Harrisburg University of Science and Technology

Master of Science in Human-Centered Interaction Design


326 Market Street

Harrisburg, PA 17101

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Science in Human-Centered Interaction Design

Format: Campus

Program Description:

It’s a wonderful thing when one of the fastest growing tech-related career fields is accessible to you – even if you don’t hold a tech-related degree. In fact, having a liberal arts, humanities, or social and behavioral science background actually makes you a better fit for the Human-Centered Interaction Design (HCID) field than the techies!

HU’s HCID master’s degree program is about designing processes, apps, and environments to make more fulfilling and useful experiences for people. It requires creativity, empathy for people, and strong problem-solving skills.

For example, once you’ve completed your MS degree, your work could involve:

  • Designing food-ordering kiosks that are intuitive, easy to use, and people-friendly
  • Using your knowledge to redesign the experience of  a museum to allow visitors flexible and enriching interaction with exhibits.
  • Reconfiguring an MRI room in a hospital to engage children rather than intimidate them

The career possibilities are endless and industry is clamoring for those qualified to bridge the gap between environments, technologies and the public. When you graduate with your HCID master’s degree, you’ll be ready to begin a career in user research and interface design, interaction design, business analysis, or information architecture. You’ll be able to improve life for millions of people by making technology options and human interactions that provide a gateway to a fuller, more satisfying life rather than a frustrating barrier.

Your HCID program is held on HU’s Philadelphia campus with a sprinkling of online classes and hybrid classes that meet on the occasional weekend. There are two program start dates each year. Ultimately, you will gain the skills to design effective and engaging interfaces, interactions, and user experiences that leverage the best of digital technologies and bring them seamlessly into complex human environments.

According to the Harvard Business Review there is strong corporate interest in “design thinking” as a way to open businesses to new markets through innovating new human-centered products and experiences. With an HCID masters from Harrisburg University – Philadelphia, you’ll be ready to enter this exploding field. Within just a few years after graduation, you could be earning in the six figures while doing work that is stimulating and highly valued.


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