Why a Master's in Human-Computer Interaction?

As the world grows increasingly dependent on new technologies, the need has never been greater to create easy-to-use, meaningful technologies for diverse populations. Technology is an integral part of the lives of individuals everywhere; it touches every aspect of the ways in which people learn, work and play. The Master of Science in Human-Computer Interaction degree integrates information studies, computer science, education, psychology, and engineering to prepare HCI leaders of the future.




Program Structure

The HCIM curriculum consists of core courses, electives, an internship in the summer between the first and second years, and the option of either a capstone project or a master’s thesis.

What’s Possible With a
Degree in HCI?
Pursuing a degree in human-computer interaction can open up many different career paths. User experience professionals work in a range of industries, including IT, finance, healthcare, education, and consumer products. According to a March 2014 Nielsen Norman Group report based on a survey of nearly 1,000 people working in user experience, a master’s degree is the most common educational level, and HCI is the most popular discipline among those with master’s degrees.

Possible careers include:

Information Architect

Interaction Designer

Usability Analyst

User Experience Designer

User Experience Researcher

User Interface Designer

User Researcher

Visual Designer

Front-end / UI Developer

                  Where Students Go

  Our students have moved on to successful careers in industry at companies such as
Students have also gone on to pursue PhD studies at leading research institutions.

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Applications for Fall 2020 are now open and will be accepted through January 15th 2020.

Admission requirements are listed in the UMD iSchool website here. 


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October 10, 2019

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Master of Science in Human-Computer Interaction

College of Information Studies

University of Maryland
4105 Hornbake Bldg, South Wing
4130 Campus Drive
College Park, MD 20742