My Top 5 HCI Master's Programs

12 Apr 2012 - 6:00pm
1 year ago
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Daniel Gonzalez

Hello everyone,

I am a Computer Science Engineer from Spain and I am very interested in pursuing a Master's Program in HCI in USA so, after an in-depth research and hours and hours of reading forum discussions and thinking about it seriously, this is my final Top 5:

1st - Master of Science in Human-Computer Interaction. Georgia Institute of Technology.

2nd - Professional Master's Program in Human Centered Design & Engineering. University of Washington.

3rd - Master of Science in Human-Computer Interaction. Indiana University - Bloomington.

4th - Master of Science in Human-Computer Interaction. Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis.

5th - Master’s Program in Learning, Design and Technology. Stanford University.

As you can see, I have discarded CMU because I do not have a minimum of 100 in TOEFL iBT test. However, apart from my Spanish degree, I have earned a Bachelor of Science in Computing in Software Development in Ireland and as a consequence I do not need to take the TOEFL test in order to be admitted (as all the admissions section for all the colleges above specify).

I know this is a very personal decision and it is all based on your personal goals and what knowledge you would like to get from them, but I would really, really appreciate if you could give me your personal opinion. I feel like Stanford Program is not purely HCI related, I believe it's more focused on learning environments. But I have checked other programs such as DePaul, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Virginia, New York, etc. and I do not really feel like they are better than the ones above.

Of course, I haven't been admitted in any of them yet, this is just a Top 5. Wink

Thank you very much for your time and answers. They would be very much appreciated!


26 Apr 2012 - 9:12am
Karen Graham

I've interviewed and hired one candidate from Indiana University - Bloomington - very impressed with their hands on program.  I thought the students were well prepared.

1 May 2012 - 6:37am
Daniel Gonzalez

Thank you very much for your comment, Karen.

I would like to know what do you mean exactly with "well prepared".

After all, if you hired that candidate,you did not think that he/she was so unsuitable for that job position. Or maybe later you realized that he/she could have been better, right?

Could you please be more concrete? Thank you! Smile


23 Feb 2013 - 7:16am

Hi Daniel, 

I'm Eduardo from Spain. I'm a CS Engineer and I want to take a Master in HCI as well. I've been doing my research on the different options. Unfortunately all the american Universities that I've checked are quite expensive for me (>= 20k$). Have you finally found something good? Have much did it cost? Did you find any other good option in some European universities? 


Thanks in advance!


28 Aug 2013 - 9:40am
Daniel Gonzalez

Hi Eduardo,

Thanks for your comment. Smile

You are right. I also find American universities so expensive, for that reason I would suggest you to have a look at the following link: Worldwide Masters Programs in HCI & IxD.

If you need more help, please do not hesitate to contact me anytime.

Best of luck!

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