The M.S. in HCI is a 2 year degree.
In the first semester, students are required to take Intro to HCI/d, covering design fundamentals, and Foundations of HCI, a course designed to introduce students to important literature in the field of Human Computer Interaction. They are also allowed an elective in their first semester, setting themselves up to specialize in a field. Current students take classes focused on research methodology, human robot interaction, entrepreneurship, programming, and many other possible areas of study.
In their second semester, students are introduced to design research methods in Interaction Design Methods, which helps them understand their user and prepare them for their futures in this field. Students also take Visual Thinking and Meaning and Form, a class which helps students visualize work through various mediums including photography and video. Students get another elective here to further their specialization.
During the summer break, students have many options to enhance their learning. Many of our students take internships at companies all over the world, while others take classes over the summer, or even work on research projects with a professor.
In their third semester, students take Advanced Prototyping, which allows them to get hands on with various design materials. They also take Experience Design, a class designed to help them understand this essential form of interaction design. In addition to these classes, students take an elective class in this semester.
In the final semester, students are allowed one final elective, and an intensive semester long capstone project. This independent project gives students a chance to go in-depth on a design problem of their choice.
The current MS HCI Handbook can be found here.