In 2006 the Department of Information Systems at UMBC launched Master’s and Doctoral Human-Centered Computing (HCC) graduate programs. Since their creation, these programs have matured with a strong international reputation.
Our HCC Master's has two tracks: a Practitioner Track for those who wish to become UX, IA, or usability professionals and a Research Track for those who are interested in pursuing a Master's Thesis and possibly apply to a PhD program.Learn more
Our HCC PhD program is oriented towards the production of knowledge on significant challenges in the design and use of technology by people. This is a research-heavy program for those interested in pursuing positions in industry labs or academia.Learn more
HCC @ UMBC boasts an internationally recognized faculty whose research address the design and impact of technology on people and society. We are particularly known for our innovative research groups in accessibility, CSCW and social computing, human information access, and health informatics.
CSCW, Affective Computing
Assistive Tech, Makerspaces
Tactile Interface Design, BCI
Information Organization, Search
CSCW, Health Informatics
In our 10 years, we have graduated 11 PhDs who have gone on to positions in industry, government, and academia and we have graduated 76 master’s students who have gone on to UX positions in industry or some of the top HCI PhD programs in the nation.
We have an interdisciplinary, diverse student body with different backgrounds, graduate school experiences, and goals. Below is a sampling of our current students and alumni.
General questions about Master's program or PhD programs: HCC graduate program advisor (GPD) firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applying to PhD program: Contact a specific faculty member to inquire on their current research opportunities.