About the Program

Student work groupThe 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 educates designers, researchers, and developers to not only use a variety of key skills, tools, and approaches but to invent the next generation.

In just one 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 2018-2019 Year

  • SEPTEMBER 10 to 14, 2018: Overview of HCI and Design (accelerated in-person, required to be in Irvine)
  • 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,(in-person March 28-30, 2019) and online throughout quarter)
  • SUMMER QUARTER: Innovations in HCI and Design (online);
    Capstone Project (online throughout quarter, in-person September 12-14, 2019)
  • END OF PROGRAM: Showcase and Job Fair (in-person, September 13, 2019)

MHCID SCHEDULE 2019-2020 Year

  • Rolling acceptances open now with a final application deadline of March 31, 2019
  • SEPTEMBER 9 to 13, 2019 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, (in-person March T.B.D. and online throughout quarter)
  • SUMMER QUARTER: Innovations in HCI and Design (online);
    Capstone Project (online throughout quarter, in-person T.B.D.)
  • END OF PROGRAM: Showcase and Job Fair (in-person, T.B.D)

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