Graduate Certificate Programs

Human-Computer Interaction and User Experience

Department of Business and Information Technology

Program Description:
There is a growing demand within industry for workers with expertise in human-computer interaction (HCI), with titles such as interface designer; usability research 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 and user experience. 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.

Entrance into IST MS or MBA Programs:

Students admitted to the HCI Certificate program will have non-matriculated status. If they complete the four certificate courses with a grade of “B” or better in each of the courses taken, they may be admitted to the MBA program or MS program in IST, if they so choose. A student must, however, follow the normal application process. The certificate credits will count toward the student’s MS degree.

A student may receive a graduate level HCI certificate from the information science and technology department at Missouri S&T by completing four courses, consisting of three required core courses and one advanced HCI course. 

The core courses are: 

  • IST 5885 Human-Computer Interaction - taught fall and spring semesters
  • IST 5886 HCI Prototyping - taught fall semester
  • IST 5887 HCI Evaluation - taught spring semester

The advanced HCI course may be either of the following courses: 

  • IST 6887 Research Methods in HCI - taught fall semester
  • IST 6680 Advanced Web and New Media Studies - taught fall semester

Please check the Schedule of Classes for a current listing of available courses.

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IST 5885 Human-Computer Interaction
Introduction to the field of human-computer interaction (HCI). Students examine issues and challenges related to the interaction between people and technology. In particular, the class explores the social and cognitive characteristics of people who use systems. Students learn techniques for understanding user needs, interface prototyping, and interface evaluation.

IST 5886 Human-Computer Interaction Prototyping
This course covers designs, methods and tools for creating low and high fidelity prototypes of information technology systems. The different prototyping approaches are examined as part of the iterative design cycle that is commonly used for developing usable information technologies. (Prerequisite: IST 5885 taken previously or concurrently)

IST 5887 Human-Computer Interaction Evaluation
This course covers research and analysis methods for evaluating the impact of information technology systems on humans and organizations. During the course, students will use different technical and non-technical tools to evaluate various information technologies. The goal of the course is to teach students to conduct practical evaluations of systems with the goal of providing recommendations for improving system functionality and usability. (Prerequisite: IST 5885 taken previously or concurrently)

IST 6680: Advanced Web and New Media Studies
The course covers web culture, including topics such as social media; citizen journalism, crowd intelligence, privacy, and copy right. (Prerequisite:  Graduate Standing)

IST 6887 and BUS 6887 Research Methods in Human-Computer Interaction
This course covers advanced skills necessary for conducting research within the area of human-computer interaction. The course will cover techniques and tools for carrying out literature reviews; forming research goals; designing appropriate research methodology; conducting data analyses; and preparing manuscripts and presentations of findings. (Prerequisite: IST 5887)

* Curriculum is subject to change. Please contact the department for up-to-date information on courses. Other courses approved by the department may be substituted for any of the above listed courses on a case-by-case basis. The administrative coordinators must approve the substitution prior to enrolling in the course.

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A student who completes the Human-Computer Interaction graduate certificate at Missouri S&T, having earned a grade of "B" or better in each of the certificate courses, may be admitted to the MBA program in business administration or the MS program in information science and technology. The normal application process will be followed, but the minimum undergraduate GPA and GRE score requirement will be waived. Normal course prerequisites still apply.

Click here for more information on admissions.

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Students applying for a business project management graduate certificate will need the following:

Complete the Online Application. When you start your application select "Graduate Online/Distance" and then select which certificate you are applying for. Don't forget to list your current employer and company location on the application.

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Gainful Employment Program Disclosure

Effective July 1, 2011, the Department of Education requires that all certificate programs must disclose particular Gainful Employment information to current and prospective students. The information that is provided in the disclosure includes the estimated cost of the certificate program as well as on-time graduation and job placement rates for this particular certificate program. The disclosure information is based on data from the 2017-18 school year(defined as the period between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018)


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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:

Business Administration (MBA)
Information Science and Technology (MS)

(Applicants must indicate which program they wish to use the certificate as a gateway for when initially applying for the certificate).

*Completion of a graduate certificate program does not automatically guarantee admission into a corresponding graduate degree program. To continue in a master’s degree program, you must apply. Click here for details and check with academic department for program specific details and requirements.

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All courses are offered through distance education in a short condensed format, typically 5-8 weeks in length, over the internet, via live streaming video; collaborative learning software includes WebEx and Blackboard; classes are archived online for review and easy access.

Course Management Software: Blackboard.

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