Welcome to the Carleton Multidisciplinary Master’s degree in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). Our research focuses on ways interactive technologies can help make life easier and more pleasant for people at work, at play, and at home. Our group represents some 27 faculty from 13 different Schools and Departments, ranging from Architecture and Industrial Design to Computer Science, Business, Psychology, and Journalism, whose research all involves some aspect of interactive technologies and the way people interact with computers.

About the Program

The HCI program is a 2 year research program which leads to a MA, a MASc, or a MCS, depending on the student’s disciplinary background. All students take the following three courses in the first year: software and user interface development; fundamentals of design and evaluation; and designing and developing interactive entertainment systems. It is composed of 2.5 credits in coursework plus a thesis which is worth 2.5 credits to make a 5.0 credit program. The HCI discipline aims to ensure that interactive computer systems make sense to people by delivering the information they need in the right format and the right modality (speech, text, graphics, animation) at the right time.