Online Master of Science in User Experience

The master’s in user experience online program is a collaboration between three programs: human systems engineering (product development), graphic information technology (graphic development) and technical writing and communication (information development). This holistic approach leads to a unique, interdisciplinary education experience.

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Next start date: 08/19/2021


Total classes: 10

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 30

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What will I learn in a user experience master’s degree?

The master’s in user experience online program addresses UX research, design, content development, communication, tone of voice and evaluation of all interfaces, components and products with which end users interact. This includes hardware and software user interfaces, informational products, identifying user needs, tasks, procedures, capabilities and limitations when using technology and interacting with information.

Examples of interfaces you’ll learn to optimize UX for include:

  • Commercial and retail sites, such as those for airlines.
  • Educational materials.
  • Emergency room intake documentation.
  • Food packaging.
  • Prescription refill sites.
  • Vaccine registration sites. 

Additionally, you’ll develop your skills in writing, verbal presentation, research design, graphic design, literature review, data analysis and statistics.

Why is a master’s degree in user experience important?

 

This master’s in user experience online is project-based and beneficial for practitioners looking to develop practical skills in the industry. Arizona State University’s program is unique in that it’s a collaboration between three programs: human systems engineering, graphic information technology and technical writing and communication. Many similar programs prepare you for one of the areas, but not all three.

ASU’s program also has industry advisory boards and interacts directly with the program in the form of meetups, workshops, competitions, talks and more.

Do I need a master’s degree to work in user experience?

 

Most employers don’t require a master’s degree to work in user experience. However, research shows there are few UX jobs that are truly considered to be entry level. Most employers prefer a few years of experience. This master’s degree in UX online provides that experience employers are seeking.

ASU Online’s master’s program sets itself apart by being a collaboration between three key programs. This holistic approach to UX teachings can set you apart from counterparts lacking this education experience.

User experience is a rapidly growing field and UX professionals need skills in research, analysis, design and communication to effectively lead teams and collaborate with clients and technical personnel. ASU’s master’s in user experience online provides you with project-based experience that builds these skills and prepares you for advanced roles in the UX industry.

User experience master’s degree courses

The program’s required courses focus on systems engineering, technical communication, design, principles of user experience and more. You’ll also choose two elective courses (6 credits) from the options below.


Required

Cross-Media Design Solutions


Required

Usability and User Experience


Required

Methods and Tools in Human Systems Engineering


Required

Foundations of Human Systems Engineering


Required

Fundamentals of Technical Communication


Required

User Experience


Required

User Experience Capstone


Elective

Interaction Design, Planning and Implementation


What jobs can I get with a user experience master’s degree?

ASU’s master’s in user experience online educates tomorrow’s leaders in the UX profession. Below are some of the roles this program prepares its graduates for:

Content designer

Human factors engineer

Human systems integrator

Information architect

UX developer

Usability engineer

User experience designer

UX researcher

Study with award winning faculty members

Of the 350+ faculty members in Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, the majority have been honored with the highest awards in their fields. Faculty milestones include:

  • National Academy of Engineering members.
  • National Academy of Sciences member.
  • National Academy of Inventors members.
  • National Academy of Construction members.
  • More than 42 NSF CAREER Awards for early career faculty in the last five years.

Study with award winning faculty members

Of the 350+ faculty members in Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, the majority have been honored with the highest awards in their fields. Faculty milestones include:

  • National Academy of Engineering members.
  • National Academy of Sciences member.
  • National Academy of Inventors members.
  • National Academy of Construction members.
  • More than 42 NSF CAREER Awards for early career faculty in the last five years.

User experience master’s degree admission requirements

Applicants to the Master of Science in user experience online program must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.

Application Requirements

Study with award-winning prestigious faculty members

Each student is fully supported on their path to success in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. We have received peer-reviewed programmatic honors from U.S. News & World Report and provide students with a rich learning environment.

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