Human-Computer Interaction (HCIM)

Graduate Degree Program
College: Information Studies

Abstract

In the HCIM program, students learn to design, evaluate, and implement new information technologies that are understandable, usable, and appealing to a wide variety of people. Our students develop a fundamental understanding of the technology design process, tool-building technologies, evaluation techniques, application areas for users, and the social impact of technology on the individual and community. The program prepares students to become human-computer interaction (HCI) leaders in industry and government, or to become successful in doctoral work in a particular specialization of HCI.
 
Our 30-credit program is typically completed in two years by full-time students, while offering flexibility to accommodate part-time and professional students. Our core curriculum grounds students in the fundamentals of HCI perspectives and methodologies, while electives offer in-depth insight into specialized areas of the field. Students are free to spend the summer in between working at an internship they secure, volunteering, taking courses, or developing their own projects of interest. The choice of an individual thesis or a client-based team capstone project allows students to demonstrate the skills they’ve acquired in the form best suited to their career goals.

Financial Assistance

The HCIM program is not able to offer applicants financial aid on admission. Many of our students apply for and secure graduate assistantships after being admitted to the program, but these positions are administered by individual faculty, departments, and offices, not by the program itself. For more information about scholarships and financial aid offered by the College of Information Studies, please see here.

Contact 

For more information about applying to the HCIM program, please contact Dustin Smith, the HCIM program's academic advisor, at hcim@umd.edu.
 
Please visit the College of Information Studies website for details on upcoming Information Sessions or Open House programs.

iSchool Student Services Office
4110 Hornbake Building, South Wing
4130 Campus Drive
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Telephone: 301.405.2038
Email: hcim@umd.edu

Website: http://www.ischool.umd.edu/hcim

Courses: INFM INST

Relationships: Information Management (INFM)     Information Studies (INFS)     Library and Information Science (LBSC)     Library and Information Science (online) (LBSO)

General Requirements

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcript(s): Uploading unofficial transcripts is sufficient for the purposes of the application review process. However, if you are offered admission and choose to enroll in the University of Maryland, you will need to provide an official and unopened transcript.
  • TOEFL/IELTS/PTE (international graduate students)

Program-Specific Requirements

All applicants to the College of Information Studies must meet the minimum requirements set by the University of Maryland Graduate School.

  • Applicants must have earned a four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or an equivalent degree from a non-U.S. institution.
  • Applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 average GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in all prior undergraduate course work.
  • Applicants must provide an official copy of a transcript for all their post-secondary work.

Admission to the HCIM program is competitive. Applicants are evaluated for admission to the program based primarily on academic achievement (GPA and prior coursework) and admissions essays. TOEFL score should be 100 or higher. GRE should be in the 40th percentile or higher for Verbal scores and in the 60th percentile or higher for Qualitative scores.

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant Fall Deadline
Domestic Applicants
US Citizens and Permanent Residents January 6, 2023
International Applicants
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas; A, E, G, H, I and L visas and immigrants January 6, 2023

RESOURCES AND LINKS:

Program Website: https://ischool.umd.edu/
Application Process: gradschool.umd.edu/admissions

The College operates six research centers: the Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL), the Information Policy and Access Center (iPAC), and the Center for Advanced Study of Communities and Information (CASCI), the Cloud Computing Center (CCC), the Trace Center, and the Digital Curation Innovation Center (DCIC).

iSchool faculty and doctoral students also participate in or have affiliations with the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS), the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), and the Computational Linguistics and Information Processing Laboratory (CLIP), as well as the Departments of Computer Science, English, and Sociology, the Robert H. Smith School of Business, the College of Education, and the Philip Merrill College of Journalism.

