About This Program
Computers are becoming a more and more integral part of the professional world, which means that companies need to consider how their human employees interact with these tools. With an MS in Human-Computer Interaction Design from School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University, graduates will be excellent candidates for these roles of the future. Graduates from this information architecture program have been hired at companies such as eBay, Yahoo!, Uber, Microsoft, and IBM.
This IA program is designed with three career goal themes. These are Interaction Design, Design Strategies, and Research, Scholarship, & Creative Activity. All students will take courses related to all of these themes, and then most will choose one to emphasize in their studies. Interaction Design will appeal to students who are interested in designing interfaces. Design Strategies will appeal to students who want to manage consultancies, and Research, Scholarship, & Creative Activity is appropriate for students interested in pursuing academia. Students are not expected to know which track they would like to pursue when beginning the program and will have the opportunity to explore their options.
There are both required coursework and electives in this information architecture program. The required courses include Foundations of HCI/d, Prototyping, Interaction Design Practice, Visual Thinking, Interaction Design Methods, and a Capstone course. Recommended electives include Rapid Design for Slow Change, Graphics & Diagramming, Mobile and Pervasive Computing, and Visual Foundations of HCI/d. There are also a number of undergraduate courses in HCI/d which are cross-listed with graduate classes. The range of courses available means that students can design their own information architecture program by working with their advisor.
This information architecture program consists of 36 credit hours, which is typically taken over two consecutive years, with students taking three courses at a time. Students will be a part of a cohort and will take different classes at different times depending on their cohort. Near the end of their time in the IA degree program, all students complete a capstone project, which involves designing a real-world user experience that ties into their personal career goals.
Master’s degree students at Indiana University have the opportunity to attend weekly seminars with distinguished faculty and other experts. There are a wide range of topics available, and they all provide students with the opportunity to broaden and deepen their knowledge. All students are encouraged to participate in both Honors seminars and HCI/d seminars.
Applications to the MS in MCI/d for the fall semester are due January 1. Applicants should compile a portfolio of their prior work, which could include website design, interaction design, writing samples, published papers, prototypes, or curricular materials. Students without a background in HCI/d are strongly encouraged to apply, and to compile a portfolio – in the form of a single PDF – that shows their personal talents.