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HCI Grad Schools : Are They Worth It?

September 10th, 2004 by Kevin Cheng :: 19 Comments

As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, I completed the final requirement of my Masters in HCI and Ergonomics at University College London’s Interaction Centre (UCLIC). Generally, I chose not to mention the program much because the bulk of my experience that fed my articles came from my past experience as a consultant. However, it seems appropriate now, with some starting their programs and others finishing, to look back and evaluate the past year’s education.

I’ll discuss my views in two parts. In this article, I’ll look at my view of what the benefits and problems of HCI grad school are based on my experiences both in UCLIC as well as interacting with educators and students from other programs. Later in the week, I’ll give a more in depth review of the UCLIC program itself.

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