User Experience Design (UXD)
Design Future Experiences
The User Experience Design Concentration (UXD) trains students in the essential skills needed to design and develop engaging, easily learned, accessible and usable interfaces and interactions, from web sites and mobile apps to new products that blend the web with physical forms. User Experience and Interaction Design have become rooted in many industries, from cars to travel, as new services and products are developed to respond to technical and social innovation. Students learn up-to-date methods and practices involved in gathering user information, creative designing, interface prototyping and evaluating a wide range of interactive media.
The program will provide students with a basic understanding of design methods and principles (drawing from human computer interaction, interaction design); the psychology, communication and sociological theories that guides design; plus training in implementing designs (using visual design and programming).
Find Your Design Identity
Portfolio preparation is a key element of the program as are current interface design techniques such as generating personas, working in agile environments, information architecture, card sorting, online usability testing, eyetracking and workflow analysis. Students will leave the program with a body of work that is often required to become a user experience designer. View samples of our students’ work.
“Cause Hero” - Mobile app designed for the United Nations in “Intro to UXD”. From sketch to prototype in one week. Designed by students: Pooja Gurudatt, Suleiman Ali Shakir, Pavan Purohit, Arya Mohandas
Flexible Core Curriculum
Whether you want to be in the program for part-time or full-time, our flexible core works for either student type. Just like any successful project accounts for multiple persona, our program works to suit your needs.
New: At its fastest pace, the UXD Concentration can be completed in 2 years. This was made possible by a new UXD - X initiative, wherein we vet new courses to substitute our existing core, until they eventually become a permanent integration. This allows our program to remain adaptive to both student and market needs.
Acquire *Real* Professional Experience
This course is also geared towards professionals who have experience in their respective fields but are interested in enhancing their scientific and business knowledge. Many courses in these concentrations are either online or exec-style (concentrated curriculum). Please contact our office for more information.
Students must demonstrate prior experience in Information Technology and proficiency in using computers. Students must have had the equivalent of an introduction to information technology course as an undergraduate, with a minimum of 3.0 GPA. Without this background, students are required to take the following prerequisite courses: 17:610:550 Introduction to Information Technology, or the equivalent. Students with graphic design, visual arts, English, and communications are welcome to apply. The General GRE is required for admission.
For the Master of Business & Science (MBS) degree, students take 24 credits in the sciences and 19 credits in business.
I. Business Courses
A total of 19 credits are required in the business curriculum. Descriptions of the required Business Courses can be found here:
and 2 business electives - 6 credits (e.g., project management, supply chain, Intellectual property, etc.)
II. Science Courses
A total of 24 credits are required in the science curriculum. Five courses are required, all of which are for 3 credits each.
24 credits: 5 Core Courses (15 credits), plus 3 electives (9 credits):
Core UXD Requirements -- 6 credits:
Req1: Introduction to User Experience Design (16:137:531) (16:137:531) (3) (Fall/Spring)
Req2: Visual Design for User Experience Design (16:137:533) (16:137:533) (3) (Winter) *
Take any 2 of the following 3 courses -- 6 credits:
Contextual Inquiry (16:137:532) (3) (Biennial -Spring) [ prerequisite - 16:137:531 ]
Usability Evaluation (16:137:535) (3) (Biennial -Spring) [ prerequisite - 16:137:531 ]
Information Architecture for UXD (16:137:602) (3) (Summer)
Then take -- 3 credits:
Req3: UXD Practicum (16:137:603/536) (3) (Summer)
* Visual Design (16:137:533) class can be waived if you have taken any graphics design class in previous education. In this case you can substitute this course with any other UXD related course.
3 Elective Courses -- 9 credits:
Suggested electives include courses in web development & programming, mobile app development, digital marketing, customer experience design, and general information technology. Click here for a suggested list of UXD Electives
Dr. Deborah Silver
The MBS (Master of Business & Science) is a Professional Science Master's Degree combining graduate science courses (MS level) in a particular concentration with courses in business.