MS in Interaction Design, Usability, User Research, User Experience, Information Architect

16 Nov 2009 - 11:41am
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Sourabh
2009

Hello Group,

I am back again with the same request. As, I have been looking for
the college and university to continue master degree in Interaction
Design, Usability, User Research, User Experience, Information
Architect.

My curiosity is...

1. Whether the courses are available under one roof or need to learn
individually?

2. Anyone knows the particular college or university where i will get
the above courses?

3. Any member in the group has completed master degree in information
architect? And, in which college? Any link?

4. For admission, is it important to have programming background,
such as, javascript, c, c++, php, .net

If anyone knows, please suggest.

Thanks,
Sourabh

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16 Nov 2009 - 12:54pm
Tony Tulathimutte
2008

Stanford University's Symbolic Systems Master's program (of which
I'm a graduate):
http://symsys.stanford.edu/ssp_static?page=masters.html

Andn the HCI concentration in the Computer Science program:
http://hci.stanford.edu/

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16 Nov 2009 - 5:43pm
Brian Mila
2009

Iowa State University offers HCI masters and PhD programs. The
programs dont require anything more than some computer science
background, although because the programs were spawned from the
Virtual Reality Application Center there is a programming component
to it, although if I remember it was an elective class.
http://www.hci.iastate.edu

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17 Nov 2009 - 5:03am
Sourabh
2009

Thanks Tony and Brian for the links,

I have done Bachelor of Fine Arts from IND, and have been working in
web / IT industry from last five years. I would like to specialize
learning in Usability, Interaction Design, and Information architect.
Please have a look - http://www.nickfinck.com/about/

For the courses, I am browsing the the following site, which has a
college list, but still I have confusion. Because some of the
universities required GRE scores.
http://iainstitute.org/en/learn/education/schools_teaching_ia.php

For "Usability, Interaction Design, Information Architect", GRE
scores are necessary? For, English proficiency, I am preparing for
TOEFL.

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17 Nov 2009 - 7:37am
Andrea Richeson
2008

I can highly recommend both the University of Michigan School of
Information and The University of Texas School of Information.
I received my MILS from Michigan '96 and am working on an advanced
certificate in Usability & Information Architecture from Texas '09.

Michigan HCI program: http://si.umich.edu/msi/hci.htm
Texas:
http://www.ischool.utexas.edu/programs/optional_specializations.php#Information

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17 Nov 2009 - 9:34am
Jay Steele
2009

Sourabh:

I do not know if "IND" stands for Indiana University but one of the
best programs in the country is the Human-Computer Interaction Design
Master's program at the School of Informatics and Computing at
Indiana University. I will be getting my degree from this program
next spring. For more information, check out this link:

http://xavier.informatics.indiana.edu/gradsites/hcid/masters/academics.php

If you have any specific questions, feel free to e-mail me or contact
Rachel Lawmaster, Manager of Admissions and Graduate Studies. Her
e-mail address is raclee at indiana.edu.

Wish you all the best on your search.

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18 Nov 2009 - 1:48am
Uidude
2009

>4. For admission, is it important to have programming background,
such as, javascript, c, c , php, .net

I think it is not required. A portfolio or some background in design
may be required for special courses.

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18 Nov 2009 - 5:19am
Sourabh
2009

Achyuta,

It is just that I wanted to send all document with TOEFL scores
before January 15th to start schooling for August 2010. So that, I
don't much time to prepare GRE. If GRE scores are necessary, so,
that matter I need to skip this year and have to apply next year
2011.

For doing Usability, Interaction Design, and Information Architect, I
thought GRE scores are not necessary. I am a web designer/developer
and wanted to learn more.

But, thanks for the link.

Sourabh

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18 Nov 2009 - 5:21am
Sourabh
2009

Aricheson

Thanks for the link. I think, this is what I was looking for.

Michigan HCI program: http://si.umich.edu/msi/hci.htm
Texas: http://www.ischool.utexas.edu/programs /optional
_specializations.php Information

I can go with utexas.edu/

Will send them an email for more information. I am preparing for
TOEFL. But, do you think GRE scores are necessary.

