Program of Study
Georgia Tech's Master of Science in Human-Computer Interaction (MS-HCI) is one of the oldest and most prominent programs of its kind. As an interdisciplinary program offered by four Schools – Industrial Design; Interactive Computing; Literature, Media and Communication (LMC); and Psychology – students with backgrounds in these and related fields enroll in the the most appropriate School, and interact with one another and with faculty from many disciplines, providing the broad base of knowledge and experiences that are so important to successful HCI (also know as User Experience, or UX) practitioners. The program provides students with the practical skills and theoretical understanding needed to become leaders in the design, implementation and evaluation of the next generation of human-computer interfaces. Our alumni work around the globe for national and international companies, as well as for the many dozens of companies in the Atlanta region needing HCI/UX skills.
The MS-HCI is a four–semester, 36 credit-hour degree. All students take the same core courses, a set of courses related to their chosen specialization (Computing, Digital Media, Industrial Design or Psychology), a broader set of electives and complete a master’s project. Elective courses can be in a wide variety of areas, such as Architecture, Music Technology, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Computer Science, Human-Robot Interaction, Human Factors, Management of Technology, Aerospace Engineering and Cognitive Science. Interested students can earn the Management of Technology Certificate from the Scheller College of Business.
Total hours: 36; Minimum GPA Overall: 3.0; Minimum GPA in fixed core: 3.0; Maximum pass/fail credit hours: 3 (not including seminars; 0 hours for computing specialization); Maximum undergraduate hours: 6 (must be at 4400 level) For current courses, consult the courses page, or download the most recent graduate student orientation booklet on the forms and documents page.
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Each student completes a six-credit project, working with an MS-HCI faculty member, during their second year. Students submit a project proposal late in the spring of their first year, and write a report and present their work to the four school faculty coordinators and other MS-HCI students late during the semester of graduation (as described in the MS HCI Project Requirements document). Many students leverage course projects, their work as graduate research assistants or their corporate internships with the project (all students are expected to do a summer internship between their second and third semesters). Students register their project hours with a specific professor using Special Problems course numbers in CS, ID, LMC, or PSYC:
- CS 8902, Special Problems (repeatable, variable credit hours)
- ID 6998, MS-HCI Master's Project (repeatable; variable credit hours)
- PSYC 8903, Special Problems in HCI (repeatable, variable credit hours)
- LMC 6800, Master’s Project (repeatable, variable credit hours)
The HCI-MS seminar aims to prepare you for success in your studies and careers. It includes presentations by leading HCI practitioners, including our advisory board members, concerning career choices and preparation and new HCI/UX developments, visits to corporate HCI labs in the Atlanta area, talks and discussions about potential MS projects and “how to succeed” in graduate school and as a professional. The seminar, taken by all our students during their two fall semesters, also helps create a sense of community for everyone.