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School of Communication and Information

School of Information Sciences

College of Communication and Information

Graduate Program

Master of Science in Human-Computer Interaction

The Master of Science in Human-Computer Interaction (HCIM) is a unique cross disciplinary degree program that integrates information studies, computer science, education, psychology and engineering to prepare future HCI leaders in industry, government, education and other sectors. Through coursework and research experiences, students in this program will develop skills in the fundamentals of HCI, advanced research methods, usability analysis and testing, social computing strategies and technologies, and technology design.

Degree Requirements

With the aid of an advisor, the HCIM student devises a plan of study to meet graduation requirements: three core courses, a required internship, a thesis or capstone project, and elective courses for a total of 30 credit hours.

 

 

Core Courses

 

 

The core courses introduce a broad range of concepts related to HCI and provide the necessary background for more specialized courses and the completion of the thesis or capstone project. They must be completed within the first 18 hours of the program.

 

 

 

  • LBSC795 Principles of Human-Computer Communication (3 credits)
  • LBSC708N Special Topics in Information Studies: Human-Computer Interaction Design Methods (3 credits)
  • LBSC 701 Research Methods in Library and Information Studies (3 credits)

 

 

A student who earns a course grade of C, D, or F in a core course is placed on academic probation and reviewed by the College’s Master’s Committee. The Committee may require the student to repeat the course or may dismiss the student from the program.

 

 

 

Required Courses

 

 

In addition to the core courses, students must complete the following:

 

 

 

  • Required Internship (3 credits)
  • Thesis or capstone project (6 credits)

 

 

 

 

Elective Courses

 

 

 

Students will take 12 credits of elective courses in the following areas: Information Policy, Information Ethics, Users and Use Context, Information and Universal Usability, Information Environments.

 

 

Special Topics Courses and Independent Studies

 

 

LBSC 708 Special Topics in Information Studies

 

LBSC 708 Special Topics in Information Studies may be repeated. However, credit will not be given for repeating the same special topics section, as indicated by the letter suffix and title. HCIM students may not take for credit both a special topics course and the same course after it is converted to a permanent course. No student may earn more than 9 credits under LBSC 708, or more than 12 credits in LBSC 708 and LBSC 709 combined.

 

 

LBSC 709 Independent Study

 

 

A HCIM student may register for only three credits of LBSC 709 Independent Study per instructor per semester. A HCIM student completing a thesis may include no more than three credits of LBSC 709 Independent Study in his/her program. No student may earn more than 9 credits under LBSC 709, or more than 12 credits in LBSC 708 and LBSC 709 combined.