Masters Degree Recommendations

10 Apr 2007 - 11:52am
7 years ago
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Kiesel, Jeffrey...
2007

Hi All,

I'm considering going for a Masters Degree in HCI or some related
discipline. I'm just beginning to think about this, and I'm hoping some
people on the list might know of some good programs. Right now I'm
leaning towards finding an online program, but from a good school. Does
anyone have any recommendations?

Thanks,
~jeff
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10 Apr 2007 - 12:05pm
Vishal Subraman...
2005

> I'm considering going for a Masters Degree in HCI or some related
> discipline. I'm just beginning to think about this, and I'm hoping some
> people on the list might know of some good programs. Right now I'm
> leaning towards finding an online program, but from a good school. Does
> anyone have any recommendations?

There was a discussion about a few months back on the same topic. More than
25 schools came up,
I doubt if any of them are online though. I may be wrong, but I can't
imagine how a good design program can be online.

--
-Vishal
http://www.vishaliyer.com

10 Apr 2007 - 3:03pm
Jeff Howard
2004

Vishal Iyer wrote:
> There was a discussion about a few months back on the same topic.
> More than 25 schools came up,

The IxDA is working on making the list archives a little more
accessible for this kind of information. Until then, here's a link
to the thread I think Vishal's talking about:

Best schools for HCI degrees?
http://www.howardesign.com/exp/ixd/?post=13299

// jeff

10 Apr 2007 - 5:06pm
Vishal Subraman...
2005

>
> Best schools for HCI degrees?
> http://www.howardesign.com/exp/ixd/?post=13299

Yeah, thats the one.
Jeff, I really like your archive interface. Thanks!

--
-Vishal
http://www.vishaliyer.com

10 Apr 2007 - 8:54pm
Tim Nicholson
2007

You may want to take a look at http://www.njit.edu.
The graduate program closest to HCI is called
"Professional and Technical Communication". It's a
fully accredited online graduate program with a
curriculum that seems focused on interactive design.
Hope this helps.

-T

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11 Apr 2007 - 7:43am
Chris Whelan
2004

I do recognize the benefits of remote/online
education. Grad school is expensive and
time-consuming, so I understand why you’d want to
mitigate those factors.

Also, the program Tim points to here may be excellent.

Still, I believe something is lost by not physically
going to school: the people.

Many of the people I met at grad school and teamed
with on school projects are the same people I work
with and rely on today. My program enjoys a very
strong network (read: we hire each other and consult
each other) and I honestly don't believe that such a
network could exists if the people only knew each
other through chat rooms and email threads.

Sure, I feel as though I know some of the folks on
this discussion group, for example. I've met some;
I've gained respect for some through their posts, but
I don’t think foundation is the same.

Seth Godin wrote a wonderfully funny blog entry about
designing his own MBA program. He suggests that -
because the two most valuable benefits of going to
business school are being able to say you went to
[insert your school here] and the contacts you gain
from hanging out with your classmates - the student
who drops out of a top business school after being
accepted but before attending classes would save
themselves $235K (tuition and lost salary). He jokes
that his business school won’t have classes, as the
actual learning is of less importance than the
fraternity.

http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2007/04/nobs_the_end_of.html

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11 Apr 2007 - 8:00am
Mark Schraad
2006

>I do recognize the benefits of remote/online
>education. Grad school is expensive and
>time-consuming, so I understand why you?d want to
>mitigate those factors.

There are lots of reasons to go to grad school - and lots of take aways...

to learn
to catch up with your profession
to research something specific
to learn how to research

put the degree on your resume
network
the school's reputation
the instructor's reputation

When I was in grad school I found that students that went from under grad to grad without the benefits of work experience were at a significant dissadvantage. In fact, that I continued to consult part time through grad school really helped me apply what I was learning. That said, I do not understand the executive mba. I went through a 50+ hour program and can't imagine getting enough out of a 30 hour or weekend program. But I wanted more than just the pedigree.

11 Apr 2007 - 1:24pm
Deb Hester
2007

I can tell you from my recruiter's perspective, that most employers I've
worked with prefer candidates with degrees from well-respected Grad schools.
They value the experience you gain there.

Deb Hester
Deb Hester & Associates
(866) 324-0705
www.debhester.biz

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I do recognize the benefits of remote/online education. Grad school is
expensive and time-consuming, so I understand why you'd want to mitigate
those factors.

Also, the program Tim points to here may be excellent.

Still, I believe something is lost by not physically going to school: the
people.

Many of the people I met at grad school and teamed with on school projects
are the same people I work with and rely on today. My program enjoys a very
strong network (read: we hire each other and consult each other) and I
honestly don't believe that such a network could exists if the people only
knew each other through chat rooms and email threads.

Sure, I feel as though I know some of the folks on this discussion group,
for example. I've met some; I've gained respect for some through their
posts, but I don't think foundation is the same.

Seth Godin wrote a wonderfully funny blog entry about designing his own MBA
program. He suggests that - because the two most valuable benefits of going
to business school are being able to say you went to [insert your school
here] and the contacts you gain from hanging out with your classmates - the
student who drops out of a top business school after being accepted but
before attending classes would save themselves $235K (tuition and lost
salary). He jokes that his business school won't have classes, as the
actual learning is of less importance than the fraternity.

http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2007/04/nobs_the_end_of.html

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11 Apr 2007 - 4:23pm
Christine Boese
2006

One might also look at the HCI program at Rensselaer, also in technical and
professional communication.
http://www.llc.rpi.edu/programs/graduate_hci.shtml

Those of us who are products of that program swear by it.

Chris

On 4/10/07, Tim Nicholson <elreno3 at yahoo.com> wrote:
>
> You may want to take a look at http://www.njit.edu.
> The graduate program closest to HCI is called
> "Professional and Technical Communication". It's a
> fully accredited online graduate program with a
> curriculum that seems focused on interactive design.
> Hope this helps.
>
> -T
>
>
>
>
>
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12 Apr 2007 - 1:40am
Alexander Baxevanis
2007

Last year I did the MSc in Human-Computer Interaction and Ergonomics
at the University College London Interaction Centre
(http://www.uclic.ucl.ac.uk/).

It was a great (and challenging) experience, students come from all
over the world as well as from different levels of experience, from
those who just completed their undergrad to professionals with a few
years experience looking to get a formal qualification.

I can't tell how good its reputation is internationally, but it's
pretty good within the UK, with quite a few people in top
consultancies coming from this course.

-- Alexander Baxevanis
Usability & Software Engineer
Motorola Labs UK

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