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Master of Science in Human-Centered Design

In our early 21st century society, human-centered designers contribute the evolution of human-systems integration in the design of life-critical environments and systems. Technology, organizations and people jobs need to be designed by the participation of several disciplines, where creativity, as synthesis and integration, becomes the central asset to be learned. Life-critical systems include energy, medical, aerospace, education and telecommunication systems. A master's in human-centered design (HCD) from Florida Tech gives graduates the educational foundation and hands-on research experience needed to enter a career in human-centered design.

Specializations

The opportunities for human-centered design careers are very diverse and because there are so many relevant study topics, many individuals select a particular interest and specialize in it. This could include specializing in a particular area such as, cognitive engineering, advanced interaction media, modeling and simulation, organization design and management, a specific life-critical domain, or complexity analysis. Human-centered design is an emerging field that offers opportunity in design and engineering research and interactive complex product development such as cockpit design that enables pilots or astronauts control and manage risk-taking missions.

Studying for a master's in human-centered design at Florida Tech is a multidisciplinary experience that includes other scientific disciplines, from human-computer interaction and artificial intelligence to architecture, ethnographical design and crisis management. In addition to specializing in HCD, the Human-Centered Design Institute (HCDi) also offers courses on creativity and design thinking, function analysis, industrial design and user experience.

World Class Faculty – Intimate Learning Environment

Guided by a world-class faculty with extensive experience in the field, students earning a master's in human-centered design experience an intimate learning environment where class sizes are small and research is hands-on using our well-equipped design platforms.

Gain Practical Experience

As a leading research university, the curriculum, laboratory and field research for students earning a master's in human-centered design is robust, encouraging students to think outside the box and formulate new ideas that contribute to the field. Florida Tech is near some of the most diverse HCD, including the commercial aircraft and adaptable spaceship cockpit simulators, and advanced interaction media laboratory, providing students with up-to-date equipment to conduct cutting-edge research.

High Tech Research Facilities

Students earning a master's in human-centered design have state-of-the-art facilities on campus at the HCDi labs. These laboratories and instrumentation facilities provide outstanding capabilities for studies of control, complex systems design and management, knowledge management including big data management, visualization including 3D printing capabilities, tangible interactive objects design and development. Our international multidisciplinary network offer access to industry and government institutions where most graduates might continue their life endeavors.

Careers

A specialized program, such as Florida Tech's master's in human-centered design, offers graduates a variety of career path options. Many graduates develop careers as human-centered designers in public and private sector research, engineering or design companies, while other graduates choose an academic setting.

Earn a Doctoral Degree

After receiving a master's in human-centered design, many students enter a doctoral program at Florida Tech. Along with a chance to conduct additional research, a doctoral degree typically increases an individual's earning potential and increases recognition for the graduate as a subject-matter expert. Some tuition scholarships are available.