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Master of Science in User Experience Design
Approximate Cost per Credit
$735 out of state
Time to Completion
Tech savvy, empathy and ingenuity are your strengths. Use them to create human-centered, universal designs that make your work stand out.
In Kent State’s online Master of Science in User Experience Design program, you’ll gain essential skills and advanced expertise through in-depth training and practical experience. Increase your proficiency in usability, content strategy, information architecture, user research and soft skills
Kent State’s online Master’s in UXD program is designed for busy working professionals, with the following features:
- 36 credits, with 12 three-credit courses
- Courses are seven weeks in length, with two courses taken sequentially each semester
- Multiple sections of each course are offered to keep class sizes small and maximize collaboration
- Program consists of seven core required courses (21 credit hours), four electives (12 credit hours) and a culminating requirement (3 credit hours)
- Professional portfolio course helps you develop a digital body of work to help you find employment in a UXD role—see examples from program alumni
Once you are admitted to the program, your Admissions Advisor will craft your personalized degree plan, giving you a clear course sequence and path to graduation.
Master of Science in User Experience Design
In Kent State University’s online Master of Science in User Experience Design program, you’ll learn the process, methodology and reasoning behind UX tools and techniques—and you’ll graduate with a degree and portfolio that prove it.
Students in the online MS in UX Design program will master the knowledge and craft that empower them to get to the heart of problems and build creative solutions.
Between the required courses and the electives that comprise the degree, you’ll graduate with new expertise in many of these areas, among others:
- Methods of design evaluation, design research and creative problem-solving
- Current research on human behavior as it applies to user experience design
- Concepts and practices of information architecture
- Interaction design principles and concepts
- Processes and methods of usability testing
- Principles of accessibility and universal design, and how they guide and influence the design of digital experiences
- Functional philosophical, logical and linguistic fundamentals of knowledge organization systems
- History and practices of content strategy
- Qualitative and quantitative research methods appropriate for conducting advanced studies of human interaction with computers
- Business terms and principles for UXD leadership
Career Outcomes with a Master of Science in User Experience Design
The Master of Science in User Experience Design degree empowers students with in-depth practical knowledge, real-world experience and the opportunity to create professional portfolios before entering the job market. As a result, our graduates are prepared to thrive in diverse careers, including:
- User experience designer
- User researcher
- User interface designer
- Information architect
- UX/UI manager
Learn more about potential careers in user experience design.
- 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
- No GRE required for admission
*Students who do not meet GPA requirements may be conditionally admitted.Please contact an Admissions Advisor at email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call us toll-free at +1 844-234-4073.
Each applicant is required to create an account in the online application system, which allows people to save their applications and track the progress of materials submitted via the application system.
I am a U.S. citizen. Where should I send my application materials?
Division of Graduate Studies
Kent State University
650 Hilltop Drive
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 email@example.com.
I am not a U.S. citizen. Where should I send my application materials?
Office of Global Education
Kent State University
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625 Loop Rd.
Kent, OH 44242
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Core Courses (7 Courses, 21 Credit Hours)
UXD 60001 USER EXPERIENCE DESIGN PRINCIPLES AND CONCEPTS (3 CREDITS)
UXD 60002 USER EXPERIENCE DESIGN IN PRACTICE (3 CREDITS)
UXD 60101 INFORMATION ARCHITECTURE I (3 CREDITS)
UXD 60102 PRINCIPLES OF INTERACTION (3 CREDITS)
UXD 60103 RESEARCHING THE USER EXPERIENCE I (3 CREDITS)
UXD 60104 USABILITY I (3 CREDITS)
UXD 60118 ACCESSIBILITY EVALUATION AND UNIVERSAL DESIGN
In the first module, students learn about the different types of disabilities (i.e., visual, auditory, physical/motor, cognitive, temporary and environmental), and how they affect a person's interaction with technologies. Students also become familiar with assistive technologies, how people with disabilities make use of them, and what limitations they impose. The assignment for this module will be to write an accessibility and universal design justification brief for an organization. In the brief, learners will describe what accessibility and universal design are, and why the organization should begin to address it.
