I am new to this forum, have been following it for over a yr and finally created an account :)
I know this topic has been discussed many many times on this forum, but any more insight into this topic will be v helpful.
Background abouy myself: I am a UX/I designer with over 10yrs of experience. I have my bachelors in Applied arts and design (India). I really enjoy what I do. Off late I am seeing a trend from many employers looking for candidates with Masters in HCI, I know with the amount of experience I have, it might really not play an essential part in hiring me. But, it will increase my chances in finding a new job going forward. I don't wish to make any career changes right now, but I am thinking way ahead, like 5yrs from now.
Now, my biggest constraint is I have 2 kids and I cannot practically move to any place to pursue MS program. I live in GA and I know we have a great school right here. But, I can't really quit my job and go full time at GTech.
Given all this criteria, I have been looking into MS programs which are offered online. I ofcourse found Bentley which seems to be a great program. I also found IOWA state and IUPUI which is offering a grad certificate in HCI. They are fine with my education background. Univ of Baltimore also has a IDIA masters.
So here is my list:
1) Bentley - This is by far the best 2) IOWA State - This program seems to be very research and computer science focussed. I could be wrong. 3) IUPUI Grad certificate - This is not a masters program. This is a HCI certificate which is actually offered online, but classes are not live streamed like Bentley does. I looked up linkedin and did not find anybody with this certificate. 4) IDIA univ of Baltimore - This seems to be a nice program, but I am not very impressed with the faculty. Looked up linkedin and literally found 2 ppl who have attended this school.
Now my question to all of you, have any of you attended any of these programs and completed your masters? Can you please let me know which one suits my needs? I am a designer and I don't plan to change my role into research anytime. I need to make a conscious decision of choosing the right school. I will not be getting an opportunity to do masters again given all my constraints listed.
I will appreciate if any of you can let me know your thoughts.