HCII Calendar

  • HCII Seminar - Laura Granka
    NSH 1305
    April 23, 2014 at 4:00pm
  • Ph.D. Thesis Proposal: Eliane Stampfer Wiese
    NSH 3305
    April 25, 2014 at 12:30pm
  • CMU Commencement

    May 18, 2014 at all day

MHCI Madeira Program

Overview | Curriculum | Madeira Program | Capstone Project | Admissions | Contact


The Human Computer Interaction Institute (HCII) at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Madeira offer a professional Master’s double degree in Human-Computer Interaction under the CMU/Portugal agreement with the cooperation of the Information and Communication Technologies Institute (ICTI).

Students who enroll in the Master of Human-Computer Interaction (MHCI) program through ICTI take courses at Carnegie Mellon’s HCII and at the University of Madeira’s Mathematics and Engineering department and complete a master’s degree in HCI over a 16-month period.

Program Overview

The MHCI program prepares students to participate in the design and implementation of software systems that can be used easily, effectively and enjoyably. With a Masters in HCI, students are well prepared to contribute to the multi-disciplinary teams that typically construct software systems. Students will become 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.

Interdisciplinary Orientation

The program has a high interdisciplinary orientation, with faculty and students spanning computer science, design, and behavioral sciences. The masters takes three semesters to complete, one of which is at Carnegie Mellon and two of which are at the University of Madeira. The curriculum consists of ten conventional semester-long courses and an extensive team-oriented studio/project experience. Students take courses to obtain a broad background in computer science, human behavior, design, and evaluation and assessment, and they may elect to take more advanced courses to deepen their knowledge in a more specific area.

Capstone Project

The MHCI capstone project is an eight-month long course, which integrates everything the students have learned in their coursework into one “end-to-end” experience. Students work in interdisciplinary teams with an industry sponsor to produce a working prototype that serves as a proof of concept of a novel service or product idea.

Past and current sponsors in the Portugal program include Portugal Telecom, MEO, Sapo, Critical Software, Promosoft, Novabase, PT Inovação and Vodafone.

Apply Now

To apply, visit the Madeira program application website. Students successfully admitted to the MHCI program through ICTI may be eligible for scholarships. View Madeira’s website for more information.