Human-Centered Interaction Design

  Graduate Program

Master’s Degree Human-Centered Interaction Design (HCID)

“One of the biggest and fastest growing career fields in today’s technology sector.”   – Fortune Magazine

As digital technology has become essential to human living, a huge skill gap has become painfully apparent. Computing professionals are often skilled technically but lack the ability to ensure their work fits practical human needs. The Master’s program in Human-Centered Interaction Design at Harrisburg University bridges the gap between human-centered research, technology, and the design of practical solutions to meet real-world needs. No one is happier about this than employers.

The multi-disciplinary HCID program is a great gateway into a STEM career for those with more traditional undergraduate degrees in the social and behavioral sciences or the liberal arts.

Held entirely on site at the Philadelphia campus, the HCID program includes highly collaborative classes that blend theory and practice. Ultimately, you will gain the skills to design effective and engaging interfaces, interactions, and user experiences that leverage the best of digital technologies and bring them into complex human environments.

When you graduate with your HCID master’s degree, you’ll be ready to begin a career in user research and interface design, interaction design, business analysis, or information architecture. According to the Harvard Business Review there is strong corporate interest in “design thinking” as a way to open businesses to new markets through innovating new human-centered products and experiences. With an HCID masters from Harrisburg University – Philadelphia, you’ll be ready to enter this exploding field. Within just a few years after graduation, you could be earning in the six figures while doing work that is stimulating and highly valued.

Master of Science in Human-Centered Interaction Design (HCID)

The 36-semester hour graduate program in Human-Centered Interaction Design intends to promote the human-centered collaborative mindsets that are required for careers in the research, specifications, and development of technologically-driven experiences. The HCID master’s program will be interdisciplinary, bringing together the application of knowledge drawn from the social and behavioral sciences, information science, software engineering and project management. The student will be taught a balance of theories, methods, skills, and processes.

The Masterclass

To scaffold the bridge between existing training and experience, and the new design focused interactive field, the HCID program will employ a unique introductory approach to intensive skill and knowledge building approach called Masterclass. The Masterclass in HCID will function as a pre-entry exposure and training certificate program. It will serve two functions:

  • Expose and introduce existing degree holds to the history, perspectives, contexts, and methods that form the foundations of Design practice; and
  • Evaluate each new cohort interest in and capacity for interdisciplinary creative thinking and digital medial production.

The student from non-interactive, non-business backgrounds will undertake the Masterclass (non-credit bearing). If the student achieves a satisfactory grade, the student will be admitted to the HCID program. If the student does not meet the standards, the student will be given a professional certificate in HCID.

Program Goals

  • Design and produce engaging interventions facilitated by digital technologies;
  • Communicate effectively across diverse populations and media;
  • Structure HCID conceptual possibilities to create solutions to human problems;
  • Reflect on role as designer and professional; and
  • Effectively research people, document problems, and determine research relevance.

Learn more about the admissions process here. International students apply here. Non-International students apply here.

International Graduate Student Admissions Requirements and Curricular Practical Training
To receive information on the requirements for graduate admissions for international students, please email your request to CPT@HarrisburgU.eduClick here for requirements for admissions and Curricular Practical Training! All of the University’s graduate programs are STEM approved and Curricular Practical Training is offered.