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The MS in HCI is an interdisciplinary program offered collaboratively by four Schools: Interactive Computing; Literature, Media, and Communication (LMC); Psychology, and Industrial Design. Students may apply to enter the program through any one of the four participating units, the choice of which usually reflects that student’s intended area of specialization and general background. Students with diverse and eclectic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

The MS HCI is a four–semester (18 months), 36 credit-hour degree. All students take the same core courses, a set of courses related to their chosen specialization (Computing, Digital Media, Industrial Design or Psychology), a broader set of electives and complete a master’s project. Students work with fellow students and faculty from these four (and other) disciplines, providing a broad base of knowledge and experience.

Elective courses can be in a wide variety of areas – beyond those of the four participating Schools ­­– such as Architecture, Music Technology, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Computer Science, Human Factors, Public Policy, Management of Technology, and Cognitive Science. Students can earn the Management of Technology Certificate from the College of Management.

Through coursework, interaction with fellow students and participating in the vibrant HCI/UX environment of Georgia Tech and Atlanta, students can develop the theoretical understandings and practical skills needed to become leaders in the design, implementation and evaluation of the next generation of computationally-mediated user experiences. Graduates work around the globe for national and international companies.

Some people think of GT as an Engineering School. Those in the know think of us as an HCI/UX School. Why? Just as interactive and ubiquitous computing is more and more widespread around the world – at work, at play, at school, in the car, in the home, at the beach, at the gym – literally anywhere, anytime – so too more and more educational and research endeavors have an HCI component. Here at Georgia Tech we see this in the 13 directly-related degree programs, courses, research labs, centers and institutes that are HCI-relevant. In some cases HCI is the central focus; in other cases HCI is an essential ingredient in an application-oriented agenda.


The Georgia Institute of Technology is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, telephone 404-679-4500, for questions about the accreditation of the Georgia Institute of Technology.