I have been admitted to the following universities for MS in HCI program and need to make a decision soon, so that I can apply for a visa.
Rochester Institute of Technology
University of Maryland Baltimore County
I am now confused as to which university to select? I am more interested in the design part of HCI including evaluating hardware designs along with the usual software designing from a user's perspective. My other interests include augmented reality, ux for mobile devices, accessibility etc. I dont want to code and programs things but innovate, idealize and design things. At this point of time I am not 100% sure whether I want to go into research or the working world but I have a feeling for research as of now. If I go into research and I think I am, then I will be applying to CMU/ MIT Media Lab for a PhD later. So, need a competitive profile after my masters degree.
So, please help me out. I think the points to be evaluated would be the coursework, research interests of profs., reputation of the degree and of course the funding scenario for masters students.