MS in Human-Computer Interaction

Master of Science 2014-2015

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
OR HCI 441 Introduction to User-Centered Development
HCI 450 Foundations of Human-Computer Interaction

Students currently taking Foundation Courses may also register for Major Elective Courses if they have successfully completed the prerequisites for those courses.
Advanced Courses
HCI 430 Prototyping and Implementation
HCI 445 Inquiry Methods and Use Analysis
HCI 454 Interaction Design and Information Architecture
HCI 460 Usability Evaluation Methods
HCI 470 Digital Design
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 Mobile Design
HCI 553 Social Interaction Design
HCI 580 User Experience Design Practicum
HCI 590 Topics in Human-Computer Interaction

Other Electives
CNS 440 Information Security Management
CSC 423 Data Analysis and Regression
CSC 424 Advanced Data Analysis
CSC 451 Database Design
CSC 465 Data Visualization
CSC 587 Cognitive Science
ECT 455 E-Commerce Web Site Engineering
ECT 480 Intranets and Portals
ECT 586 Customer Relationship Management Technologies
GAM 424 Game Design Workshop
IS 485 Requirements Elicitation, Analysis, and Specification
IS 511 Social Issues of Computing
IS 570 Enterprise System Implementation
IT 432 Web Architecture
IT 590 Topics in Information Technology
MKT 555 Decisions in Marketing Management
PM 430 Fundamentals of IT Project Management
OR SE 477 Software and Systems Project Management
PM 440 Collaborative Technologies for Leading Projects
PSY 404 Learning and Cognitive Processes
PSY 473 The Psychology of Judgment and Decision- Making
PSY 680 Industrial and Organizational Psychology
SE 430 Object Oriented Modeling
SE 482 Requirements Engineering
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