Last Name First/Middle Name Graduate Faculty Status Academic Credentials Positions
Bederson Benjamin B. Full Member B.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1986; M.S., New York University, 1989; Ph.D., 1992. Professor, Computer Science
Affiliate Professor, Human-Computer Interaction
Bertot John Full Member Ph.D., Syracuse University. Professor, History and Library & Information Science
Professor, Human-Computer Interaction
Professor, Information Management
Professor, Information Studies
Professor, Library and Information Science
Bonsignore Elizabeth Full Member PhD Information Studies, 2011; MS Computer Science, Naval Postgraduate School, 1991; EdM Education/Human Resources, 1989; BS English Language and Literature/Letters, United States Naval Academy, 1985. Lecturer, Human-Computer Interaction
Lecturer, Information Management
Lecturer, Information Studies
Lecturer, Library and Information Science
Choe Eun Kyoung Adjunct Member Ph.D., University of Washington, 2014 Assistant Professor, Human-Computer Interaction
Assistant Professor, Information Management
Assistant Professor, Information Studies
Assistant Professor, Library and Information Science
Clegg Tamara Full Member B.S., North Carolina State University, 2002; Ph.D. Georgie Institute of Technology, 2009 Associate Professor, Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership
Assistant Professor, History and Library & Information Science
Assistant Professor, Human-Computer Interaction
Assistant Professor, Information Management
Assistant Professor, Information Studies
Assistant Professor, Library and Information Science
Assistant Professor, School Librarianship
Assistant Professor, Youth Experience
Assistant Professor, Curriculum and Instruction
Dearstyne Bruce W. Adjunct Member B.A., Hartwick College, 1966; Ph.D., Syracuse University, 1974. Lecturer, History and Library & Information Science
Lecturer, Human-Computer Interaction
Lecturer, Information Management
Lecturer, Information Studies
Lecturer, Library and Information Science
Druin Allison J. Full Member B.F.A., Rhode Island School of Design, 1985; M.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1987; Ph.D.,University of New Mexico-Albuquerque, 1997. Associate Dean, Information Studies
Professor, Human-Computer Interaction
Professor, Library and Information Science
Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Elmqvist Niklas Full Member PhD., Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden, 2006 Director, Human-Computer Interaction
Associate Professor, History and Library & Information Science
Associate Professor, Human-Computer Interaction
Associate Professor, Information Management
Associate Professor, Information Studies
Associate Professor, Library and Information Science
Findlater Leah Full Member B.Sc., Computer Science, 2001; M.Sc., Computer Science, 2004; Ph.D., Computer Science, 2009. Assistant Professor, History and Library & Information Science
Assistant Professor, Human-Computer Interaction
Assistant Professor, Information Management
Assistant Professor, Library and Information Science
Frias-Martinez Vanessa Full Member M.S., Columbia University, 2003; Ph.D., Columbia University, 2008 Associate Professor, Library and Information Science
Assistant Professor, History and Library & Information Science
Assistant Professor, Human-Computer Interaction
Assistant Professor, Information Management
Assistant Professor, Information Studies
Golbeck Jennifer Full Member PhD., Computer Science, University of Maryland Associate Professor, History and Library & Information Science
Associate Professor, Human-Computer Interaction
Associate Professor, Information Management
Associate Professor, Information Studies
Associate Professor, Library and Information Science
Gorham-Oscilowski Ursula Full Member PhD., Information Studies, JD, University of Maryland School of Law; University of Maryland; MLS, University of Maryland; MPM, Master of Public Management. Lecturer, History and Library & Information Science
Lecturer, Human-Computer Interaction
Lecturer, Information Management
Lecturer, Library and Information Science
Jaeger Paul T. Full Member B.A., New College, 1996; M.Ed., University of North Florida, 1998; J.D., Florida State University, 2001; MSLIS, Florida State University, 2003; Ph.D., Florida State University, 2006. Professor, History and Library & Information Science
Professor, Human-Computer Interaction
Professor, Information Management
Professor, Information Studies
Kacorri Hernisa Full Member PhD Computer Science, City University of New York, 2016; MS Computer Science, City University of New York, 2014; MS Advanced Computer Systems, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, 2011; BS Computer Science, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, 2007. Assistant Professor, Human-Computer Interaction
Assistant Professor, Information Management
Assistant Professor, Information Studies
Assistant Professor, Library and Information Science
Kirschenbaum Matthew G. Full Member B.A., SUNY Albany, 1992; M.A., University of Virginia, 1994; Ph.D., 1999. Professor, English Language and Literature
Affiliate Associate Professor, American Studies
Affiliate Associate Professor, Human-Computer Interaction
Affiliate Associate Professor, Information Management
Affiliate Associate Professor, Information Studies
Affiliate Associate Professor, Library and Information Science
Kolowitz Brian Adjunct Member PhD., Robert Morris University Lecturer, Human-Computer Interaction
Lecturer, Information Management
Lecturer, Library and Information Science
