The Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University offers a professional Master of Human-Computer Interaction degree.
The Human-Computer Interaction Institute’s (HCII) mission is to understand and create technology that harmonizes with and improves human capabilities, goals, and social environments through interdisciplinary research and education in design, computer science, and behavioral social sciences.
Nested under Carnegie Mellon’s School of Computer Science umbrella with Tepper School of Business, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Fine Arts, and Software Engineering Institute partnerships, the HCII is one of the few institutions in the world with such a breadth of expertise and a set of research and teaching faculty who place substantial focus on human use of computing.
Highlights of the Master of Human-Computer Interaction (MHCI) 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
Our Program in Depth
Carnegie Mellon’s MHCI is known by the software and technical industries for its interdisciplinary nature, rigor and deep knowledge in computer science, psychology and design. It is a two-year masters set in a 12-month duration. 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 any 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 are able to effectively lead and collaborate in the design and implementation of easy, desirable and thoughtful software and technical systems. They are well prepared to contribute to the multi-disciplinary teams that typically construct 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
Over the past seventeen years, our program has graduated over 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 design interfaces, but very quickly becomes an indispensable team player, and in many cases, a team leader for research, design and strategy in software, technical or consulting engagements.
Some of our graduates have successfully obtained careers as Usability Specialists, Interface Specialists, User Interface Designers, Research Programmers, Project Directors and Usability Engineers for companies such as Bloomberg, Ebay, Google, IBM, Intuit, Microsoft, Motorola, NASA, Nokia, Sandia, TiVo, and many other companies.