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User Experience

Master of Science

Online

Course Delivery

30

Total Credits

$25,252

Tuition

2 Years

Minimum Duration


Program Overview

The Department of Information and Media offers a fully online, asynchronous masters-level program in User Experience (UX) to accelerate career prospects of early and mid-career professionals for leadership roles. UX focuses on humans interacting with technologies, as well as business goals, during the design process to create user-centered and socially responsive interactive technologies, applications, and information systems. The program enables students to earn a masters from one of the world’s leading programs without the expense and overall challenges associated with leaving their home or job. The 30-credit program emphasizes a “user-first” perspective, meaning it integrates knowledge of human-computer interaction with industry-relevant methods and social responsibility to prepare students for real-world experiences in the workplace, including technical and/or management careers in user-first experience design and human-centered research.

Program Outcomes

This premier online graduate user experience program combines user-first theoretical and practical knowledge of experience design that will help students build their skills and expertise to become champions of change, drivers of innovation, and creators of sustainable user experiences and engagements. With a Master of Science in User Experience from MSU, graduates will be prepared to:

  • Become a UX leader, driving the technology behind product design and marketing
  • Qualify for UX job roles such as designer, researcher, or project manager
  • Design more usable and accessible websites, software, and products for diverse audiences
  • Collect, analyze, and interpret user experience data to inform decision making
  • Advance dynamic IT developments in the 21st century global workplace

Career Outlook

The User Experience program will position students for rewarding, well-paying careers in human-computer interaction, user experience design, and human-centered research. Graduates will have job titles that reflect the major UX areas:

  • UX Design: UX designer, experience designer, interaction designer, or information architect
  • UX Strategist: UX strategist, UX architect, UX product manager, or UX analyst
  • Visual Design: Visual information designer, user interface (UI) designer, UI artist, or digital designer
  • Research and Usability: UX researcher or usability researcher/specialist/analyst
  • Content: Content strategist or UX copywriter

A Top-Ranked Education

  • 31st among Best Public Universities in America — U.S. News & World Report, 2022
  • A Top 100 Global University — Times Higher Education and U.S. News & World Report

 

Sarah_Swierenga_headshot

Dr. Sarah Swierenga

Director and Professor of Practice in UX

Dr. Swierenga directs the online Master of Science in User Experience program and is a user experience and human-centered design leader with the research and management expertise to help transform organizational culture by empowering teams to enhance the usability and accessibility of their digital strategies, technologies, and processes. As Program Director, she is responsible for program administration, program promotion, and curriculum for graduate courses in user experience. As Professor of Practice, Dr. Swierenga provides scientific and research oversight, particularly expertise in user-centered design and evaluation, to enhance human-technology interfaces for usability, accessibility, and user satisfaction. 

Course Information

UX 800 - User Research and Design, 3 credits

UX 802 - Current Topics in UX, 3 credits

UX 805 - Quantitative Analysis and Insights in UX, 3 credits

UX 810 - Social Science for Design, 3 credits

UX 815 - Programming Fundamentals for UX, 3 credits

UX 820 - Usability Evaluation, 3 credits

UX 825 - Visual Design Fundamentals, 3 credits

UX 830 - Design for Interactivity, 3 credits

UX 835 - Accessibility and Design, 3 credits

UX 840 - UX and Society, 3 credits

UX 898 - User Experience Capstone/Practicum, 3 credits

 

 

Admissions Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  • A bachelor's degreefrom a recognized, accredited educational institution (Minimum of 3.0 undergraduate GPA). No GRE required.
  • Previous work experience preferred (Résumé/CV, portfolio is optional)
  • TOEFL/IELTS scores if English is not your native language
  • A written personal statement detailing your professional interests and goals
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Official transcripts from all previous schools

To apply to this program:

  • Complete a departmental and university graduate application 
  • Submit all official transcripts

Key Dates

Fall Semester

Application Deadline

May 1st


Spring Semester

Application Deadline

December 10th

 

Tuition & Fees

 

In-State Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
$25,252
$49,620

 

The university reserves the right to make changes in the types, structures, rates for fees, and tuition. Every effort will be made to give as much advance notice as possible.