The second module will introduce learners to key accessibility guidelines and standards for web, mobile and hardware experiences, as well as the principles of universal design. Learners will become familiar with the guidelines and standards for designing accessible experiences for a variety of task types, including form completion, content creation and consumption, and other common web-based tasks. For the assignment learners will apply the knowledge they've gained by creating a plan for conducting an accessibility evaluation on several areas of an organization's web site.
During the third module, students will learn to perform an accessibility evaluation, and then document their findings in a manner intended to persuade an organization to address the accessibility issues they identified.
In the fourth module, learners will put principles into practice by designing an interaction following the principles of universal design.
The fifth module provides learners with the opportunity to create a comprehensive plan for incorporating accessibility into an organization's product/service design, development, quality assurance and deployment life cycle.
Electives (Choose 12 credits from the following)
HI 60414 HUMAN FACTORS AND USABILITY IN HEALTH INFORMATICS (3 CREDITS)
LIS 60636 KNOWLEDGE ORGANIZATION STRUCTURES, SYSTEMS AND SERVICES (3 CREDITS)
UXD 60111 INFORMATION ARCHITECTURE II (3 CREDITS)
UXD 60112 INTERACTION IN PRACTICE
Prerequisite: UXD 60001 and UXD 60002; and graduate standing.
Pre/corequisite: UXD 60102
UXD 60113 RESEARCHING USER EXPERIENCE II (3 CREDITS)
UXD 60114 USABILITY II (3 CREDITS)
UXD 60117 UXD LEADERSHIP
UXD 60691 SEMINAR IN USER EXPERIENCE DESIGN (1-3 CREDITS; REPEATABLE FOR CREDIT)
UXD 60792 ELECTIVE INTERNSHIP IN USER EXPERIENCE DESIGN (2-3 CREDITS)
UXD 61095 SPECIAL TOPICS IN USER EXPERIENCE DESIGN
Culminating Requirement (Choose 3 credits from the following)
UXD 66080 PROFESSIONAL PORTFOLIO DESIGN AND ASSESSMENT (3 CREDITS)
UXD 66092 MASTER'S INTERNSHIP IN USER EXPERIENCE DESIGN (3 CREDITS)
UXD 66098 MASTERS PROJECT IN USER EXPERIENCE DESIGN (3 CREDITS)
UXD 66198 MASTER'S RESEARCH PAPER IN USER EXPERIENCE DESIGN (3 CREDITS)
UXD 66199 THESIS I (2-6 CREDITS)
Develop Your Portfolio
Every UX designer needs a robust digital portfolio. As part of the Professional Portfolio Design and Assessment course, one of your options for the culminating requirement of this program, you’ll develop a portfolio highlighting projects from your coursework. To help you improve your design and presentation, you’ll present this body of work for critique by your faculty and peers.
Want examples? Check out the following projects and portfolios from our program alumni.
Monica Mielke, MS '20
Monica's portfolio takes you through an app redesign for the not-for-profit organization Animal Watch. Her work reduces the number of redirects from the application itself, and she shows her step-by-step process to improve various other aspects of the application.
Ken Jackson, MS ‘17 | UX Designer and Product Manager
Ken’s portfolio walks you through the proposal, wireframes, personas, sitemap and prototypes he created for a Lunch Buddy App, which allows parents to manage various aspects of their children’s in-school cafeteria lunch accounts.
Courses are delivered through our course management system, Blackboard Learn. Course content consists of text, narrated PowerPoint presentations, video and audio, live chats, discussion groups and other learning enhancements.
To participate in this online program, you will need a computer and broadband Internet connection. Your program may have further requirements that include the ability to record video and audio. If you have questions regarding technology requirements for the program, please contact your Admissions Advisor at email@example.com or call us toll-free at +1 844-234-4073.
Tuition and Financial Aid
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An additional distance learning fee for all students enrolled in a distance learning course is $12 per credit hour. Program tuition and costs are estimated and subject to change. For comprehensive tuition information, please refer to the tuition rates posted on the Bursar’s website.
We recognize that pursuing a graduate degree is a significant investment. Your Admissions Advisor can answer your questions on program costs, discuss how a Kent State degree compares to others and connect you with financial aid representatives when you are ready to discuss your financial options.