About the Program

The Master of Human-Computer Interaction and Design is offered by faculty from Arts, Business, Computer Science, Education, Humanities, Informatics, and Social Sciences. Building on strengths across numerous schools on campus, the MHCID program will education designers, researchers, and developers to not only use a variety of key skills, tools, and approaches but to invent the next generation.

In just over a year, students will learn:

  • Theories of human behavior and cognition
  • To develop user facing software, including high and low fidelity prototypes
  • The place for user experience in the software development life cycle
  • Visual design
  • Empirical methods and analysis
  • Ideation and design processes
  • To develop personas, scenarios, and storyboards for explaining user needs and design solutions
  • To communicate effectively with clients, software developers, and within teams
  • Legal requirements for accessible systems and principles of universal design
  • Current trends in user experience

MHCID SCHEDULE 2016-2017 Year

  • SEPTEMBER 19 to 23, 2016: Overview of HCI and Design (accelerated in-person, required to be in Irvine, all costs once you arrive to Irvine are covered by program)
  • FALL: User Needs Analysis (online); Design and Prototyping (online)
  • WINTER: User Experience and Evaluation (online); Advanced Design and Prototyping (online)
  • SPRING QUARTER: Interactive Technology Studio (online);
    Capstone Project, Advisory Board meeting, and Job Fair (in-person March 26-28, 2017 and online throughout quarter)
  • SUMMER QUARTER: Innovations in HCI and Design (online);
    Capstone Project (online throughout quarter, in-person September 14-16, 2017)
  • END OF PROGRAM: Showcase and Job Fair (in-person, September 16, 2017)

MHCID SCHEDULE 2017-2018 Year

  • SEPTEMBER 11 to 15, 2017 Overview of HCI and Design (accelerated in-person, required to be in Irvine, all costs once you arrive to Irvine are covered by program)
  • FALL: User Needs Analysis (online); Design and Prototyping (online)
  • WINTER: User Experience and Evaluation (online); Advanced Design and Prototyping (online)
  • SPRING QUARTER: Interactive Technology Studio (online);
    Capstone Project, Advisory Board meeting, and Job Fair (in-person March 29-31, 2018 and online throughout quarter)
  • SUMMER QUARTER: Innovations in HCI and Design (online);
    Capstone Project (online throughout quarter, in-person September 13-15, 2018)
  • END OF PROGRAM: Showcase and Job Fair (in-person, September 15, 2018)

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Please contact mhciddirector@ics.uci.edu for further information.