Studying HCI at UMD

There are many ways to study HCI at UMD – from taking occasional courses to getting a degree. We welcome students from around campus to study and work with us.


HCIL has compiled a list of human-computer interaction courses offered at the University of Maryland. In addition to courses to be taught by HCIL members, there are courses being offered from several different departments which have shown interest in human-computer interaction issues.  HCIL would like to help to increase visibility for HCI courses and this topic in general.


While there is no specific undergraduate degree in HCI at UMD, it is possible to study some aspects of HCI by majoring in Information Science through the College of Information Studies. Students may also explore the potential to customize a degree through the UMD Individual Studies Program (IVSP). The IVSP allows a student to create their own major and program of study through a faculty advisor. Learn more about the IVSP program.


he College of Information Studies, Maryland’s iSchool, offers a Master of Science degree in Human-Computer Interaction. The HCI Master’s degree integrates information studies, computer science, education, psychology and design to prepare students for careers in industry or research. Through coursework and research experiences, students in this program will develop skills in the fundamentals of human-computer interaction, advanced research methods, user experience design, usability analysis and testing, social computing strategies and technologies, and technology design. Electives and projects allow students to focus on areas of interest within HCI. To learn more about the HCI master’s degree, visit the informal HCIM program website or the iSchool’s HCI Master’s website.


The Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory (HCIL) is an interdisciplinary research community, but prospective students must be admitted and pursue a degree in a particular department, usually computer science, library and information science, information management, psychology, or education. Once admitted, we consider students for Graduate Research Assistantships and for participation in projects.  Often projects involve students from several units and we collaborate regularly.

Computer Science

Students can apply to earn their PhD in Computer Science, with a focus in HCI. Students should choose to work with CS faculty who focus on HCI, including:

  • Professor Niklas Elmqvist
  • Professor Jen Golbeck
  • Asst. Professor Leilani Battle
  • Asst. Professor John Dickerson
  • Asst. Professor Michelle Mazurek
  • Senior Lecturer and Researcher Evan Golub
Information Studies

Students could also decide to pursue their PhD in Information Studies, with a focus in HCI. You will want to choose to work with iSchool faculty who focus in HCI:

  • Professor Niklas Elmqvist
  • Professor Jen Golbeck
  • Professor Jonathan Lazar
  • Professor Wayne Lutters
  • Professor Gregg Vanderheiden
  • Assoc. Professor Tamara Clegg
  • Assoc. Professor Kari Kraus
  • Assoc. Professor Yla Tausczik
  • Associate Professor Jessica Vitak
  • Asst. Professor Joel Chan
  • Asst. Professor Eun Kyoung Choe
  • Asst. Professor Hernisa Kacorri
  • Asst. Professor Ge Gao
  • Asst. Professor Amanda Lazar
Other Departments

There are also other departments with faculty who are members of HCIL and have a focus on HCI.

American Studies

  • Assoc. Professor Jason Farman


  • Asst. Professor David Weintrop


  • Assoc. Professor Ira Chinoy