Sourabh

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18 Nov 2009 - 6:50am
Dave Malouf
2005

GRE's are almost always required by graduate programs. It is usually
required by accreditation bodies. So even non-academic programs like
our Interactive Design & Game Development (which also might fit your
needs, of which I'm not a professor) would require GRE's TOEFL and
Portfolio.

I can't imagine a school worth going to in the US that wouldn't
require them.

-- dave

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18 Nov 2009 - 6:57am
Elinesca
2008

That said, any grad school in the US worth attending understand that
foreign students might not easily have access to the GRE test - and in
some cases they WILL wave this requirement. So I would recommend any
student in this situation not to let it be a barrier and waste another
year waiting to take it. Apply, and if questioned about it, be honest
and explain why you haven't taken it.
Best of luck!
Elin

On 18 Nov 2009, at 03:50, dave malouf wrote:

> GRE's are almost always required by graduate programs. It is usually
> required by accreditation bodies. So even non-academic programs like
> our Interactive Design & Game Development (which also might fit your
> needs, of which I'm not a professor) would require GRE's TOEFL and
> Portfolio.
>
> I can't imagine a school worth going to in the US that wouldn't
> require them.
>
> -- dave
>
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18 Nov 2009 - 1:41pm
Brian Mila
2009

To follow up with the GRE question, I can confirm Elin's comment.
They waived any GRE requirement for me because I had 3 years of work
experience. So yes, definitely don't let the GRE thing stop you
from applying. And also, you may have better luck getting admitted
by directly contacting the professor you wish to study under, that's
what worked for me! Hope this helps.

Brian

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18 Nov 2009 - 8:22pm
Anonymous

@dave:

I don't know if the statement, "I can't imagine a school worth
going to in the US that wouldn't require them [GRE]" is completely
true. Arizona State has a really great design school and their
Masters in Interaction Design does not require the GRE. Of course,
they do require a 3.0 GPA in undergraduate studies and a portfolio of
work.

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19 Nov 2009 - 6:27am
Sharon Greenfield5
2008

MIT Media Lab? Is MIT not worth going to? ;)

On Nov 18, 2009, at 3:50 AM, dave malouf wrote:

> GRE's are almost always required by graduate programs. It is usually
> required by accreditation bodies. So even non-academic programs like
> our Interactive Design & Game Development (which also might fit your
> needs, of which I'm not a professor) would require GRE's TOEFL and
> Portfolio.
>
> I can't imagine a school worth going to in the US that wouldn't
> require them.
>
> -- dave

19 Nov 2009 - 7:57am
Dave Malouf
2005

my imagination is not very good.
I'm sorry gang!

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19 Nov 2009 - 11:27am
Sourabh
2009

As suggested in blog, I have sent an email request to solve the
curiosity, whether or not GRE is necessary for graduate application.
I agree with everyone, but on the other hand those who have English
their first language with work experience, it is obviously good for
them because they are aware about most of the things (it can be
anything). Other than that, the one whose English is not a first
language, they might have to prepare for it to attend course classes.
GRE, may be a reason but I think it will help them scoring more in
college, courses which they applied. So, it is better to wait for a
year, get a decent score in GRE / TOEFL, and I can apply anywhere.

But, the next question is, everyone came from different background
with creativity and they may be connected with social sites, blogs,
emails and understand that there are many colleges and universities.
If I ask everyone who were here, choose one or two colleges that
everyone agree with, which would it be?

Sourabh

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19 Nov 2009 - 12:20pm
Anonymous

I think only you can answer that question, Sourabh. Each program has
a different focus with different courses. You'll have to go through
them, look at the course descriptions and figure out which one is
right for you.

It's not like a Bachelors degree where no matter where you go, the
courses are relatively similar. This field is still developing and
therefore there is no set curriculum across institutions.

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19 Nov 2009 - 11:38pm
Sourabh
2009

Yes Kristen, I will go through them.

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29 Jul 2010 - 1:27am
Abhay Sharma
2010

Hey Saurabh, Hi..
Have you got  the answer of your question,
i am also looking for a masters program which focus on HCI, User experience, User research, IA as like you..

Please help me out becoz i m also not able to figure out  best available option for such kinda course

Thanks

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