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Master of Science in Human-Computer Interaction

Master of Science in Human-Computer Interaction

The Master of Science in Human-Computer Interaction (MS-HCI) is a unique interdisciplinary program offered collaboratively by four separate schools at Georgia Tech: Interactive Computing; Literature, Media and Communication (LMC); Psychology; and Industrial Design. Broadly defined, this study strives to find the perfect relationship between humans and computers. HCI goes beyond computation and screen interface to predict new situations that can be facilitated with computers.

MS-HCI caters to subject-specific specializations in collaboration with various schools of Georgia Tech. The MS-HCI website offers more details on the various options, including the popular industrial design track.

Industrial Design Specialization

  • Students will interact with peers and faculty from these four schools and other specializations, with the intention of providing them a broad base of knowledge and experience that is essential for moving into the field of HCI practice. 
  • The MS-HCI curriculum is built around a four-semester, 36-credit-hour course of study. A set of core courses is required of all students. This is supplemented by a specialized core within the industrial design program, plus a broad range of electives from the four schools involved in the MS-HCI program.   
  • To add to their classroom/studio experience, students will also complete an internship during the summer after their first year of study and  finish their degree with a master’s project.  
  • Electives include specialization in areas such as: Human-Centered Design, Health Care Design, Interactive Product Design, Creativity and Design Cognition, Design for Interaction, Interface Prototyping, Design of Interactive Environments, Universal Design, and Web Design Accessibility. 
  • This interdisciplinary program is organized to provide students the practical skills and theoretical foundations needed to become leaders in the design, implementation, and evaluation of the next generation of HCI. Graduates can look forward to being employed by national and international companies needing this expertise.

Diversity Matters

Leva Mikolaviciute"The biggest strength of the HCI program is diversity, but in the sense of what everyone in your class brings to the program. Everyone had their own unique path to the program -- it brings so many different elements to your projects, it's a great influence. Workplaces these days say they have diversity in gender or ethnicity, but they don't always have diversity in thinking. In grad school, that's the biggest difference." - Leva Mikolaviciute, MS-HCI-ID


Other Graduate Options

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Master of Industrial Design (MID)

From Experience Designers and Interaction Designers to UX/UI Strategists, our graduates excel as leaders in design.
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Assistantships and Fellowships

Be a Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) or Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA).
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Labs and Research

Learn more about the different ways our faculty and students are engaging in research.

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