Program Overview

The Department of Information and Media offers a fully online, asynchronous masters-level program in User Experience (UX) to accelerate career prospects of early and mid-career professionals for leadership roles. UX focuses on humans interacting with technologies, as well as business goals, during the design process to create user-centered and socially responsive interactive technologies, applications, and information systems. The program enables students to earn a masters from one of the world’s leading programs without the expense and overall challenges associated with leaving their home or job. The 30-credit program emphasizes a “user-first” perspective, meaning it integrates knowledge of human-computer interaction with industry-relevant methods and social responsibility to prepare students for real-world experiences in the workplace, including technical and/or management careers in user-first experience design and human-centered research.

Program Outcomes

This premier online graduate user experience program combines user-first theoretical and practical knowledge of experience design that will help students build their skills and expertise to become champions of change, drivers of innovation, and creators of sustainable user experiences and engagements. With a Master of Science in User Experience from MSU, graduates will be prepared to:

  • Become a UX leader, driving the technology behind product design and marketing
  • Qualify for UX job roles such as designer, researcher, or project manager
  • Design more usable and accessible websites, software, and products for diverse audiences
  • Collect, analyze, and interpret user experience data to inform decision making
  • Advance dynamic IT developments in the 21st century global workplace

Career Outlook

The User Experience program will position students for rewarding, well-paying careers in human-computer interaction, user experience design, and human-centered research. Graduates will have job titles that reflect the major UX areas:

  • UX Design: UX designer, experience designer, interaction designer, or information architect
  • UX Strategist: UX strategist, UX architect, UX product manager, or UX analyst
  • Visual Design: Visual information designer, user interface (UI) designer, UI artist, or digital designer
  • Research and Usability: UX researcher or usability researcher/specialist/analyst
  • Content: Content strategist or UX copywriter

A Top-Ranked Education

  • 31st among Best Public Universities in America — U.S. News & World Report, 2022
  • A Top 100 Global University — Times Higher Education and U.S. News & World Report

 

Sarah_Swierenga_headshot

Dr. Sarah Swierenga

Director and Professor of Practice in UX

Dr. Swierenga directs the online Master of Science in User Experience program and is a user experience and human-centered design leader with the research and management expertise to help transform organizational culture by empowering teams to enhance the usability and accessibility of their digital strategies, technologies, and processes. As Program Director, she is responsible for program administration, program promotion, and curriculum for graduate courses in user experience. As Professor of Practice, Dr. Swierenga provides scientific and research oversight, particularly expertise in user-centered design and evaluation, to enhance human-technology interfaces for usability, accessibility, and user satisfaction. 

Course Information

UX 800 - User Research and Design, 3 credits

UX 802 - Current Topics in UX, 3 credits

UX 805 - Quantitative Analysis and Insights in UX, 3 credits

UX 810 - Social Science for Design, 3 credits

UX 815 - Programming Fundamentals for UX, 3 credits

UX 820 - Usability Evaluation, 3 credits

UX 825 - Visual Design Fundamentals, 3 credits

UX 830 - Design for Interactivity, 3 credits

UX 835 - Accessibility and Design, 3 credits

UX 840 - UX and Society, 3 credits

UX 898 - User Experience Capstone/Practicum, 3 credits

 

 

Admissions Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  • A bachelor's degreefrom a recognized, accredited educational institution (Minimum of 3.0 undergraduate GPA). No GRE required.
  • Previous work experience preferred (Résumé/CV, portfolio is optional)
  • TOEFL/IELTS scores if English is not your native language
  • A written personal statement detailing your professional interests and goals
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Official transcripts from all previous schools

To apply to this program:

  • Complete a departmental and university graduate application 
  • Submit all official transcripts

Key Dates

Fall Semester

Application Deadline

May 1st


Spring Semester

Application Deadline

December 10th

 

Tuition & Fees

 

In-State Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
$25,252
$49,620

 

The university reserves the right to make changes in the types, structures, rates for fees, and tuition. Every effort will be made to give as much advance notice as possible.

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MSU has been offering online degree programs for over 20 years. Our maturity is evident in the high quality of the learning experience enjoyed by our online students.

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MSU actively collaborates with campus and external partners to innovate across all dimensions of graduate education. We create and support networks that increase collaboration and improve educational opportunities for our online students.

MSU’s nationally recognized online programs foster student growth and well-being throughout their academic career. We will expand inclusive mentoring practices and accelerate improvement across units to implement evidence-based practices to ensure our students complete successfully.

Continuing education can be one of the most exciting, challenging, and rewarding experiences you undertake in your life. We hope you consider becoming a Spartan, to learn online and reach your career goals. With highly ranked online programs and exceptional professors, we educate students who advance the common good with uncommon will.