If you're looking to get an education in the field of UX, a masters in UX design can be a great way to get started if you’re new to user experience or want to add valuable skills to your resume.
It used to be true that user experience was a field that you’d learn on the job, not in a classroom. However, more and more excellent Human Factors, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), UX, and Design programs are emerging that can give you the background and experience you need to excel in the field. For some, a less-intensive UX certificate program may provide just enough additional education. However, some professions and disciplines (and students) benefit from graduate-level studies.
While an advanced degree isn't always necessary for a career in UX, it can be a great way to learn applicable skills, improve your resume, and build a network. Here are some of the top UX graduate programs currently offered in the US to check out if you’re ready to take your UX education to the next level.
If you're worried about fitting a graduate-level program into your schedule, we have good news for you. As the field of user experience continues to grow, so have the options for higher education. Whether you plan to continue working during your studies or dedicate a few years to a full-time program, you'll have lots of options. We've grouped the programs into two sections: in-person programs, in which you'll need to attend classes on campus, and online programs, which are accessible from anywhere. Select the link below to see more detailed information about each program.
The Master of Information Management and Systems (MIMS) program is a 48 unit, two-year full-time program, designed to train students in the skills needed to succeed as information professionals. Such professionals must be familiar with the theory and practice of storing, organizing, retrieving and analyzing information in a variety of settings in business, the public sector, and the academic world.
The MIMS program is offered in person, at Berkeley’s campus in Berkeley, California.
The 48-unit program can be completed by full-time students in two years.
Total tuition ranges between $53,866 and $78,356, depending on residency.
This HCI masters program is for any professionals seeking to expand their careers to include skills in human computer interaction, user experience design, and user-centered research.
The program is offered in-person at Carnegie Mellon’s Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania campus.
The 36-unit program can be completed in one year.
Total tuition is $72,000 for full-time students.
The program is for students who desire the practical skills and theoretical understandings needed to excel in the fields of human computer interfacing.
This program is offered on Georgia Tech’s campus in Atlanta, Georgia.
The degree requires 36 credit hours, which can be completed in two years.
Total tuition costs between $31,576 and $69,672, depending on residency.
This program is for individuals interested in specializing in human computer interaction that design technologies for work, education, entertainment, and social interaction.
This program is offered in-person on Michigan’s Ann Arbor campus.
The 48-credit program can be completed in two years on a full-time basis.
Total tuition for full-time students costs between $46,256 and $93,356, depending on residency.
This program is for individuals that wish to apply the principles of human-centered design in their profession to help create products and services that are user-friendly.
The program is offered in-person on Purdue’s West Lafayette, Indiana campus.
Most students can complete the program in two years.
Total tuition costs between $21,128 and $59,312, depending on residency.
This program prepares students for careers in human computer interaction through a curriculum that emphasizes theory, practical applications, and research.
The program is offered in person at San Jose State’s campus in San Jose, California.
The 30-unit program can be completed in two years.
Total tuition costs between $18,460 and $30,340, depending on residency.
This program is for professionals interested in the different aspects of the human computer relationship in the areas of cognitive science, artificial intelligence, and human computer interactions.
The program is offered in-person at Stanford’s Palo Alto, California campus.
The 45-unit full-time program can be completed in two years.
Total tuition is $32,814.
This program is for professionals seeking to accelerate their careers through the study of information systems.
The program is offered in-person at The University of Texas at Austin’s campus in Austin, Texas.
The 40-unit program can be completed in three to four years.
Total tuition costs between $23,160 and $41,876, depending on residency.
This program is designed for professionals seeking to advance their leadership skills while learning more advanced industry-focused methods and best practices.
The program is taught evenings on the University’s Frisco campus.
The program can be completed in 16 months or less.
Total tuition costs between $11,773 and $24,223, depending on residency.
This program is for students who are interested in researching, designing, and engineering technological interactions from a human perspective.
The program is offered in person at the University of Washington’s Seattle campus.
The 48-unit program can be completed in one and a half years.
Total tuition is $39,536.
Bentley’s Human Factors in Information Design (HFID) program is for individuals who want to complement their professional experience with user experience. All applicants must have a minimum of three years of professional experience before joining the program.
All HFID courses are available online for students living outside of Massachusetts.
The 10-course program can be completed in one year for full-time students and two to three years for part-time students.
Total tuition is $42,250.
This human computer interaction masters program is best suited for students with a strong background in information technology who are hoping to advance in their current career or branch out into new disciplines. Online or in person? The program is on-demand and completed online.
The 30-credit program can be completed in two years.
Total tuition is $24,870.
This program is designed for students seeking to master the fundamental principles of interface design, project management, prototyping, and usability as applied to industries from gaming to healthcare and education to defense.
The program consists of nine online modules and one in-person residency.
The 30-credit program can be completed in 15-months for full-time students.
Total tuition is $37,500.
This program is an integrative cross-disciplinary curriculum that’s well-suited for professionals who want to expand their knowledge and expertise across multiple fields.
The program is offered online with live, interactive classes.
The full-time, 38-credit program can be completed in one and a half years.
Total tuition is $70,794
This course is designed for professionals who want to further expand their skills and expertise related to user interface, design, and human computer interaction.
The program is offered on-demand, online.
The 36-credit program can be completed in two years for full-time students.
Total tuition is $28,800.
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