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Graduate School In CS Vs IT Vs Informatics

Georgia Tech

Degree: MS in Human-Computer Interaction

Deadline: February 1, 2007.

Notes: Georgia Tech seems to be one of the more, if not the most progressive schools in the nation when it comes to computer science. Their MS program in HCI has a bunch of interesting courses like Design of Online Communities and Collaborative Computing. In addition to the MS in HCI, the MS in CS also allows students to specialize in a field. The fields include intelligent systems, networking and communications, and HCI.

Virginia Tech

Degree: MS in Computer Science

Deadline: January 15, 2007.

Notes: Virginia Tech is one of the few schools that I found that has an HCI group. Virginia Tech is fairly well ranked in terms of Engineering schools. Another plus is that they seem to offer good funding to their MS thesis students.

UC Irvine

Degree: MS in Interactive and Collaborative Technology

Deadline: January 15, 2007.

Notes: UC Irvine is one of the schools I wrote about earlier with a specialized degree program. In this case, the field is referred to as “Informatics.” They have their own ICT group which is a huge plus in terms of research capability. “Interactive and Collaborative Technology” is exactly what I’d like to do research in, and I’m hopeful that I’ll be accepted into the program. Apparently, their MS students have a chance to get financial assistance through teaching assistantships and whatnot, so I’ll apply for the MS.

Lehigh University

Degree: MS in Computer Science

Deadline: January 15, 2007.

Notes: I had never heard of Lehigh University until I saw the name on multiple top engineering school lists. After doing some research, it seems like Lehigh is a good fit for me, since it includes a Web Understanding, Modeling, and Evaluation Lab. It appears that Lehigh is preparing to branch its Computer Engineering program into an Intelligent Information Systems Engineering and Software Systems Engineering as well, so it might be a good time for me to apply to their program.

UC Berkeley

Degree: MS in Information Sciences

Deadline: January 5, 2007.

Notes: The iSchool at Berkeley is relatively new: the school was created in 1994. The school is also very small. Only 40 of 200 master’s students are accepted each year. I have a feeling that the projects that I’ve done might make me interesting to the school, though.

I’ll try using the iSchool as my “long shot” school and just apply to see if I can make it. The courses all seem very cool, with names like “XML Foundations” and “The Quality of Information.” I would really love to get into this school, as it seems like they’re on the forefront of this field.


Degree: PhD in Information Science

Deadline: January 1, 2007

Notes: Cornell has a program similar to a few of the schools that I’m already planning on applying to. Right now, they only have a PhD program in Information Science, so I’d have to go that route.

I’m not really too opposed to applying as a PhD student; I’m just not completely sure about studying for another 4-5 years as opposed to 2 years. The program at Cornell seems fairly multidisciplinary, with courses in communication, cognition, and social aspects of information. It seems like a nice program, if I can get into it.

University of Michigan

Degree: Master of Science in Information

Deadline: February 5th, 2007.

Notes: The University of Michigan offers a Masters degree in Information. The program offers courses like “Design of Complex Web Sites” and “Computer-Supported Cooperative Work.”

One interesting thing I found was that the website had links to school blogs. There were a few from students, as well as an Admissions Blog. The admissions blog seems to have been set up specifically to help prospective students through the process. Very cool.

Carnegie Mellon

Degree: Master’s in HCI

Deadline: January 31st, 2007

Notes: Carnegie Mellon is one of the more highly ranked and prestigious schools out there. Their HCI program is different from many others because it only takes a year to finish. The program runs from Fall of a given year to the Summer of the next. The website states that the program does not financially support its students, but occasionally a teaching assistantship will come up for students with a CS background.

It looks like there would really be no time to do research while taking so many courses in one semester, on top of doing a teaching assistantship! There is a part time option, so I could probably apply with that in mind.

Iowa State University

Degree: Master’s in Human Computer Interaction

Deadline: January 1st, 2007

Notes: Apparently, the HCI program at Iowa State is very highly ranked. I took a look at their website. It looks like they have some interesting courses. For example, “Interaction Methods for Emerging Technologies” and “Organizational and Social Implications of Human Computer Interaction.” Also noteworthy is that that “All students accepted into the HCI program will receive a half-time graduate assistantship.” I’m not really sure what that means. I guess that all students can go part time fully paid. I’ll have to email and ask though.

Also, it seems that they have a pre-application before the actual application. Luckily, the pre application is free, so I’ll probably be taking advantage of that fact.

University of Maryland

Degree: Master’s in Computer Science, HCI Group
Deadline: December 15th, 2006

Notes: Maryland has a Human Computer Interaction research group, but no actual department. Therefore, I’d have to apply to CS and then do research within the HCI group. Their group certainly looks like a lively bunch of people. Unfortunately, the deadline is in… 5 days. So I don’t think I’ll be applying due to time constraints.


Degree: MS in Computer Science, HCI Group
Deadline: December 12th, 2006

Notes: Stanford has a pretty rockin’ HCI group too, it seems. Unfortunately, it’s Stanford, and I’m not a perfect robot.


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