Human-Computer Interaction Online MA

Every day, we engage with an array of devices through social media apps, websites, gaming consoles, kiosks, in cars, among others. Human-computer interaction plays a pivotal role in improving user-friendliness and functionality of these interfaces, making them more pleasing, accessible and efficient for all. Studying human-computer interaction online provides the flexibility to acquire skills in designing user-friendly digital interfaces from the comfort of your own space.

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 program seamlessly blends principles and techniques from computer science, graphic design and social sciences, empowering you to master user-centered design approaches. You’ll gain the skills needed to craft information and communication technologies, including websites, mobile apps, computer games and software design.

Choose between two distinct tracks: one that delves exclusively into HCI influences or a professional track enriched with relevant business courses, allowing you to tailor your academic journey to your specific interests and goals.



Within this track, your emphasis will lean towards hands-on experiential learning through project-based activities and experimental environments. Throughout the program, your proficiency in teamwork and knowledge application will be continually challenged through various project courses. For those inclined towards research, there is also the option to pursue an in-depth culminating thesis as part of your academic journey.


The hybrid track combines the essential HCI curriculum with management, marketing and other industry-relevant skills derived from our renowned, nationally accredited MBA program. In a rapidly evolving landscape, companies seek professionals capable of bridging revolutionary discoveries with practical marketplace applications. Our professional track places you at the interdisciplinary nexus that will shape the future of technology and business.


Master of Arts

Human Computer Interaction

Flexibility and convenience with online degrees

An online graduate degree provides the flexibility to advance your education while maintaining your professional and personal commitments, offering convenience and accessibility for career enhancement and skill development.


Upon graduation, you will have hands-on experience gained from projects designed to foster skill development and enhance human-computer interaction. Many program graduates secure funding through fellowships, allowing them to participate in substantial projects in collaboration with well-established companies like Welch Allyn, MedTech and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Furthermore, our program maintains strong connections with regional businesses, providing 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

All of my life I’ve been these two people. I am interested in science fiction and technology and I’m also an artist and designer. HCI meant I could pursue both of those things.

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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in total awards given every year to our graduate students

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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.

Available On-Campus

Oswego's human computer interaction program is also available in person, providing an opportunity for collaboration and hands-on learning experiences.

On-Campus 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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