Master of Science in Human-Computer Interaction

ms human-computer interaction

Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) is the study of how people use computers throughout their lives. The research done in Georgia Tech's Master of Science in HCI seeks to develop user interfaces that are useful, usable, and enjoyable. It focuses on activities ranging from design to development to evaluation of computer systems, with a goal of understanding how computers and technology affect people and society.

The MS in HCI is an interdisciplinary program offered collaboratively by four schools:

  1. Industrial Design
  2. Interactive Computing
  3. Literature, Media, and Communication (LMC)
  4. Psychology

Students enter the MS-HCI program through any of the four participating units, the choice of which usually reflects that student's intended area of specialization and general background. Students with diverse and eclectic backgrounds are encouraged to apply, including those with previous work experience.

The program provides the practical skills and theoretical understandings needed to become leaders in the design, implementation and evaluation of the next generation of human-computer interfaces. Alumni work around the globe for national and international companies.

Find out about program requirements, faculty, students and more on the MS HCI program website.

Program of Study

The degree requires 36 credit hours, which are usually taken over four semesters (three if you push hard). All students take the same core courses, a set of courses related to their chosen specialization (Computing, Digital Media in LMC, Industrial Design, Psychology), a broader set of electives and complete a master’s project. Students do an internship in the summer after their first year of study.

Elective courses can be in a wide variety of areas, such as Architecture, Music Technology, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Computer Science, Human-Robot Interaction, Human Factors, Management of Technology and Cognitive Science. Students can earn the Management of Technology Certificate from the College of Management.

Well over 50 faculty work in these and closely-related areas, and are associated with research labs and centers such as the GVU Center, the Aware Home, the Health Systems Institute, the Sonification Lab, the Human Factors and Aging Lab, the Experimental Television Lab, and many more.