Online Masters

Online Master of Human Computer Interaction

The Human Computer Interaction Graduate Program is pleased to announce the addition of an Online HCI master’s degree program, M. HCI, effective with the fall 2017 term. This degree program was created from the growing demand from business and industry for a graduate degree program that provides education in the field of Human Computer Interaction.

Students in this program will be required to take four courses, one each from the Design, Implementation, Phenomena and Evaluation categories. However, M.HCI students must take two additional courses of their choice from the list of core courses or the list of recommended electives. M.HCI students will therefore be required to take a total of six courses (18 credits) from those listed below and the remaining four courses
(12 credits) would be electives of your choosing.

Core Courses


  • HCI/PSYCH 521 — Cognitive Psychology of HCI
  • HCI 595 – Visual Design for HCI
  • IE 572 – Design and Evaluation of Human Computer Interaction



  • HCI/MIS 655 – Organizational and Social Implications of HCI
  • HCI/ArtGR 589 – Design and Ethics
  • JL MC 574 – Communication Technologies and Social Change
  • JL MC 474 – Communication Technology and Social Change
  • HCI 530X – Perspectives in HCI
  • ME/WLC 584 – Technology, Globalization and Culture


Note: A grade of ‘B’ (3.0 GPA) or better is required for each of the core HCI courses.

Recommended Electives

  • HCI/ME 525 – Optimization Methods for Complex Designs
  • HCI 574 — Computational Implementation and Prototyping
  • HCI 587 – Models and Theories in Human Computer Interaction
  • HCI 596 – Emerging Practices in Human Computer Interaction
  • HCI/ IE 681 – Cognitive Engineering
  • IE 577 – Human Factors
  • HCI 510 – Foundations of Game-based Learning
  • HCI 560X – Learn to Speak AI

Course Delivery

Courses are available online through Engineering Online Learning using streaming media over the web. The courses consist of recorded lectures delivered using streaming media technology as well as teacher-student interaction via chat-room, email, and phone conversations. More information about the streaming media technology used to deliver the courses is available on the Engineering-LAS Online Learning Support page.

Tuition and Fees for Online Courses

For questions about tuition and fees for the online Master of Human Computer Interaction program, please contact the HCI Program Coordinator by e-mail at, or phone at 515-294-2089.

Admission to the Online HCI Program

The Online HCI program is most appropriate for individuals with a bachelor’s degree in a scientific, engineering, business, or artistic discipline, who are pursuing a professional career, and who already have a strong base of information technology skills.

The program requires that admitted students have undergraduate degrees from an accredited university and have graduated with a GPA that places them in the upper half of their graduating class. Demonstrable programming skills will be required. A minimum TOFEL score of 95(iBT) will be required of all non-native English speaking students. Candidates may be considered for admission by the HCI supervisory committee if they do not meet all these requirements but otherwise show outstanding potential. However, all students must meet the university’s minimum requirements for admission.

Other admission requirements for the Online HCI program include the following:

  • Transcripts, test scores and other indicators that the student applicant can be successful at the graduate level.
  • 3.0 GPA.
  • TOEFL score of 95 iBT or greater or IELTS of 7.0 or greater for nonnative English speakers.
  • Demonstrated ability to write software competently. This requirement can be met during your course of study in the program.

The  HCI Graduate Program Application Process


Applications for the Online M.HCI program is accepted throughout the year.

Contact Information

For questions about the HCI Graduate Program, please contact the HCI Program Coordinator by e-mail at, or phone at 515-294-2089.

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