
    CSC 428
    CSC 451
    CSC 587
    ECT 433
    ECT 455
    ECT 480
    ECT 586
    GAM 424
    IS 456
    IS 511
    IS 570
    IT 432
    PM 430
    OR SE 477
    PM 440
    PSY 402
    PSY 404
    PSY 473
    PSY 557
    PSY 680
    SE 482
    GPH 425
    GPH 438
    SE 430
Open electives
Student must complete 1 advisor-approved CDM elective. Elective courses are in the range of 420-699 and must be from the College of CDM.
HCI 594

Degree Requirements

Students in this degree program must meet the following requirements:
  • complete a minimum of 52 graduate credit hours (generally 13 courses) beyond the Prerequisite Phase
  • earn a grade of B- or better in each Prerequisite Phase course
  • earn a grade of C- or better in all graduate courses beyond the Prerequisite Phase
  • maintain a graduate level GPA of 2.50 or higher while pursuing their degree
  • achieve a graduate GPA of 2.50 or higher at the completion of all other requirements
  • students pursuing their second master's degree must complete 52 graduate credit hours (generally 13 courses) beyond their first master's degree.

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.