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:
The HCI graduate certificate program 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.
The graduate certificate program is open to all individuals holding a bachelor's, master's, or doctorate degree in areas such as business, social sciences, technology, engineering, humanities, or related disciplines.
Students admitted only to the certificate program will have non-degree graduate status but will earn graduate credit for the courses they complete. 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.
Once admitted to the certificate program, a student will be given three years to complete the program as long as a B or better average is maintained in the courses taken.
Students applying for a graduate certificate must submit the following:
Unofficial transcripts are sufficient for an admit decision.
Official transcripts should be mailed to Global Learning:
Missouri University of Science and Technology
Office of Global Learning
G8 Norwood Hall, 320 West 12th Street
Rolla, MO 65409
Are you a working professional who wants to earn your master's degree, but you don’t have time to take the GRE/GMAT? Then start in a graduate certificate program. Graduate certificates were designed as a pathway to a master's degree.* The admission requirements are more relaxed and credit earned will count toward your degree. Once you successfully earn your graduate certificate, you can continue with the corresponding master's degree without having to take the GRE/GMAT.
This graduate certificate may act as a pathway to the following master’s programs:
*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.