Master of Science in Human-Computer Interaction
Human-computer interaction (HCI) addresses the design, evaluation, and implementation of interactive computing and computing-based systems for the benefit of human use. The HCI field has its roots in over 50 years of computer science theory, as well as in the applied social and behavioral sciences. HCI research is driven by technological advances and the increasing pervasiveness of computing devices in our society. With an emphasis on making computing technologies more user-friendly, HCI has emerged as a dynamic, multifaceted area of study that merges theory from science, engineering, and design–as well as concepts and methodologies from psychology, anthropology, sociology, and industrial design–with the technical concerns of computing.
The master of science degree in human-computer interaction provides the knowledge and skills necessary for conceptualizing, designing, implementing, and evaluating software applications and computing technologies for the benefit of the user, whether the user is an individual, a group, an organization, or a society. Human, technological, and organizational concerns are interwoven throughout the curriculum and addressed in team- and project-based learning experiences.
To be considered for admission to the MS in human-computer interaction, candidates must:
- Have a four-year baccalaureate (or equivalent) degree from a regionally accredited institution.
- Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B average).
- Submit transcripts (in English) of all previously completed coursework.
- Have prior study or professional experience in computing; however, a study in other disciplines will be given consideration.
Applicants with a GPA that is less than 3.0 may be considered, but are required to submit standard Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores.
Strong English language skills are required. As a result, applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language. A minimum score of 570 (paper-based), 230 (computer-based), or 88 (internet-based) is required.
This program requires both strong technical and social science skills. Knowledge of quantitative statistical methodologies is important since students review research studies in the literature as well as analyze the results of their own usability evaluations. Students are also expected to have a solid background in computer programming and interactive multimedia development. These competencies may be demonstrated by previous coursework, technical certifications, or comparable work experience. RIT offers courses that may be used to bridge areas where gaps occur in an applicant’s application. Applicants will be made aware of any areas where additional coursework may be necessary.
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Last updated April 25, 2018