Online Masters

Online Master of Science Degree Program

This nonthesis MS program was launched Fall 2008. The degree program culminates in a 3-credit project, that a student presents to their committee in the form of a final oral examination. Students are not required to come to campus, but are more than welcome to come to campus to present the results of their capstone course or participate in commencement.

Effective fall 2017 admissions, if a student would like to pursue a nonthesis master’s degree there has to be a faculty member that has agreed to serve as the major professor, otherwise the student will be admitted to the newly added coursework only master’s degree program.

Online MS Required Courses

Students in this program will take a total of 30 course credits, with nine of the credits coming from three core courses and three of these credits from a capstone course, HCI 598. Listed below are the core (required) courses for the HCI Graduate program. Additional courses may be added at the discretion of the Program of Studies Committee.

  • HCI 575 – Computational Perception
    • or CprE/ME 557– Computer Graphics and Geometric Modeling
    • or HCI 574 – Computational Implementation and Prototyping
    • or HCI 573 – User Interface Implementation for Web Application*
  • HCI 655– Organizational and Social Implications of HCI
  • HCI 521 – The Cognitive Psychology of Human Computer Interaction
  • HCI 598 – HCI Design, Implementation & Implications

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

*Course no longer available in catalog.  If course was taken prior to discontinuation will still count as core course.

Recommended Electives include, but are not limited to:

  • HCI 504 – Evaluating Digital Learning Environments
  • HCI 510X Foundations of Game-Based Learning
  • HCI 520 – Computational Analysis of English
  • HCI 522 – Scientific Methods in HCI
  • HCI/ME 525 – Optimization Methods for Complex Designs
  • HCI 558 – Introduction to the 3D Visualization of Scientific Data
  • HCI 580 – Virtual Worlds and Applications
  • HCI 585 – Developmental Robotics
  • HCI 587X – Models and Theories in Human Computer Interaction
  • HCI 594 – Organizational Applications of Collaborative Technologies and Social Media
  • HCI 595 – Visual Design for HCI
  • HCI 596 – Emerging Practices in Human Computer Interaction
  • HCI 603 – Advanced Learning Environments Design
  • HCI 681 – Cognitive Engineering
  • IE 572 – Design and Evaluation of Human Computer Interaction
  • IE 577 – Human Factors
  • HCI 591 Seminar in HCI, 1 credit. (This course can be listed up to three times on the Program of Study.)

Course descriptions can also be found on the Engineering-LAS Online Learning website.

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

Students taking online courses are assessed in-state tuition plus a distance education fee and a computer fee. Additional information about tuition and fees can be found on the Engineering-LAS Online Learning page.

Admission to the Online HCI MS Program

The Online HCI MS 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 MS 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 Online HCI MS Graduate Program Application Process


The application deadline for the fall semester is July 15, for the spring semester is October 1, for the summer semester is April 15.

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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