M.S. in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)

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M.S. in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)

Program Code: MS-HCI

Program Type: Postgraduate

Department: Computer Science, Mathematics, Psychology

Faculty: Engineering, Humanities & Sciences

Accreditation: MSc

Program Duration: 1 Year

Program Location: Los Angeles

Starting Dates: 08 - August

Contact email: rosejdavies@t4u.com

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Program overview

The integration of computer systems and the Internet into the working world and home life have highlighted the need for professionals who can design human-computer interfaces that allow people to work intuitively in a wider range of contexts than ever before. The M.S. in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) combines program work in human-computer interaction with theory in allied areas such as technical communication, information design, and cognitive science, to help the next generation of designers and researchers meet the challenges these new contexts present. Graduates are prepared to work as usability engineers, information architects, interaction and interface designers, user experience/HCI designers, or web designers, depending on the specific program selections students make.

Entry Requirements

US based entry requirements

US based entry requirements - Students should have completed a four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree or the U.S. equivalent. Average GRE scores of admitted graduate students (all programs) are: 159 (verbal), 163 (quantitative), 4.1 (analytical). In addition to this, international students should have obtained a minimum TOEFL score of 88 on iBT/230 on CBT/570 on PBT. In lieu of the TOEFL student might have obtained a minimum IELTS score of 6.5, or PTE (Pearson’s Test of English) score of 60.


International entry requirements

Unless otherwise specified, for any master’s degree, the student must earn at least 30 credits as a graduate student at T4U. No more than 9 of the 30 credits (earned with a grade of A, A-, B+, or B) may be transferred from institutions approved for this purpose by the Dean of the Graduate School. At least half of the required credits (not counting 6971) must be in the major.

Program Schedule

Computer Systems

This module is intended to provide a basic understanding of the operation of the hardware components of computer systems and networks, enabling students to evaluate hardware and perform dimensioning estimations. The role of the operating system is also covered, relating it to the facilities needed by users, administrators and programmers.

Computational Intelligence

This module will provide a theoretical and practical overview of computational intelligence. This inclues the most recent artificial intelligence methods and approaches such as evolutionary computation, artificial neural networks, fuzzy logic, artificial life and cognitive robotics.


To introduce students to the concepts and issues concerning multiuser, networked relational databases in a practical environment. To provide a solid foundation in SQL.

Information Retrieval

This module considers the organisation, storage and retrieval of unstructured information based on its content. World Wide Web search engines will be used extensively both as a source of material and for demonstration purposes. Additionally, current issues in the information industry are addressed.

Some highlights of this program include:

  • An interdisciplinary orientation
  • A 12-month, 12-program duration
  • Diverse faculty from computer science, design, psychology, learning sciences, business administration, electrical engineering and human-computer interaction
  • A substantial project component for an external client, with a team orientation
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Learning Outcomes

During your time here, you will refine your personal design philosophy through program work that:

  • Teaches you the key history, literature, and research of HCI design (HCI/d)
  • Introduces you to multiple frameworks, research techniques, and creative exercises
  • Helps you learn the skills necessary to use and design current and emerging applications
  • Explores the socioeconomic consequences of implementing technologies in different cultures

Annual Tuition & Other Fees
Annual tuition and fees for the 2013-14 academic year are*: 

Estimated Costs    Resident Non-resident
Annual tuition and mandatory fees* $9,162  $28,348
On-campus residence hall room, cable and phone $6,152 $6,152
Meal plan (Average) $3,975 $3,975
Books and supplies**    $1,130 $1,130
Local transportation and incidental costs** $3,162 $3,162
Total    $23,581 $42,767









*An Important Fee Notice: Not withstanding any other provision of this or any university publication, the university reserves the right to make changes in tuition, fees and other charges at any time such changes are deemed necessary by the University. Although changes in tuition, fees and charges ordinarily will be announced in advance, the university reserves the right to make such changes without prior announcement.

** These figures are averages and will vary from student to student. They are indirect costs not billed by the bursar.

Cost: $$24000

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