Degree Programs

Human-Computer Interaction Design

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 one-semester 6 credit hour capstone project.

Download the HCID MS Program handbook here: and HCID MS Capstone Thesis Handbook here:


A total of 36 credit hours is required for this degree. There are some required courses and there is some choice as described below.

Year 1 Fall

  • INFO-I 541 Interaction Design Practice (6 cr.)
  • INFO-I 590 Topic: Foundations of HCI (3 cr.)

Year 1 Spring

  • INFO-I 543 Interaction Design Methods (3 cr.)
  • INFO-I 542 Foundations of HCI (3 cr.)
  • INFO-I 561 Meaning and Form in HCI (3 cr.)

Year 2 Fall

  • INFO-I 590 Topic: Prototyping (3 cr.)

Recommended Electives* (select two):

  • INFO-I 604 Human Computer Interaction Design Theory (3 cr.)
  • INFO-I 590 Topic: Rapid Design for Slow Change (3 cr.)
  • FINA-S 552 Graphic Design (3 cr.) or similar course

Year 2 Spring

  • INFO-I 694 Thesis/Project in Human-Computer Interaction (6 cr.)

Recommended Electives* (select one):

  • INFO-I 590 Topic: TBA (3 cr.)
  • INFO-I 590 Topic: Interaction Culture (3 cr.)

*Electives and Recommended Electives

The recommended electives detailed above are the elective classes that students most typically select and the classes which they can select without additional approval from the program director. It is possible for students to tailor their particular program by selecting with approval of the director alternative graudate classes from within the University.  Independent Study or Internship credits are sometimes possible as an additonal alternative, as described in the HCI/d MS Handbook.  Electives can be from any school at Indiana University with courses related to the student's area of concentration, including other areas in Informatics and Computing and ILS. Courses that have appealed to 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.

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