The HCI program has two main objectives:

First, it aims to produce graduates who, while remaining true to their native discipline, understand the language and the constraints under which specialists in other contributing disciplines work. This level of understanding is particularly sought after by the IT industry and by government agencies. Access to graduates equipped with the necessary interdisciplinary skills will offset the cost of training newcomers in a climate with ever-tighter product completion deadlines. Graduates from the proposed program will therefore have a significant competitive advantage in the job market.

The second objective is to enable those HCI graduates who qualify and wish to continue their studies to a Ph.D. level to remain acceptable to a traditional discipline regardless of whether they apply to Carleton or elsewhere.