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Graduate Certificate in Human-Centered Informatics — Boston

Northeastern University's Graduate Certificate in Human-Centered Informatics provides students the opportunity to learn the theories of cognitive and social psychology as well as universal principles of design adopted in human-computer interaction.

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We’re committed to creating an education as unique as your career path. So, whether your goal is a new career or moving up in your field, our innovative programs will get you going your way.

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Customize your plan

We work with you to map your path to your goal.

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Learn from experience

From real-world case studies to employer-based projects, we prepare you to manage what comes next.

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Choose your focus

Whatever you’re passionate about, you’ll find the classes to sharpen your specialty.

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Study anywhere, on your time

Part-time or full-time, we move at your speed, to get you where you’re going.

Enrollment

Full-Time, Part-Time

Entry Terms

Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter

Completion Time

6-12 months

F1 Visa Eligible

Yes

Human-Centered Informatics focuses on the design, development, and evaluation of IT systems with a particular emphasis on the relations and interactions between people and IT systems. The emphasis of understanding users' experience when they interact with technology in the information-rich environment and the design of interfaces between users and systems makes it different from the focus of a software engineering program or a visual and artistic design program. 

Students will have an opportunity to develop the technical skills to study user experience in various IT environments (home, business, social media, healthcare, etc.), focusing on user needs, information architecture, and design of user interfaces. Students who graduate with the HCI graduate certificate will be able to propose innovative or improved design solutions to real-world problems.

Get Set with a Custom Course Plan

Required Courses

3.00
4.00
4.00
4.00

Elective

Complete one of the following:

4.00
3.00
3.00

Now Let's Talk Admissions

You know where you are headed and you've seen how our program will lead you there. So let's get going. Here's what you need to know before you enroll.

  • Online application
  • Statement of purpose (500-1000 words): identifying your educational goals and expectations from the program; please be aware that the University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to applicant's statement of purpose
  • Professional resume: Current resume that displays job responsibilities, relevant experience, and education history
  • Official undergraduate degree documentation
  • Proof of English language proficiency: ONLY for students for whom English is not their primary language: English language proficiency guidelines
  • Website Transcript Copy: To submit and complete your application you are able to upload your unofficial transcript directly to your online application. It can be uploaded in PDF format directly to the online application. Please ensure that the scanned documents are readable and include all courses, grades, (i.e. marks, scores, etc.) and credits completed to date. The scanned documents should also include information pertaining to the institution's grading scale. If accepted, you will additionally need to provide your official transcript. In order for a transcript to be "official," it must be in a sealed envelope from the transferring college or university.

Are You an International Student? Find out what additional documents are required to apply.

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Finance Your Education We offer a variety of resources, including scholarships and assistantships.

How to Apply Learn more about the application process and requirements.

Cost and Tuition

Application Deadlines

Our admissions process operates on a rolling basis; however, we do recommend following the application guidelines below to ensure you can begin during your desired start term.

Spring 2021

Recommended Admissions Deadline:
International out-of-country application complete (start date: April 12, 2021) February 8, 2021
International in-country application complete (start date: April 12, 2021) March 8, 2021
Domestic application complete (first half start: April 12, 2021) April 2, 2021
Domestic application complete (second half start: May 24, 2021) May 14, 2021

Summer 2021

Recommended Admissions Deadline:
International out-of-country application complete (start date: July 12, 2021) May 10, 2021
International in-country application complete (start date: July 12, 2021) June 14, 2021
Domestic application complete (first half start: July 12, 2021) June 28, 2021
Domestic application complete (second half start: August 9, 2021) July 26, 2021

Fall 2021

Recommended Admissions Deadline:
International out-of-country application complete (start date: September 20, 2021) July 19, 2021
International in-country application complete (start date: September 20, 2021) August 23, 2021
Domestic application complete (first half start: September 20, 2021) September 7, 2021
Domestic application complete (second half start: November 1, 2021) October 18, 2021

Winter 2022

Recommended Admissions Deadline
International out-of-country application complete (start date: January 10, 2022) November 8, 2021
International in-country application complete (start date: January 10, 2022) December 13, 2021
Domestic application complete (first half start: January 10, 2022) December 20, 2021
Domestic application complete (second half start: February 22, 2022) February 8, 2022

Spring 2022

Recommended Admissions Deadline
International out-of-country application complete (start date: April 11, 2022) February 7, 2022
International in-country application complete (start date: April 11, 2022) March 14, 2022
Domestic application complete (first half start: April 11, 2022) March 28, 2022
Domestic application complete (second half start: May 23, 2022) May 9, 2022

Summer 2022

Recommended Admissions Deadline
International out-of-country application complete (start date: July 11, 2022) May 9, 2022
International in-country application complete (start date: July 11, 2022) June 13, 2022
Domestic application complete (first half start: July 11, 2022) June 27, 2022
Domestic application complete (second half start: August 8, 2022) July 25, 2022