Human Computer Interaction – Master’s

Human Computer Interaction

The study of the relationship between humans and technology has quickly become one of the most dynamic and significant fields. Our online masters in HCI is an established leader in this rapidly evolving area.


The Human Computer Interaction (HCI) online graduate program was created from the growing demand from business and industry. Businesses have realized simply using computers isn’t enough. They need to work with and for… people. The HCI program shows people how to combine programming with psychology to better meet the needs of customers and stakeholders.

HCI applies to a vast array of careers. Students come into the program with bachelor’s degrees ranging from engineering, business, and graphic design to journalism, english and interior design.

Admission Requirements

Graduate College Requirements:

  • 4 year Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent)
  • Academic Records/Transcripts
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA (Program may alter requirement.)
  • Proof of English Proficiency

For more information visit the Graduate College website.


Total: 30 credits (10 courses)

For a complete breakdown of core curriculum and electives, visit the program page. 


Tuition for the entire program is $22,560*, plus fees. Additional information about tuition and fees can be found on the Registrar’s website.
*On average. For a detailed tuition estimate, email or call 515-294-2098

Job titles include:

  • Data analyst
  • Data scientist
  • Software developer
  • Data product management
  • User experience designer
  • Product designer
  • Marketing strategist
  • User-centered designer
  • User interface designer
  • UX researcher
  • Interaction designer

HCI graduates are in high demand in industry with a median salary of $90,000

It’s the best investment you’ll ever make.

Contact Information

Tiffany Kayser
Program Contact

Stephen Gilbert
Program Director

Iowa State Online

I found the flexibility of my online program incredibly appealing. I was able to pursue my masters while maintaining my job.

– Isabel Almuger, online HCI masters graduate

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Top rated courses by students

  • #1

    Cognitive psychology of human computer interaction

  • #2

    Virtual environments, virtual worlds, and application

  • #3

    Cognitive engineering

“What makes the HCI program at Iowa State University so valuable is its interdisciplinary approach, allowing students to work in a wide range of topic areas with faculty positioned across the university.”


“The HCI program has helped immensely in jump starting my career shift form graphic design to a UX/UI designer. Getting this degree has been a significant factor in attaining my new job as a NASA contractor developing its new intranet!”


“Choosing Iowa State’s HCI program was the right choice. Their engineering-based approach to many topics gave me the change in perspective and education I needed to open myself to near career opportunities.”


“A master’s in HCI from Iowa State truly is a differentiator in the marketplace, and without it, I’m not entirely sure my job opportunities would have presented themselves.”