Human-Computer Interaction, Master | Carleton University | Ottawa, Canada
24 months
22281 CAD/year
8455 CAD/year
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The Human-Computer Interaction MA/MASc/MCS program from Carleton University helps students make sense out of the rapidly changing world of technology. It focuses on ways computer systems support people at work, at home and at play. What makes our program distinctive is that it is interdisciplinary, allowing students to tailor their program based on a common core.


Course Details

Students can specialize in one of three programs:

  • Master of Arts (MA) for emphasis on human factors,
  • Master of Applied Science (MASc) for emphasis on new media technology and design
  • Master of Computer Science (MCS) for emphasis on software design.

The Human-Computer Interaction MA/MASc/MCS program from Carleton University is a two-year full-time degree, although part-time study may be considered in some cases. It is expected that students will complete the coursework in the first year of study and the thesis in the second year. 

The degree comprises three streams of study (MA, MASc, MCS). All students take the following three courses in the first year: Fundamentals of HCI design and evaluation, Software and user interface development and Emerging interaction techniques. The HCI discipline aims to ensure that interactive computer systems make sense to people by delivering the information they need in the right format and the right modality (speech, text, graphics, animation) at the right time.

Career Opportunities

Students graduating from this program can pursue jobs in diverse fields. From designing cockpits for aircraft, to working on video games or designing cell phone interfaces — all the way to exploring e-commerce purchasing — if you can dream it, this degree can help prepare you for a job in that area. No technology is off limits. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • HCI design and evaluation
  • Software and User Interface Development
  • Emerging Interaction Techniques
  • Experimental Methods and Statistics
  • Research methods in HCI

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
B+ (recommended)

Other requirements

General requirements

  • An honours undergraduate degree, or equivalent, in arts, social sciences, business or related areas with at least a B+ average.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    22281 CAD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 22281 CAD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    8455 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8455 CAD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Ottawa

1168 - 1925 CAD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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