HCI Degree Progam
Program Duration: 3-5 years
Program Tuition and Fees: Varies, based on the home department of the student’s major professor. See the graduate assistantship funding information below.
Program Start Date: Fall or Spring Semester
Application Deadline: Completed applications are due January 15 for Fall admission and September 1 for Spring admission. Application instructions can be found here.
Master’s Degree Requirement: Preferred, but not required
Format: In-Person (required)
The Ph.D. in Human Computer Interaction is an interdisciplinary degree program that prepares students for careers in business, industry, and academia. In addition to the required HCI courses, students take electives from a wide variety of disciplines and conduct research for their dissertation under the direction of their major professor and the Program of Study Committee.
Iowa State University requires a minimum of 72 graduate credits to earn a Ph.D. At least 36 graduate credits, including all research credits, must be earned at ISU.
Faculty Notification and Review
Once the application package is complete (all required items can be found here), it will be made available to all HCI faculty. Every applicant will be notified via email whether they were accepted or denied by April 15 for fall applications and by November 15 for spring applications.
All students admitted to the Ph.D. program receive a half-time graduate assistantship. The assistantship appointment requires you to work as a research assistant for 20 hours per week.
For questions about the HCI Graduate Program, please contact the HCI Program Coordinator by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 515-294-2089.
Admission into the HCI graduate degree program depends on a combination of your academic qualifications, area of interest, research specialties, and the current research needs of the faculty. Evidence of creative talent, the ability to speak and write English clearly, and the promise of a successful career are also important considerations for entry into the HCI Graduate program.