HCI/d Ph.D. Requirements

The human-computer interaction design track of the Ph.D. in Informatics offers the opportunity to conduct practical research in these areas:

  • Interaction design
  • Computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW)
  • New media
  • Dynamic visualizations
  • Computer-mediated communication
  • Usability and evaluation methods
  • Collaborative shared surfaces
  • External representations
  • Augmented reality
  • Learning systems
  • Design pedagogy

This program is research-based and in Interdisciplinary, with projects that may span several areas within the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering, including complex networks and systems, security informatics, and computing, culture, and society. Course work includes core materials in contemporary HCI research, as well as the opportunity to engage in a Ph.D. minor in another discipline.

While students in the Ph.D. program come from diverse academic and professional backgrounds, they generally come to us with basic knowledge about HCI or similar disciplines. For more information about prerequisites, contact Graduate Student Services infograd@indiana.edu.

Download the current Ph.D. in Informatics handbook (PDF). We also recommend consulting the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering Bulletin 2018-2019 (use the tabs on the left) and the University Graduate School Bulletin 2017-2018 (use the tabs at the top and the left) for more detailed information about these requirements.


A student must successfully complete ninety (90) credit hours of graduate-level course works. The specific track requirements are listed below.


Informatics Core Requirements (6 cr.)

Seminar Requirements (6 cr.)

Research and Rotation Requirement (6 cr.)

A student must complete two rotations of I790. A third rotation will not count for course credit.

Theory and Methodology Requirement (12 cr.)

These courses must be appropriate for a Ph.D. in Informatics.

Minor (6-15 cr.)

Typical minors include Inquiry methodology, cognitive science, sociology, intelligent and interactive systems, computing, culture, and society.

Electives (12-30 cr.)

A student must have all electives approved by the student's advisor and the Director of Informatics Graduate Studies prior to enrolling in the course.

Thesis Reading and Research (minimum of 21 cr. and a maximum of 30 cr.)