Software Application Development and Human-Computer Interaction, B.S.
Mercer’s Bachelor of Science in Software Application Development and Human-Computer Interaction (App Development and HCI) degree is designed for those interested in combining knowledge of human behavior with computer science, programming, and design. With employment for software development-related careers projected to grow 24% by 2026, graduates of the program are prepared to enter many different roles in an in-demand industry. Individuals who successfully complete the program can go on to work as professionals in a variety of roles such as application developer, software developer, mobile app developer, web developer, IT analyst, software architect, software development engineer, technical consultant, business analyst, data analyst, quality assurance analyst, human-computer interaction designer, and more.
The B.S. in App Development and HCI program cultivates key skills required for developing, creating, and modifying software applications. Students learn user experience and user interface (UX/UI) theories essential to creating seamless user interfaces and gain tools to analyze user needs effectively. With project-based learning courses, students gain experience developing large, multi-faceted projects, from client interview, to sketch, to proof-of-concept, and client presentation for final review.
The B.S. in App Development and HCI program is offered fully online and on Mercer's Atlanta campus. Students are admitted five times per year in August, October, January, March, and May.
Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to:
- Design and develop platform independent digital applications by applying computerized information systems and user-centered system interface design principles
- Use data-driven and human-centered evaluation processes to assess the efficiency and effectiveness of digital applications
- Articulate practitioner and user responsibilities in employing the principles of application development and human-computer interaction in an ethical manner
The Bachelor of Science in App Development and HCI requires a total of 120 semester hours to complete the degree, including general education studies. Many students transfer in credits, and if you have an associate degree or prior college coursework, you may transfer qualifying credits through our comprehensive credit transfer policy.
Applicants to the B.S. in App Development and HCI program should have a minimum 2.25 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale and must be in good standing with the most recent regionally accredited college or university attended.
Submit all of the following items to complete your application to the program:
- Application for Admission. Begin application now >
- College Transcripts
Applicants must submit one official transcript from every postsecondary institution previously attended, regardless of length of stay or if the grades are listed on another school's transcript. Official electronic transcripts should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are transferring from another institution, you may use the Transfer Equivalency Estimator to measure how your coursework will be credited toward your degree. Mercer will accept 64 credits from a two-year institution and 96 credits from a four-year institution. This tool provides an unofficial report of transferable courses. Upon submission of official college transcripts and acceptance, an official report will be completed by the University Registrar.
- High School or General Educational Development (GED) Transcript
An official high school or GED transcript for applicants who have not attempted or have earned less than 30 hours of college credit.
- Joint Services Transcript
An official Joint Services Transcript is suggested, but not required, for individuals who have military experience.
Submit all application supporting materials to:
Henry County Regional Academic Center
Office of Admissions
P.O. Box 2140
McDonough, GA 30253
Admission decisions cannot be made until all application materials have been received.
Submit your application with all supporting materials by the following deadlines:
Fall Session I (August): July 15
Fall Session II (October): October 1
Spring Session I (January): November 15
Spring Session II (March): March 1
Summer (May): April 15
Instructions for Undergraduate Transient Applicants
To enroll as an undergraduate transient student, applicants need only submit the following as a complete application packet:
- $25 non-refundable application fee
- Letter of authorization completed by the home institution that certifies good standing, grants permission to take Mercer University courses, and specifies which course(s) may be taken.
The Enterprise Learning Partnership program provides affordable opportunities for employees of partner companies to attend an approved degree program of study at Mercer University. This unique program allows Mercer to establish relationships with corporations, government agencies, and organizations that are committed to supporting their employees' educational goals and ongoing professional development. Incentives include tuition benefits, military benefits, waived application fees, convenient credit transfer policy, and a streamlined process to learn more about an employee’s program of interest.
Employees of the following Mercer partners are able to use these benefits when enrolled in the B.S. in App Development and HCI program:
|AT&T||Greystone Power Corporation|
|City of Atlanta Fire Rescue Department||The Kroger Company|
|Robins Air Force Base|
|WellStar Health System|
B.S. App Development and HCI
1-11 Hours - $12.50/hour
12-99 Hours - $150/semester
Miscellaneous Fees (subject to change based on individual course requirements)
Internship/Practica - $100 - $375
Fieldwork - $75 - $155
Transcript Fee - $25
Transcript Fax Fee - $5
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A. Evaluation of Foreign Credentials Applicants who completed all or part of their education abroad are required to have their foreign educational credentials evaluated by an independent evaluation service. A Course-by-Course and Grade Point Average Equivalent Evaluation is required for undergraduate admission. Contact the Office of Admissions for information about evaluation services if your foreign credentials have not been evaluated. If an evaluation has been done, you must submit an official sealed copy with your application.
B. Official Translations Documents submitted in a language other than English must be accompanied by official translations.
C. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) The TOEFL or IELTS is required for international applicants whose primary language is not English. The scores may not be more than two years old. Official score reports must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions by the Educational Testing Service. The Educational Testing Service institution code for submission of official score reports is 5025. Unofficial copies of the score report may be included with the application for initial review and evaluation. This does not replace the requirement of an official score report for those applicants who are offered admission.
Exception: The TOEFL is not required of international applicants who have attended another U.S. institution and completed freshman English Composition I and II with grades of "C" or higher.
D. Financial Guarantee International applicants who wish to obtain an I-20 for F-1 visa must include financial documentation showing ability to finance tuition and living expenses for one year. Financial documents must have a current date and indicate available funds of US $25,000.
E. Visa Status International Applicants Who are Currently in the United States - Documentation of your current visa status must be submitted with the self-managed application. (Copy of I-20 and I-94 if on an F-1 visa; copy of visa stamp and I-94 if on another type of visa; or copy of Resident Alien card [front and back] if classified as a Resident Alien.)