Skip to main content

Human-Computer Interaction, M.S.

Level up your career with a Master of Science in Human-Computer Interaction from IU Online. Fast and flexible, this program prepares you for careers in high-demand tech fields, including user experience research and design, conversational interfaces, social computing, and the Internet of Things.

A female student points in the air while looking through virtual reality goggles.

Course Delivery: 100% Online

Total Credits: 36

In-State Tuition Per Credit: $414.00

Out-of-State Tuition Per Credit: $621.00

Cost of attendance may vary by campus. View the total cost calculator

A woman points to a chart on her computer, a wall of post-its and wireframes is behind her.

Degree Overview

As a student in the M.S. in Human-Computer Interaction, you’ll be immersed in a project-based, hands-on learning environment. You’ll explore emerging field research and collaborate with industry leaders, all while learning to design and create usable and effective interactive systems for companies in Indiana and worldwide.

You’ll also gain valuable insight from faculty in areas such as interaction design, accessibility, social computing research, and user experience research.

You’ll graduate with an Indiana University degree respected by employers worldwide—and you can work on yours anytime and anywhere.

And the benefits start long before graduation. More than half of IU Online students advance in their careers before they complete their degree.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor’s degree
  2. GPA of 3.0 or higher

To apply to this program, complete an online application that includes:

  1. Official transcripts
  2. GRE scores (Optional)
  3. Resume and portfolio
  4. Personal statement (500–750 words)
  5. Three letters of recommendation
  6. TOEFL or IELTS scores (international students only)

Application Deadlines

Fall semester (early action): Jan 15

Fall semester: Mar 1

Spring semester (international students): Sep 1

Spring semester: Oct 1

The IU Online M.S. in Human-Computer Interaction prepares you for such careers as:

  • Interaction designer
  • Product designer
  • Product manager
  • Search quality analyst
  • Senior human factors engineer
  • User experience (UX) designer
  • UX engineer UX researcher
  • User interface (UI) designer and developer
  • UI/UX architect

To earn the M.S. in Human-Computer Interaction, you must complete 36 credit hours. Requirements are broken down as follows:

  • General core (15 credits)
  • Specialized electives (15–21 credits)
  • Open electives (0–6 credits)


Core Classes for the MS in Human-Computer Interaction
Course Number Course Name Credits
INFO-H 541 Interaction Design Practice 3 Credits
INFO-H 543 Interaction Design Methods 3 Credits
INFO-H 561 Meaning and Form in HCI 3 Credits
INFO-H 563 Psychology of HCI 3 Credits
INFO-H 564 Prototyping for Interactive Systems  3 Credits

Specialized Electives

Specialized Electives for the MS in Human-Computer Interaction
Course Number Course Name Credits
INFO-H 517 Visualization Design and Analysis 3 Credits
INFO-H 565  Collaborative and Social Computing 3 Credits
INFO-H 566 Experience Design for Ubiquitous Computing 3 Credits
INFO-H 583 Conversational User Interfaces 3 Credits
INFO-I 501 Introduction to Informatics 3 Credits
INFO-I 575 Informatics Research Design 3 Credits
INFO-I 590 Experience Design and Evaluation of Access Technologies 3 Credits
INFO-I 590 Tangible and Embodied Interaction 3 Credits
INFO-I 590 Programming for Interaction Designers 3 Credits
INFO-I 590 UX Design Ethics 3 Credits
INFO-I 595 Professional Internship 3 Credits
NEWM-N 510 Web Database Concepts 3 Credits

Find course descriptions with our Search Schedule of Classes/Courses (Public) tool.

Find the answers you need or start your application. We’re here to help!