Human-Computer Interaction Design

M.S. in Human-Computer Interaction (design emphasis)
M.S. Requirements

The Master of Science in HCI (design emphasis) is an intensive, two-year program that teaches students to shape new media, interactive tools, artifacts, and systems in ways that enhance usability, augment learning, facilitate communication, and enrich the lives of the people using them. The program culminates in a two-semester capstone project.

Download the M.S. in HCI handbook (PDF) and HCI/d capstone handbook (PDF).


A total of 36 credit hours is required for this degree, including 21–24 credit hours devoted to core HCI/d course work, required of all students; 6 credit hours from a selected list of courses (“selectives”); and 6–9 credit hours in other disciplines that will round out the student’s professional profile.

Human-Computer Interaction Design (21–24 Credits)

  • INFO I541 Interaction Design Practice (3 cr.)
  • INFO I543 Interaction Design Methods (3 cr.)
  • INFO I590 Foundations of HCI (3 cr.)
  • INFO I561 Meaning and Form in HCI/d (3 cr.)
  • INFO I542 Experience Design
  • INFO I694 Capstone/Thesis (3+3 cr.)
  • Graphic Design for Interaction Designers (conditionally required, 3 cr.)*

* Currently under development. More information will be available at a later date.

Selected Human-Computer Interaction Design Electives (6 Credits)

“Selectives” courses are subject to change. Recent topics have included:

  • Interaction Culture
  • Theory of HCI/d
  • Pervasive Computing
  • Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW)

Informatics and Beyond (6–9 credits)

The additional 6–9 hours of electives can be from any school or college at Indiana University with courses related to the student’s area of concentration, including other areas in Informatics and Computing. Popular courses among our students can be found in the School of Fine Arts, the Department of Communication and Culture, the Department of Telecommunications, and the Kelley School of Business. Please note that other schools are not required to allow HCI/d students to participate in their courses.

Academic Bulletins

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