Human Centered Computing


Degrees Offered


The PhD program in human-centered computing is housed in the Human-Centered Computing division of the College of Engineering & Science’s School of Computing.  Human-Centered Computing (HCC) is focused on understanding how to design, build and evaluate computational technologies as they relate to the human condition and how these technologies affect society. Ph.D. students will pursue interdisciplinary research in human-computer interaction, educational software, virtual environments, or development of systems that amplify human cognition, perception, and communication.

Areas of exceptional research strength in the HCC division include virtual humans, virtual reality, 3D user interface design, biometrics, accessibility, information technology policy and data mining.

This program will consider applicants for conditional letters of admission (CLA’s) pending successful completion of ELS Language Center’s level 112 English as a Second Language (ESL) program. More information can be found on the ELS Conditional Admission page or by visiting the ELS Language Center website.


More information can be found in this graduate handbook.


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Program of Study

The requirements for the Ph.D. include:

  • a minimum of 12 hours of coursework beyond the Masters
  • a portfolio (our combined version of the Ph.D. qualifying and comprehensive exams)
  • competency in the four HCC concentrations (Computing, People, Research Methods and a Cognate/Specialty Area) (typically demonstrated by coursework and letters of recommendation)
  • ability to pursue research (typically demonstrated by a research paper that may be co-authored with your advisor)
  • a dissertation proposal on a specific topic
  • a dissertation
  • a dissertation defense


For information about the program's current research areas, visit the Human Centered Computing Division at the School of Computing's website


Application Information

To apply to the School of Computing at Clemson, please visit the graduate school application page at  All application materials should be sent to graduate admissions.

We accept new graduate students in both fall and spring semesters.  For consideration for admission and financial support, students should have all application materials sent in by the following dates:

Fall Semester Date
     to be considered for a Ph.D. fellowship    January 1
     to have full consideration for an assistantship    February 1
     to be considered for admission (international)    April 15
     to be considered for admission (domestic & 
     international already in the U.S.)
   May 15
Spring Semester Date
     to have full consideration for an assistantship        September 15
     to be considered for admission (international)    September 15
     to be considered for admission (domestic & 
     international already in the U.S.)
   October 15

(Dates for international admissions are earlier to allow for time required to obtain necessary visas, etc.)

Required Documents


The School or Program offers a number of graduate assistantships to students each year based on merit. These are offered in the form of stipends and the additional benefit of tuition remission. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester to qualify for a graduate assistantship and must work a minimum of 10 hours a week as a teaching or research assistant or perform other tasks assigned by the School or Program.


Program Contact(s)

Program Coordinator(s)

  • Larry Hodges
  • Office: 104 McAdams Hall
  • Phone: (864) 656-7552
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