Master of Human-Computer Interaction

The longest-running and most impactful Master of Human-Computer Interaction in the world.

The Master of Human-Computer Interaction (MHCI) program at Carnegie Mellon University is the first program in the world dedicated to preparing professionals for careers related to human-computer interaction, user experience design and user-centered research.

The MHCI program integrates service and design thinking into a rigorous HCI curriculum that prepares our students to design and guide the future of human and technology interactions.

About the MHCI Program

  • The MHCI program is a three-semester program completed over the course of a full calendar year (August-August).
  • It is a professional degree that prepares students for industry and a career related to user experience, human-computer interaction and beyond.
  • Our program is interdisciplinary to its core. Each year, cohorts are made up of richly diverse student groups with varying degrees of industry experience and backgrounds in design, social science, business and computer science among many others.
  • MHCI is led by faculty who are driving and defining the world of HCI. They bring together expertise in computer science, cognitive psychology, behavioral science, design and many are experts coming directly from industry. Our diverse range of faculty powers the interdisciplinary culture in the HCII.
  • The flagship course of the MHCI program is the seven-month Capstone course, a research and design team project with an external industry client.

The MHCI Experience

During the first semester, students learn core HCI methodologies and techniques in the required classes, while customizing their academic experience with the immense selection of electives across all of the schools at Carnegie Mellon University.

While completing the second and third semesters, students continue their diverse electives and complete a substantial industry capstone project with an external client. Our alumni praise the capstone course as being one of the most instrumental courses in their academic career.

Since our first graduating class in 1997, we have graduated over 700 MHCI students who are defining the ways humans interact with technology. They are user researchers, experience designers, product managers, entrepreneurs and business owners, and software developers. More importantly, they are strategizing and defining the future of technology in companies across the globe. 

January 31, 2017

Application Deadline

Applications for the 2017 academic year are due by January 31, 2017 by 11:59 PM EST.



Learn more about the interdisciplinary core courses that shape the curriculum for the MHCI program.

MHCI Associate Directors

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

Martin Shelly
Human-Computer Interaction Institute
Carnegie Mellon University
300 S. Craig Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

  • sshelly [at]