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There is a growing demand within industry for workers with expertise in human-computer interaction (HCI), with titles such as interface designer; usability researcher analyst; usability engineer; user experience specialist; and information architect. HCI specialists bridge the gap in organizations between groups who build the technologies and groups who use the technologies. The qualifications for these positions generally fall into the following categories:
- A general knowledge/background in human-computer interaction;
- Skills in collecting user requirements
- Skills in developing prototypes, both low fidelity (e.g., paper) and high fidelity (e.g., html mock-up); and
- Research skills in evaluation of the impact of technologies on humans.
The Information Science and Technology department at the Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) offers both undergraduate and graduate programs in human-computer interaction. These programs prepare students for positions as HCI specialists, and provide working IT professionals with additional skills to aid in the design and evaluation of usable systems. The IST department at Missouri S&T includes some of the leading researchers in the field of HCI, with strong ties to industry usability professionals.
The graduate certificate program is open to all individuals holding a BS, MS or PhD degree in areas such as business, social sciences, technology, engineering, or related disciplines. The certificate program consists of four courses. Potential students must have the prerequisites for the courses in the program. In order to receive a Graduate Certificate, the student must have an average graduate cumulative grade point of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale in the certificate courses taken. Students admitted only to the certificate program will have non-degree graduate status but will earn graduate credit for the courses they complete. The courses in the program will be offered at least once per year. If the four-course sequence approved by the graduate advisor is completed with a grade of B or better in each of the courses taken, the student will, upon application, be admitted to the Master of Business Administration or to the Master of Science in Information Science and Technology. The certificate courses taken by students admitted to the program will count towards the MBA program or the M.S. in Information Science and Technology degree program. Once admitted to the Certificate program, a student will be given five years to complete the program as long as a B or better average is maintained in the courses taken.
- IST 5885: Human-Computer Interaction
- IST 5886: HCI Prototyping
- IST 5887: HCI Evaluation
One of the following:
- IST 6887 or BUS 6887:(co-listed) Research Methods in Business and IS&T
- IST 6680: Advanced Web and New Media Studies
Course description can be found in the catalog at catalog.mst.edu/graduate.
Graduate certificates were designed as a gateway to a master’s degree. If a student earns a B or better in each certificate course they may continue for the graduate degree (in the corresponding department), without needing to submit GRE/GMAT scores, or letters of recommendation. A student does not need to continue on for the graduate degree, however most do. Graduate certificates were designed for working professionals who have real life work experience and may not have time to take the GRE/GMAT. Admission requirements for the graduate certificate program are also more relaxed than the graduate degree. This graduate certificate may act as a gateway to the following master’s programs:
(Applicants must indicate which program they wish to use the certificate as a gateway for when initially applying for the certificate).