Welcome to the Master of Human-Computer Interaction & Design Program

IMG_0519The Department of Informatics at UC Irvine offers the only mixed format, low-residency one year masters of human-computer interaction and design (MHCID) in the world, providing students the benefits of in-person high touch learning in accelerated on campus visits with the flexibility of online distance education. UC Irvine’s MHCID program prepares its graduates to be leaders in user experience research and design, interaction design, information architecture, product design, and human-computer interaction. Like all Master’s programs in the University of California, MHCID is accredited by the WSCUC accrediting body and overseen by the Academic Senate of the University of California.

Please contact the MCHID graduate office at mhcid@ics.uci.edu or the program director at mhciddirector@ics.uci.edu for further information.

Some highlights of the program include:

  • An interdisciplinary orientation
  • Flexibility to complete your Masters while continuing in your profession
  • Nine courses to be completed in one year
  • Diverse faculty with backgrounds in art and design, business, computer science, media arts, information science, and psychology
  • A substantial project component for an external client, with a team orientation


MHCID is an inclusive, interdisciplinary academic community geared towards highly successful professionals in user experience. Graduates of MHCID will be prepared for a variety of careers, including user experience (UX) research and design, systems analysis, design research, product design, project management, usability evaluation, web development; and more. Students will attend intensive accelerated in person classes on the beautiful UC Irvine campus in Orange County, CA as well as courses online.

Devon and Jonte from our first class standing in front of a giant yellow and blue inflated anteater

MHCID students solve real-world problems in diverse teams working closely with our award-winning interdisciplinary faculty. After mastering a range of key user experience skills and subjects, graduates will gain important academic and practical experience through our capstone project course. Working in teams of four to six, students will collaborate with an industry sponsor to innovate, improve, or modify a new or existing human-to-machine technology.

Faculty-student ratios are high across the program with every class taught by a faculty member and receiving support from multiple Teaching Assistants. The flexibility of distance learning allows students to complete their coursework on a schedule that meets their professional needs without moving and leaving successful career paths. MHCID students will have access to a broad range of networking activities through our extensive alumni network and industry and academic advisory boards.

To watch our Faculty Director present information about our MHCID program, click here.

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