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The Ph.D. in Informatics with a Human-Computer Interaction specialization is 90-credit-hour program that integrates computing, usability, interface design, the social sciences and other disciplines in the design and development of user-friendly technologies, software and information systems.

The program includes core courses, research rotations, your choice of minor, qualifying examinations and a dissertation.

Core A (15 cr.) Core B (12 cr.) Research Rotation (6 cr.) Research Theory/Methods (9 cr.)

Besides I575, two additional courses in research methods are required to better prepare you in the necessary theory, knowledge and techniques of quantitative and qualitative methodologies. These courses may be taken from programs outside the School of Informatics and Computing, such as the social sciences (e.g., psychology, anthropology, sociology, or communication). See the plan of study document for recommended research methods courses.

Electives (9 – 18 cr.)

You may take other electives (subject to approval) at the graduate level as needed for your specific research. View the plan of study for more information.

Minor (12 cr.)

You must complete a minor within a domain appropriate to your choice of specialization and/or research area.  All courses must be graduate-level and outside the School of Informatics and Computing.

Qualifying Examinations
  1. Written Exam – You must successfully complete a written qualifying examination by the end of the program’s second year. The exam is established by faculty and covers subject matter taken in the program’s core courses. The exam may be retaken once.
  2. Oral Exam – An oral examination takes place within weeks after successful completion of the written exam. You must pass both the written and oral exam before passing on to Ph.D. candidacy. The oral exam is based on the student’s response to the written exam and core course material. The exam may be retaken once.

Guide to the HCI PhD Qualifying Exams


A dissertation is a written elaboration of original research that makes creative contributions to your chosen area of specialization. Students will enroll multiple times in INFO H890 Thesis Readings and Research (1-12 cr.) as you work to complete your dissertation. All requirements must be completed within seven years of passing the qualifying exams. The dissertation process includes the following components:

  1. Proposal – This is an in-depth oral review undertaken by students who have made significant progress in their research. The proposal will be defended at a public colloquium. You must complete the proposal within one year of passing the qualifying exams.
  2. Defense – You must defend your dissertation in an open seminar scheduled when doctoral research is almost complete.

Please refer to the IUPUI Graduate School Bulletin for more details on the dissertation process.

Last updated: 04/23/2018