Current Master of Science Students
The Master of Science in Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) curriculum comprises 48 credits: 25 are core and 23 are electives. Putting people first, HCDE students and faculty research, design, and engineer interactions between humans and technology. The curriculum is designed to give students a solid foundation in four thematic areas: theory, research methods, systems & society, and media design & application.
Students in the MS in HCDE program have the opportunity to solve real-world problems side-by-side with our award-winning faculty in collaborative teams through directed research groups, many of which focus on the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) multifaceted grand challenges: sustainability, health, vulnerability, and joy of living. HCDE students come from a variety of academic backgrounds—including, but not limited to, engineering, social science, and design—and have a wide range of professional experience. Master's courses are offered in the evening to accommodate both full-time students and employed students who attend part-time. Students graduate from HCDE with engineering degrees.
Students work with HCDE faculty and the Director of Student Services to identify coursework and research opportunities that are specific to their academic and professional areas of interest. In addition, students can choose to create their own specialization through elective coursework or choose our formal concentration in User-Centered Design (UCD).
To learn more about HCDE's Master of Science degree, check the following links for information about our course and research offerings, as well as degree specialization options.