Human Computer Interaction


The HCI graduate major reflects a broad recognition in academia and industry of the need to train researchers to meet the challenges created by today’s breakneck pace of technological progress. HCI graduate students benefit from interacting with ISU faculty from departments representing every college in the University as well as researchers at the Virtual Reality Applications Center.

Doctoral Degrees Offered: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Master Degrees Offered: Master of Science (M.S.), Master of Human Computer Interaction (M.H.C.)

Online Degrees: Master of Science (M.S.), Master of Human Computer Interaction (M.H.C.)

International students can apply to this program under U.S. immigration status J-1, J-2, F-2, H-4, etc. International students applying to this program under F-1 immigration status, please contact Deb Vance, , for additional information.

Learning Goals that students in this program are expected to meet include:

  1. Design and evaluate systems with a user-centered design lens
  2. Participate in a multidisciplinary product development team
  3. Choose and apply an appropriate user-centered design approach
  4. Identify key players and organizations in HCI
  5. Use theories and models in the HCI field
  6. Describe emerging technology trends

Doctoral Degree Outcomes

Master's Degree Outcomes

Career Placement Outcomes

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Contact: Tiffany Kayser
Phone: 515-294-2089
E-mail Address:


ISU-wide: Academic Records, GPA, Statement of Purpose, Letters of Recommendation

Application Deadlines: The fall application deadline for the MS and PhD programs is January 15. Applications for the HCI Graduate Certificate and Online programs are accepted throughout the year.

Program Requires GRE: No

Program Requires GMAT : No

Any applicant that has taken the GRE is encouraged to submit their scores, but they are not required.

Additional International Requirements:

English Proficiency Minimum:

TOEFL Paper (PBT) 587
TOEFL Internet (iBT) 95
PTE 65
Duolingo 105

Program Will Review Without TOEFL or IELTS: No

Financial Statement: Application