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Design Your Ideal Career

The Kent State University User Experience Design Program

Refresh your career with a degree that deepens your skills and raises your earning potential. One of the best online UX master’s programs in the country, the Kent State UX master’s (MS) can help you create a satisfying, well-paid career in UX design, research, information architecture and related roles.1

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Compose Your Career in UX Design. Our top-ranked program can help you advance in this fast-growing field that offers both good salaries and job satisfaction. Designed by and for professionals, the 100% online graduate degree from Kent State University can help you craft your ideal career.

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  • Career Opportunities
  • Customizing Your Degree
  • The Student Experience
  • Admission Requirements
  • Tuition and Financial Aid

Art+Science=Career Success

User experience is central to business success. Satisfying experiences drive sales and customer retention. Creating those experiences is both an art and a science, and top UX master’s programs provide a grounding in the science that supports the art. The Kent State UX master’s equips you with the foundational knowledge of information architecture, user research, content strategy, usability and accessibility to support your work and your career success.

Student Success Stories

Kent State UXD alumni work across sectors in companies ranging from startups to multinational corporations at the top of the Fortune 100 list.

Our alumni have job titles, including senior user experience research leader, senior experience designer, UX designer, and senior manager-product design.

Enroll in our convenient 100% online program to build your professional portfolio as you develop your knowledge of core user experience skills. Then join our alumni network in creating great user experiences at industry-leading organizations.

The Kent State UX Master’s Advantage

Our students leave the program uniquely qualified to understand and advocate for high-quality user experiences. The unique perspective and expertise you will develop through the disciplines integrated into the degree will make your workplace contributions stand out.

You can find Kent State UX master’s alumni at leading companies such as:

    • Amazon
    • JP Morgan Chase
    • Kroger
    • Optum
    • Red Ventures
    • Compass.com
    • Coursera
    • Sony

    Learn the Why and the How

    While boot camps and certificates provide a general overview of miscellaneous UX skills, the curriculum in the affordable online Kent State UX master’s program helps you understand why a design is effective, not just how to create it.

    Our program offers a unique blend of concepts and skills that complement and reinforce your practical experiences. New theoretical and presentation skills, developed as you present your working portfolio to faculty and peers, will position you as a UXD expert and leader.

    Be an Expert in UXD

    The skills and credibility that come with your Kent State University user experience design master’s degree can translate into a significant financial benefit.

    20% more
    Professionals with master’s degrees enjoy greater job security and earn about 20% more than those with only bachelor’s degrees.
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    Having my master’s gave me a level of instant credibility with hiring managers. The program was challenging and required a lot of time, but it has already paid off immensely.
    Justin M., MS ‘16
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    Why Get an Online Degree?

    Online education offers many advantages, including:

    • Location–no need to move or commute to attend the program
    • Time–study on your schedule, around your other commitments
    • Cost–save money on commuting and time away from work
    • Learning support–our program is specifically designed to support you
    • Collaboration and networking–get to know working professionals from a variety of backgrounds as you work on assignments

    Online degree programs offer so many benefits over on-campus programs that universities worldwide are rushing to implement them. Kent State University is a groundbreaker in online education, having launched our first course nearly 20 years ago. Our experience shows in the quality of our program, ranked one of the country's top UX master’s programs.1

    Our Quality Is Widely Recognized

    The Kent State UX master’s program is accredited by NASAD, the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, because of its academic rigor and faculty expertise. We’re also proud to have the Military Friendly® gold designation, recognizing the top-level service we offer to members of the extended military community–and all our students.

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    Military Friendly School ‘22-23 Gold
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    When I graduated, I walked out of Kent State with real-world experience, ready to hit the ground running from the day I got my degree.
    Alesha A., MS ‘16

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    Admissions Requirements

    • Completed online application
    • Complete bachelor’s degree, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale), from an accredited university*
    • Three letters of recommendation from professors and/or employers
    • Application fee: $45
    • Official transcripts
    • Goal statement
    • Resume/CV
    • No GRE required for admission

    *Students who do not meet GPA requirements may be conditionally admitted. Please contact an Admissions Advisor at onlinedegrees@kent.edu or call us toll-free at +1 844-234-4073 for more information.

    The application process is simple and we’re here to guide you through it.

    Our Admissions Advisors are available to answer your questions regarding admissions requirements for the program. If you have questions, please email us at onlinedegrees@kent.edu or call us toll-free at +1 844-234-4073.

    Important Dates

    Nov
    12
    Priority Application Deadline
    Spring 2023 Semester
    Jan
    4
    Application Deadline
    Spring 2023 Semester
    Jan
    17
    First Day of Class
    Spring 2023 Semester

    Application Resources

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    Our step-by-step application checklist will help ensure the success of your application submission.

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    Create an account in the online application system to save your work and track the progress of materials submitted via the application system.

    I am a U.S. citizen. Where should I send my application materials?

    If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident, all required application materials should be sent to the Division of Graduate Studies at gradapps@kent.edu or by mail to:

    Graduate Admissions
    P.O. Box 5190
    Kent, OH 44242

    Please be sure to include your full name and Kent State ID (9-digit number starting with 8) on all submitted documents. For questions, contact Graduate Admissions at +1 330-672-2661 or gradapps@kent.edu.

    I am not a U.S. citizen. Where should I send my application materials?

    If you are not a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident, all required documents should be submitted to the Office of Global Education at intladm@kent.edu or by mail to:

    Office of Global Education
    Kent State University
    106 Van Campen Hall
    625 Loop Rd.
    Kent, OH 44242
    USA

    For questions, contact International Admissions at +1 330-672-7970 or intladm@kent.edu.
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    2. Retrieved on June 22, 2022, from bls.gov/careeroutlook/2021/data-on-display/education-pays.htm