The Rensselaer M.S. degree in HCI is centered on understanding human interaction with technological systems and human-to-human communication via technology. Our approach to human-computer interaction differs from other HCI programs by being centered in
communication rather than computer science. The degree provides in-depth study of the fundamental principles of human/technology interaction; mastery of techniques for evaluation of interfaces and performance support systems, and of system usability; and design and implementation of human/technology interfaces and systems. The M.S. in HCI program combines course work in human communication theory and HCI theory with work in allied areas in which Rensselaer excels, such as technical communication, human factors, cognitive science, and computer science. The M.S. in HCI graduate will be uniquely qualified to be a leader in understanding the human in human-computer interaction and putting this knowledge to use in designing, evaluating, and implementing the technologies of tomorrow.
Rensselaer is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and by a number of professional and academic societies.