List of Masters program in HCI in California state

18 Apr 2010 - 1:56am
6 years ago
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Hey guys!

I am a bachelor of fine arts (Visual Communication and Applied art) from India. I have been working in the field for e-learning from past 6+ years. I am now planning to take up the masters degree in HCI.

I have found few universities/colleges in New York, Chicago and Denver but I am not able to find any in California.

Does anyone know if there is any college in California which offers Masters in Human computer interaction on any other degree which will help me enhance my skills in the same field that I am working in (User interface and interactive learning)?



18 Apr 2010 - 2:29am
David Snyder

The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society maintains a list of masters/phd Human Factors programs at:

Many of the programs have concentrations available in Human Computer Interaction, although curricula will of course vary by school.


18 Apr 2010 - 8:26am
Nathan at Bestica

Additionally feel free to use this resource it includes these:


San Jose, California

College of Graduate Studies

Human Factors/Ergonomics


Stanford, California

Human Computer Interaction



Long Beach, California

Psychology Department

Master of Arts Research: Applied Experimental/Human Factors Track


Northridge, California

Department of Psychology

Human Factors Graduate Program

18 Apr 2010 - 9:38am

I am currently finishing up my coursework at CSU, Northridge. The program is not focussed on HCI if that is what you are looking for. There are a couple courses that you can take to give you that exposure. But mainly we learn to be Human Factors Engineers, and can the apply the methods we use to any area. Be it, Information Architecture or working on improving the interface of a cockpit for pilots. You learn the fundamentals and methodologies used which you can then use to focus in on a specific area of HF. 

Also, San Jose State was my alumn school for my BA. Their Human Factors program is located in the Engineering department, whereas CSUN's is located in psychology. I am not sure what the specific differences are there but perhaps you can find it in the list of coursework required. 

Regardless, you may need to take a few courses in psychology before applying to a program like those listed above. If you are interested in HCI taking a basic human cognition and perception course at any college nearby would be a great way of learning the background/fundamental of human cognition prior to applying knowledge specifically to HCI.



19 Apr 2010 - 11:18am
Jaanus Kase

You may want to look at UC Berkeley iSchool:

The program is not about HCI per se, but covers a lot of information architecture kinds of things and also has a specific HCI component.


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