Current Students

Degree Requirements for students entering Autumn 2020

The following degree requirements apply to HCDE master's students who enter the program in Autumn 2020 or later. Master's students who entered the program before Autumn 2020 may chose to follow these requirements or the previous degree requirements.

To graduate, students in the HCDE Master's program must complete 50 credits of the following:

Required Core Courses

HCDE Master's students entering in Autumn 2020 are required to complete all of the following courses (24 credits total).

  • HCDE 501: Theoretical Foundations of HCDE (4)
  • HCDE 519: Qualitative Research Methods (4) or HCDE 516: Experimental Methods (4)
  • HCDE 517: Usability Studies (4) (Winter only)
  • HCDE 518: User-Centered Design (4) (Autumn only)
  • HCDE 592: Capstone Planning (4) Prerequisite: HCDE 501; HCDE 517; and HCDE 518; and either HCDE 516 or HCDE 519 (Winter only)
  • HCDE 593: Capstone (4) Prerequisite: HCDE 592 (Spring only)

Elective Courses in Specialized Content Areas

Students must take at least one 4-credit course in three specialized content areas: Strategy, 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.

Strategy (4 credits minimum)

  • HCDE 503: Navigating Design in Organizational Contexts (4)
  • HCDE 512: International User Experiences and Communication (4)
  • HCDE 520: Design and Management of Complex Systems (4)
  • HCDE 534: Designing a Human Centered Venture (4)

Design (4 credits minimum)

  • HCDE 508: Visual Communication (4)
  • HCDE 511: Information Visualization (4)
  • HCDE 515: Accessibility and Inclusive Design (4)
  • HCDE 536: Interaction Design & Prototyping (4)
  • HCDE 537: User-Centered Web Design (4)
  • HCDE 538: Designing for Behavior Change (4)

Engineering (4 credits minimum)

  • HCDE 511: Information Visualization (4)
  • HCDE 530: Computational Concepts in HCDE (4)
  • HCDE 533: Digital Fabrication (4)
  • HCDE 539: Physical Computing and Prototyping (4)

Elective Courses

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

  • HCDE 502: Empirical Traditions (4)
  • HCDE 503: Navigating Design in Organizations (4)
  • HCDE 508: Visual Communication (4)
  • HCDE 511: Information Visualization (4)
  • HCDE 512: International User Experiences and Communication (4)
  • HCDE 515: Accessibility and Inclusive Design (4)
  • HCDE 516: Experimental Methods (4) 
  • 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 (1) Core requirement Winter only (2 credit max toward degree)
  • HCDE 523: DUB Seminar (1) (2 credit max toward degree) See dub calendar for locations and timing of weekly talks
  • HCDE 524: Programming Concepts in HCDE (2)
  • HCDE 526: Video Prototyping (2)
  • 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 538: Designing for Behavior Change (4)
  • HCDE 539: Physical Computing and Prototyping (4)
  • HCDE 596: Directed Research Groups (Students can apply 4 credits of 596 +599 combined to their degree)
  • HCDE 598: Special Topics (1–5, max. 15) Prerequisite: permission of instructor
  • HCDE 599: Special Projects (Students can apply 4 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. All classes can only count toward one requirement.