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

PhD Program

Overview | Requirements | Emphasis Areas | Application | Contact Info


The HCII, an interdisciplinary academic department within the School of Computer Science, is one of the world’s leading centers for research in Human-Computer Interaction. Beginning with its first class in the fall of 2000, the HCI Institute now accepts highly qualified students to its PhD program in Human-Computer Interaction.

Because computing in some form will soon touch nearly every aspect of society, we believe that making computers easy to use, and understanding how computing affects people, are critical activities. Human-Computer Interaction is an emerging discipline designed to provide the intellectual basis for these endeavors, and the HCI Institute is dedicated to pursuing these challenges.

Since HCI encompasses aspects of people and technology, the Institute takes a strongly interdisciplinary approach. The Institute brings scientific and engineering knowledge from computing together with that of the behavioral sciences (e.g., psychology and the social sciences). Further, in order to produce efficient, effective and pleasing technology, this scientific basis is also combined with the integrative methods of the discipline of design which are directed towards the conception of “total products.” Mirroring this diversity, we encourage applicants from a range of disciplines.

Students accepted to the PhD program will participate in the wide-ranging and innovative research programs of the Institute. For an overview of some of the research going on, see our research summary page. HCI PhD students will have full access to the excellent computational, and laboratory facilities of the School of Computer Science and the HCI Institute, as well as facilities of the Department of Psychology and the School of Design. These include usability and other laboratory facilities, as well as office space in Newell Simon Hall and at 300 Craig Street. In addition to wide-ranging research opportunities, students will have the opportunity to explore a rich set of course work and other activities designed to prepare them for a career in HCI research. Requirements for the PhD course of study are designed to accommodate students with a range of backgrounds by providing several different “tracks” of study. (Full requirements are described in detail in the requirements section.) Finally, we anticipate that all students accepted to the HCI PhD program will be awarded a Graduate Fellowship covering full tuition and a living allowance (see the tuition & financial aid page). To apply for the PhD program in HCI, please see the application section.

In addition, the Carnegie Mellon Usable Privacy and Security Doctoral Training Program is now accepting applications. Students must apply through one of CMU’s traditional PhD programs, most of which require applications to be submitted by December 16. For details see: http://cups.cs.cmu.edu/igert/.