METALS is an intense, interdisciplinary program that condenses a normal two-year graduate program into twelve months. The program is taught jointly by leading experts in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute and the Department of Psychology at Carnegie Mellon. METALS is also part of the recently announced Simon Initiative.
The first and second semesters in the METALS program focus on mastering core knowledge and skills through courses in learning principles, technology design and implementation, and a range of engaging electives. The second semester introduces the student Capstone Project, a substantial industry project with an external client. The Capstone is the focus of the third and final semester.
This program is distinct from the Learning Sciences track in the HCII PhD program and is not designed as a feeder to that program.
Graduates of the METALS program are trained to design, develop, and implement advanced solutions, making sense of state-of-the-art technologies and methods such as:
The curriculum is an outgrowth of the extensive research conducted by the National Science Foundation’s Science of Learning Center,LearnLab, in which more than 200 researchers produced more than 1,900 publications and talks as well as over 350 classroom studies. Our partners have employed our research at several companies including Kaplan, LightSide Labs, Mathify, Acrobatiq, Carnegie Speech and others.
Carnegie Mellon is known by the software and technical industries for its interdisciplinary nature, rigor and deep knowledge in learning science, human-computer interaction, psychology, design and computer science.