Human-Computer Interaction MA

We are constantly interacting with devices in different ways — such as apps, websites, kiosks and cars — just to name a few. Human-computer interaction graduates go out into the world and improve the usability of these interfaces.

Quick Facts

Application Deadline April 1

You Can Start Fall

Delivery Option(s) Main Campus, Online

Cost Per Credit Hour $471

Credit Hours 33

Estimated Completion Time 2 Years


Our interdisciplinary degree integrates concepts and methods from computer science, graphic design and the social sciences. Drawing upon these concepts and methods, you will learn user-centered design approaches as you create information and communication technologies such as websites, mobile apps, computer games and software design.

Choose between two tracks designed to focus solely on HCI influences or a professional track infused with business courses.



In this track you will focus more on hands-on learning in project-based and experimental settings. In addition, your knowledge and teamwork skills will be put to the test in multiple project courses taken throughout the program. Some students may also focus on research and end up with a culminating thesis.


This hybrid track cross-trains you with the core HCI curriculum with management, marketing and other industry relevant skills from our award-winning and nationally accredited MBA program. Companies need to translate revolutionary discoveries into effective applications for the marketplace and our professional track will put you at the interdisciplinary nexus that will lead into the future of technology and business. 


Master of Arts

Human Computer Interaction

Research Projects

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.


Graduates will gain real-world experience through projects that incorporate skills building, analyzing and improving human-computer interaction. Graduates of our program secure funding through fellowships to work on large-scale projects with major businesses like Welch Allyn, MedTech and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Our program also ties with regional businesses to provide opportunities for professional growth and exposure to the industry.

Career Opportunities

  • Accessibility Specialist
  • Game Tester
  • Graphical User Interface Designer
  • Front-End Web Designer
  • Mobile App Developer
  • User Experience Designer

Program Resources

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Human-computer interaction master's program now available entirely online


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STEM Designated

STEM designated educational programs make it possible for international graduates to remain stateside longer to not only establish their careers but also to help meet the demand for STEM-educated professionals. 

Diversity Graduate Fellowship Program

Prospective students may be eligible for an award which includes an annual stipend, in addition to fully-paid tuition for full-time study.

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More than 120 Graduate Assistantships Offered

Assistantships provide an opportunity to gain experience through professional work on campus.

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Immersive experience -- Several SUNY Oswego students spent part of their summer in Vietnam...

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The Power of SUNY Tuition

Achieving your long-term career goals shouldn’t come at the expense of your immediate financial security. Oswego offers low tuition compared to many private colleges. Never sacrificing quality for affordability, our graduate students are receiving a nationally accredited program that will translate into effective knowledge and opportunities.

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Available 100% Online

Oswego's human computer interaction program is also available online, offering you the flexibility to participate at your own pace.

Online Program

Admission Requirements

Official transcript
Submit official transcripts confirming your bachelor’s or master’s degree/advanced certificate. This includes graduate-level coursework or post-baccalaureate degree/certificate. U.S. transcripts must be sent directly from the granting institution (electronic or mail). All international transcripts require verification via a World Education Services (WES) credit evaluation. If you are a SUNY Oswego alum, your official transcript will be automatically requested after entering your student ID and identifying SUNY Oswego as your school on the application upon submitting your application.
GPA of at least 3.0

A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better is required for applicants. If you have questions regarding your GPA, please speak to the department advisor for further information.

GRE Optional

GRE scores are not required for an applicant to be considered for admission into this graduate program. Applicants who believe that a GRE score would strengthen their credentials have the option to submit a test score as part of their application package.

Statement of purpose

In 500-100 words, describe your personal achievements relating to your academic interests, and detail your educational and professional objectives with reasoning for applying to SUNY Oswego. This statement will help the review team better understand and evaluate your application.


Include a professional resume or curriculum vitae that includes your academic history, professional background and any accomplishments of note. This document should provide details that support your admittance to the program.

Two letters of recommendation

Indicate two names with valid email addresses. We will send an email request directly to the references on your behalf. These references should be able to speak to your character, work ethic and abilities.

Application fee

Prospective students are charged a non-refundable $65 fee for processing the application.

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