DePaul University Masters in HCI

21 Jul 2013 - 1:08pm
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Hello everyone!

I am a recent graduate, strongly considering a career switch into HCI. I recently got accepted into the DePaul Masters in HCI program. I am more interested in the practical side of HCI, rather than research and was wondering if anyone comment about whether or not it is worthwhile for someone in my position. Is this program well-respected within the HCI community? How does it compare to other programs?

Any advice would be quite helpful.

Thank you!


29 Jul 2013 - 8:24pm
Wendy Fischer

I was in the inaugural class for the HCI masters program and have been happy with it. I have done well with my career and found my path in life due to the HCI program at DePaul.

I'd say that it is much more focused on computer science aspects of HCI rather than design. While overall I was happy with the program and did well, it wasn't very good at the time (1995-1997) in design type courses, and I'm assuming things have changed., I'd suggest you focus on what aspect of HCI you want to focus on: product design, user research, usability engineering, web design, and then find the best school/curriculum for that.  

The top schools I'd suggest are Stanford University for product design and Carnegie Mellon University.  If you are looking locally in Chicago, DePaul University, and IIT Institute of design. DePaul was great for practical knowledge, and the class schedule was fairly flexible if you worked during the day.



18 Oct 2013 - 2:58pm

I am in the last term for the DePaul Master's in HCI and I have been quite satisfied with the courses and the professors. As Wendy mentioned, the classes focus on the practical aspects of the field, and the visiting professors usually work in industry and have quite a bit of real-world experience. This is extremely important in this ever evolving field.  I have been in the field for a while before deciding to go for the master's degree, and I know that what the curriculum is very relevant to practioners today and the challenges that we face in the field. A lot of my classmates are already working as user experience designers or consultants, and have backgrounds in CS or graphic design. 

31 Oct 2013 - 6:28pm
Hi, I was recently admitted to the HCI program but would like to know if I would be able to learn visual design, or graphic design while there.  Also, do you think that there is a huge advantage to going to the classes on campus vs. online?  Thanks!
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