MS in Information - Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) & User Experience (UX) Major

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Apply to the Masters in Information program today at the College of Computing & Informatics. Deadline for Fall 2020 is Aug. 27, 2020 (for Domestic On-Campus Students) and Aug. 24, 2020 (for Domestic & International Online Students). Deadline for Winter 2021 is Dec. 11, 2020 for Domestic Online and On-Campus Students, and Nov. 1, 2020 for International Students.

Drexel’s Human-Computer Interaction & User Experience (MSI-HCI/UX) graduate major program prepares students to analyze, evaluate, and collaboratively design next-generation interfaces. In the offered HCI and UX courses our students learn theoretical and practical aspects of human-computer interface design that prepare them for a range of careers related to user experience research, interface design, and software development.

Human-Computer Interaction and User Experience are interdisciplinary fields that draw on human-centered disciplines like psychology, sociology and anthropology as well as technology-centered disciplines like software engineering and computer science to design technologies that meet human needs. CCI’s HCI/ UX program prepares students to create technologies that support and complement human needs and abilities in contexts such as work, wellness, home, entertainment and artistic expression. Drexel is an exceptional environment for HCI/UX courses both online and in person studies with a wide range of research labs and partnerships with industry, healthcare, and cultural institutions that offer rich opportunities for internships and projects.

The HCI/UX major is part of the Master of Science in Information (MSI) degree program, which prepares students to be leaders in information- and data-oriented professional careers. In addition to fellow MSI students, HCI/UX majors have opportunities to interact with graduate students in degrees like health informatics and data science as well as PhD students working on cutting edge human-computer interaction research problems.

Master's in Information - HCI/UX Program Features

  • Prepares students for careers related to human-computer interaction and user experience
  • HCI and UX courses taught by an interdisciplinary, world-class HCI/UX faculty with expertise and training in engineering/human factors, social sciences, multimedia design, education and healthcare
  • Provides a closer connection to HCI/UX work through a capstone project, ensuring that students have practical work experience by the time they graduate and are prepared to enter the workforce at a professional level
  • Students may customize their HCI/ UX Major by choosing from Drexel's many graduate minors and electives, or pursue a dual degree program by combining the MS in Information with any other CCI graduate degree program

HCI and UX Major Courses are Available

  • Full-time
  • Part-time
  • On Campus
  • Online
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Human-Computer Interaction/UX Program Curriculum

In this major, students will learn not only the tools and techniques of the HCI/UX design trade, but also to analyze and understand the social implications of design interventions for individuals, groups, and society at large. Students in the HCI/UX graduate program major will learn qualitative and quantitative user research methods, user-experience design techniques and tools, and standards for design documentation, evaluation, and reporting.

The HCI/UX Program is an interdisciplinary, 45-credit program that features:

  • Three foundation courses;
  • Five core courses;
  • A choice of five elective courses allows students to tailor their degree;
  • A capstone course: Students can choose to pursue either a research- or production-oriented capstone project.

Sample Courses and Course Descriptions in the HCI/UX Major:

  • INFO 691 Prototyping the User Experience: This course introduces students to prototyping techniques and tools for a range of user experience and design contexts. Students will learn about and practice a series of methods such as sketching, wire-framing, physical prototyping, functional prototyping, and wizard-of-oz approaches. Students will learn about how different prototyping techniques serve different purposes in the design process and select or adapt appropriate methods to meet their needs.
  • INFO 615 Designing with Data: Although user experience design has always involved collecting data about users’ needs and preferences, new forms and quantities of user data have created a need for new data analysis skills and professional ethics training among designers. This UX course introduces students to A/B testing and statistical methods to prepare them to design and run large scale user experiments that can inform design decisions. Students practice using tools and methods as well as composing experiment reports and design recommendations.
  • INFO 616 Collaborative and Social Computing: This computer design course examines selected human, social and technical issues and concepts of computer-supported cooperative work, computer-supported collaborative learning and social networking. Topics include: the way that groups work in the networked organization; analysis and design of groupware; social networking and community-learning technologies; and future directions of these technologies. Includes theoretical and research literature on the design of social and collaborative systems.

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Human-Computer Interaction & User Experience Admissions Requirements

  • A completed application.
  • A four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or an equivalent international institution.
  • A GPA of 3.0 or higher, in a completed degree program, bachelor’s degree or above.
  • Official final transcripts from ALL Colleges/Universities attended.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for MSI.
  • One (1) letter of recommendation required, two (2) are suggested.
  • Essay/Statement of Purpose.
  • Current Resume.
  • Pre-requisites for all graduate level programs: computer requirements and skills
  • Additional requirements for International Students.
  • Visit our Graduate Admissions section for application deadlines.

MS in Information Webinar Series

Presented by Drexel CCI Information Science faculty, this free webinar series focuses on industry trends and research topics around the degree program's graduate major areas: Library and Information Science, Digital Content Management, and Human-Computer Interaction & User Experience (UX).

Webinar Sessions:

  • Alex Poole, PhD on “Seeking Social Justice in the Archives” - Watch Now
  • Jina Huh-Yoo, PhD on “Using Emerging Technology to Support Health” - Watch Now
  • Tim Gorichanaz, PhD on "Art as Information" - Watch Now
  • Mat Kelly, PhD on "Saving My Web Things for Me and Others but Not All” - Watch Now
  • Andrea Forte, PhD on "Online Collaboration and Other Dangerous Feats" - Watch Now
  • “The Drexel Capstone Experience: Bringing Library & Information Science Education into Real-World Settings” - Watch Now
  • Xia Lin, PhD on "Information Seeking and Knowledge Space” - Watch Now

Other MS in Information Graduate Majors and Related Certificate Programs

The MS in Information also offers graduate majors in Digital Content Management and Library & Information Science (ALA accredited). For those seeking to broaden or update their professional skills, Drexel CCI offers certificate programs in areas such as Human-Computer Interaction & User Experience and Applied Data Science.

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