Two Philly Colleges Among Best at Bridging Gap Between Humans and Computers

Philly U and Drexel lead the way.

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While technology is made to advance, it’s also made to be accessible. UX Design, an emerging field of computer science and engineering, is closing the gap between humans and computers, allowing new innovations to be comprehensible, constructive and coherent. These platforms include User Interface (UI), Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Human-Centered Computing.

Graduate schools across the country are working hard to improve human-computer interaction — and Philadelphia colleges are no different. Now two schools in Philly have been ranked in the Top 50 Best Value UX Design Graduate Programs of 2016 by Value Colleges.

Philadelphia University (ranked 32nd)

Less known than some of the larger institutions in the area, Philadelphia University has begun making a name for itself in recent years with its innovative cross-disciplinary curriculum, Nexus Learning. Originally a textile school, Philadelphia University is known for top-quality engineering and technical programs, including a Master of Science in User Experience and Interaction Design from the Kanbar College of Design, Engineering, and Commerce. It’s an 18-month to 2-year program focused on UX Design, one that may set new standards for the field, for students who are ready to invest in the future of computing. 

 Drexel University (ranked 48th)

Long ranked as a top-tier university, Drexel University, in Philadelphia, PA, is considered one of the most innovative institutions in the US due to its pioneering cooperative education program, in which students alternate coursework and professional employment. Drexel’s College of Computing and Informatics offers several Master of Science degrees that could work within their interdisciplinary Human-Centered Computing research group. Drexel’s state-of-the-art Advanced Interaction Research Lab is a collaboration between the College of Computing and Informatics and the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science & Health Systems. Graduate students have the opportunity to take part in groundbreaking research, an incalculable value.

Here are the top five:
1. MIT Media Lab
2. Carnegie Mellon University
3. University of California — Irvine
4. Stanford University
5. Purdue University