MS in Human-Computer Interaction

Master of Science 2013-2014

Human-Computer Interaction

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 (or more) graduate degree may not double count or retake any course that applied toward the completion of a prior graduate degree. If a required course in the second degree was already completed and applied toward a previous degree, the student must meet with a faculty advisor to discuss a new course to be completed and substituted in the new degree. This rule also applies to cross-listed courses, which are considered to be the same course but offered under different subjects.
  • 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
No Introductory course (a course numbered 400 through 419) may be substituted for any other course at any level.

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 Design

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 421 Designing for Content Management Systems
HCI 422 Multimedia
HCI 511 Accessibility and Design for Diverse Users
HCI 512 Information Visualization and Infographics
HCI 514 Global User Research
HCI 520 Learner-Centered Design
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