An admitted doctoral student is strongly encouraged to identify a mentor by the end of the first semester in the program and must have a mentor by the end of their second semester in the program. The GPD will function as a mentor to first year doctoral students unless they have already designated a faculty mentor and approve the student’s courses.
After completing three offerings of the HCC 810 reading seminar and before the end of the student’s sixth semester of studies, the student must complete the Comprehensive Exam.
Ph.D. students who have successfully completed 30 graduate credits at UMBC are eligible to earn an MS in HCC from UMBC.
UMBC Graduate School policy requires that PhD students reach candidacy (propose dissertation) by their 5th year. After reaching candidacy, PhD students must graduate within 4 years.
Doctoral students are expected to attend all research seminars, doctoral proposals and dissertation defenses, and any colloquia with guest speakers as part of their learning experience.
Ph.D. Course Requirements (54 credit hours):
Required Foundation courses (9 credit hours):
HCC 810 Reading Seminar: to be completed as a series of three one-credit seminars during the first three semesters of the student’s doctoral studies.
Two Methodology Courses: Most students would take IS 804 (Advanced Quantitative Methods for IS Research: Statistical Learning) and IS 805 (Advanced Field Research Methods), but other courses may be approved by their advisor as appropriate.
Required Core courses (12 credit hours):
HCC 629 – Fundamentals of Human-Centered Computing (Offered Fall and Spring)
HCC 710 – Graphic Design for Interactive Systems (Offered in Fall)
Prerequisite or Corequisite: HCC 629
HCC 729 – Human-Centered Design (Offered in Spring)
Prerequisite or Corequisite: HCC 629 and HCC 636
Prerequisite of HCC 636 waived for PhD students
HCC 760 – Human-Computer Interaction (Offered in Fall)