Masters of Human-Computer Interaction

The Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University offers the longest-running and most impactful masters of human-computer interaction (MHCI) in the world.

MHCI graduates often rave about the real-world experience they gain through our capstone project course. Working in teams of four to six, students collaborate with an industry sponsor to innovate, improve or modify a new or existing human-to-machine technology. Recent MHCI capstone sponsor Bloomberg captured their experience with our students in the video on the right. (Interested in becoming a capstone sponsor? Contact MHCI faculty Brad Myers and Jason Hong at bam [at] (bam [at] ) and jasonh [at] (Jason Hong)

Some highlights of this program include:

  • An interdisciplinary orientation
  • A 12-month, 12-course duration
  • Diverse faculty from computer science, design, psychology, learning sciences, business administration, electrical engineering and human-computer interaction
  • A substantial project component for an external client, with a team orientation

Carnegie Mellon’s MHCI is known by companies hiring leading HCI professionals for its interdisciplinary nature, creativity and ability to graduate professionals with a deep knowledge of computer science, behavioral science and design. The MHCI is a two-year master’s program that spans 12 months. During the first semester, students learn core knowledge in programming, design, psychology and HCI methods. During the second and third semesters, the students can choose from diverse electives across the university while they participate in a substantial industry capstone project with an external client.

At the end of 12 months, our students go on to successful careers where they lead and collaborate in the design and implementation of effective, efficient, and desirable software and technical systems. They are poised to contribute to multidisciplinary teams that typically develop software, technical systems and interfaces. They are broadly knowledgeable about the techniques for building successful user interfaces, the design principles that make user interfaces visually clear and appealing, and the techniques for identifying needs for software, its success, and the people and organizations that will use their systems.

Our Student Outcomes

Since 1994, our program has graduated more than 600 students. The in-depth interdisciplinary experiences here at Carnegie Mellon make our students the glue between design, development and management in many companies. The MHCI student is often hired to play one role, but quickly becomes an indispensable team player — in many cases, a team leader for research, design and strategy in software, technical or consulting engagements.

For MHCI Information

Nicole Willis
Associate Director of MHCI
Human-Computer Interaction Institute
Carnegie Mellon University
300 S. Craig Street, Suite 209
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

January 31, 2017

Application Deadline

Applications for the 2017 academic year will open by September 30, 2016.