Kules Bill Full Member PhD., Computer Science, University of Maryland, 2006. Visiting Associate Professor, Human-Computer Interaction
Visiting Associate Professor, Information Management
Visiting Associate Professor, Information Studies
Visiting Associate Professor, Library and Information Science
Lawley Katy Newton Full Member Ph.D. University of Maryland. Lecturer, Human-Computer Interaction
Lecturer, Information Management
Lecturer, Information Studies
Lecturer, Library and Information Science
Lazar Amanda Full Member PhD, University of Washington, 2015; BS University of California, San Diego, 2011. Assistant Professor, Human-Computer Interaction
Assistant Professor, Information Management
Assistant Professor, Information Studies
Assistant Professor, Library and Information Science
Marciano Richard Full Member PhD, University of Iowa. Professor, History and Library & Information Science
Professor, Human-Computer Interaction
Professor, Information Management
Professor, Information Studies
Professor, Library and Information Science
Professor, Curation and Management of Digital Assets (online)
Oard Douglas William Full Member M.Elect.E., Rice University, 1979;B.A., 1979; Ph.D., University of Maryland-College Park, 1996. Professor, Human-Computer Interaction
Professor, Information Management
Professor, Information Studies
Professor, Applied Mathematics & Statistics, and Scientific Computation
Professor, Library and Information Science
Affiliate Professor, Computer Science
Piety Philip Adjunct Member M.A., Georgetown University, 2003; Ph.D., University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 2008 Lecturer, Human-Computer Interaction
Lecturer, Information Management
Lecturer, Information Studies
Lecturer, Library and Information Science
Plaisant-Schwenn C. Adjunct Member Ph.D.,Pierre & Marie Curie University, 1982. Senior Research Scientist, Human-Computer Interaction
Preece Jennifer J. Full Member B.Sc., University of Ulster, 1971; Ph.D., Open University, 1985. Professor, Human-Computer Interaction
Professor, Information Management
Professor, Information Studies
Professor, Library and Information Science
Shilton Katie Full Member B.A., Oberlin College, 2003; MLS, UCLA, 2007; PhD., UCLA, 2011 Director, Information Studies
Associate Professor, History and Library & Information Science
Associate Professor, Human-Computer Interaction
Associate Professor, Information Management
Associate Professor, Information Studies
Associate Professor, Library and Information Science
Associate Professor, Curation and Management of Digital Assets (online)
St. Jean Beth Full Member B.A., Smith College, 1988; M.S. University of Michigan, 2006; Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2012. Assistant Professor, History and Library & Information Science
Assistant Professor, Human-Computer Interaction
Assistant Professor, Information Management
Assistant Professor, Information Studies
Assistant Professor, Library and Information Science
Subramaniam Mega M. Full Member Ph.D. Florida State Associate Professor, History and Library & Information Science
Associate Professor, Human-Computer Interaction
Associate Professor, Information Management
Associate Professor, Information Studies
Associate Professor, Library and Information Science
Associate Professor, School Librarianship
Associate Professor, Youth Experience
Tausczik Yla Full Member PhD. Social and Personality Psychology, University of Texas at Austin. Assistant Professor, History and Library & Information Science
Assistant Professor, Human-Computer Interaction
Assistant Professor, Information Management
Assistant Professor, Information Studies
Assistant Professor, Library and Information Science
Vanderheiden Gregg Full Member PhD., University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor, History and Library & Information Science
Professor, Human-Computer Interaction
Professor, Information Management
Professor, Information Studies
Professor, Library and Information Science
Vitak Jessica Full Member Ph.D. Michigan State University, 2012. Assistant Professor, History and Library & Information Science
Assistant Professor, Human-Computer Interaction
Assistant Professor, Information Management
Assistant Professor, Information Studies
Assistant Professor, Library and Information Science
Wang Ping Full Member Ph.D., University of California - Los Angeles UCLA 2005. Associate Professor, History and Library & Information Science
Associate Professor, Human-Computer Interaction
Associate Professor, Information Management
Associate Professor, Information Studies
Associate Professor, Library and Information Science
Weaver Kathy Full Member PhD, University of Maryland, Baltimore. Director, Information Management
Lecturer, History and Library & Information Science
Lecturer, Human-Computer Interaction
Lecturer, Information Management
Lecturer, Information Studies
Lecturer, Library and Information Science
Weeks Ann C. Adjunct Member B.S., Indiana State University, 1971; M.L.S., Indiana State University, 1973; Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 1982. Professor of Practice, Human-Computer Interaction
Professor of Practice, Information Management
Professor of Practice, Information Studies
Professor of Practice, Library and Information Science
Professor of Practice, School Librarianship
Professor of Practice, Youth Experience
Winter Susan Full Member PhD, University of Arizona Lecturer, History and Library & Information Science
Lecturer, Human-Computer Interaction
Lecturer, Information Management
Lecturer, Information Studies
Lecturer, Library and Information Science