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HCDE Master's Degree Requirements

HCDETo graduate, students in the HCDE Master's program must complete 48 credits of the following:

Required Core Courses

HCDE Master's students are required to complete all of the following courses (22 credits total).

  • HCDE 501: Theoretical Foundations of HCDE (4)
  • HCDE 503: Navigating Design in Organizational Contexts (4)
  • HCDE 517: Usability Studies (4)
  • HCDE 518: User-Centered Design (4)
  • HCDE 521: Speaker Series (1) (1 credit required, students can apply one additional credit towards electives)
  • HCDE 592: Capstone Planning (1) Prerequisite: HCDE 501; HCDE 517; and HCDE 518
  • HCDE 593: Capstone (4) Prerequisite: Either HCDE 516 or HCDE 519; and HCDE 592

Elective Courses in Specialized Content Areas

Students must take at least four credits in each of three specialized content areas: Research, Design, and Engineering. Students are encouraged to gain depth in any of the three areas by taking additional courses beyond the minimum required four credits per area.

Research (4 credits minimum)

  • HCDE 502: Empirical Traditions (4)
  • HCDE 516: Experimental Methods (4) HCDE 516 has a statistics prerequisite. While any college level statistics course can fulfill this prerequisite, EDPSY 490 Basic Educational Statistics (offered every quarter) is the most common option taken by HCDE students.
  • HCDE 519: Qualitative Research Methods (4)
  • HCDE 598: Special Topics (4)

Design (4 credits minimum)

  • HCDE 508: Visual Communication (4)
  • HCDE 511: Information Visualization (4)
  • HCDE 520: Design and Management of Complex Systems (4)
  • HCDE 536: Interaction Design & Prototyping (4)
  • HCDE 537: User-Centered Web Design (4)
  • HCDE 598: Special Topics (4)

Engineering (4 credits minimum)

  • HCDE 530: Computational Concepts in HCDE (4)
  • HCDE 539: Physical Computing and Prototyping (4)
  • HCDE 598: Special Topics (4)

Elective Courses

Students should select electives based on their specific academic and professional goals. 

  • HCDE 502: Empirical Traditions (4)
  • HCDE 505: Computer-Assisted Communication (4)
  • HCDE 508: Visual Communication (4)
  • HCDE 511: Information Visualization (4)
  • HCDE 512: International User Experiences and Communication (4)
  • HCDE 516: Experimental Methods (4) HCDE 516 has a statistics prerequisite. While any college level statistics course can fulfill this prerequisite, EDPSY 490 Basic Educational Statistics (offered every quarter) is the most common option taken by HCDE students.
  • HCDE 519: Qualitative Research Methods (4)
  • HCDE 520: Design and Management of Complex Systems (4)
  • HCDE 521: Current Issues in HCDE Speaker Series (1 credit required, students can apply one additional credit towards electives) Autumn only
  • HCDE 521: UX Speaker Series Winter only
  • HCDE 523: DUB Seminar (1) (2 credit max toward degree) See dub calendar for locations and timing of weekly talks
  • HCDE 530: Computational Concepts in HCDE (4)
  • HCDE 532: Web Design Studio (2) Optional skills prep course for HCDE 537
  • HCDE 534: Designing a Human Centered Venture (4)
  • HCDE 536: Interaction Design & Prototyping (4)
  • HCDE 537: User-Centered Web Design (4)
  • HCDE 539: Physical Computing and Prototyping (4)
  • HCDE 596: Directed Research Groups (Students can apply 6 credits of 596 +599 combined to their degree)
  • HCDE 598: Special Topics (1–5, max. 6) Prerequisite: permission of instructor
  • HCDE 599: Special Projects (Students can apply 6 credits of 596 + 599 combined to their degree)
  • HCDE 601: Internship (max. 5 credits toward degree) Before registering for internship credits, graduate students must review the HCDE internship prerequisites and approval pages.

Notes Regarding Electives

A maximum of two non-HCDE courses may be used toward the degree, including 400-level coursework, with prior approval from the department. Contact your Graduate Advisor to learn more.