The Center for Human-Computer Interaction is an interdisciplinary research center jointly sponsored by the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology; and the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science at Virginia Tech.

Graduate Certificate in HCI

Graduate Certificate in HCI

A Graduate Certificate in Human-Computer Interaction Program is administered by the Center for Human-Computer Interaction and offered in conjunction with either a master's or doctoral degree in most departments. The certificate administrator is Dr. Scott McCrickard.

Graduate Certificate Requirements

Master's degree students complete 9 hours and doctoral students 15 hours of coursework for the certificate; at least two of the courses taken must be outside the student's degree program requirements and home department. These courses should be relevant to HCI; those in the following list are especially recommended. If the student writes a thesis or dissertation, it must be related to human-computer interaction. Students can normally fit the requirements for the certificate into their program of graduate study so that the time needed to complete the graduate degree in their basic discipline is not extended by simultaneously pursuing the certificate. Students interested in the Graduate Certificate in Human-Computer Interaction should confer with the director of the Center for Human-Computer Interaction prior to submitting a program of study to the Graduate School.

Download the certificate application, fill it out and send it to the Graduate School. The Graduate School has instructions about obtaining a certificate, make sure you read them before you proceed.

Graduate Courses

The following graduate courses (3H, 3C, unless noted otherwise) are offered through participating departments. For descriptions, see respective departments.

CS/ISE 5714 Usability Engineering
CS 5724 Models and Theories of HCI
CS 5734 Computer-Supported Cooperative Work
CS 5754 Virtual Environments
CS 5764 Information Visualization
CS 5774 User Interface Software
CS 6724 Advanced Topics In Human-Computer Interaction
Digital Cities and Internet Communities
Design and Software Reuse in HCI
CE 5064 Knowledge-based expert systems
EDCI 6664 Advanced Instructional Technology
ISE 5604 Human Information Processing
ISE 5605 Human Factors System Design I
ISE 5694 Macroergonomics
ISE 6604 Human Factors of Visual Display Systems
ISE 6614 Human Computer Systems
PSYCH 5354 Information Processing
STS 5424 Computers in Society

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