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UX Design (M.P.S.)

Explore both the design and computer science sides of the user-experience equation. Master analytical problem solving and design thinking of UX principles that figure significantly in today's tech-focused marketplace.

Students in the Masters of Professional Studies in UX Design (M.P.S. UXD) master fundamental principles of interface design, project management, prototyping, and usability as applied to industries from gaming to healthcare and education to defense.

Residency Overview

Students in the M.P.S. in UX Design master fundamental principles of interface design, project management, prototyping, and usability as applied to industries from gaming to healthcare and education to defense. Industry partners bring real-world projects to the classroom and advise students on networking, best practices, and the dynamic nature of the profession. Graduates leave with a portfolio full of compelling and novel, next-generation user experiences ready to support their professional aspirations.

The M.P.S. in UX Design is a 30-credit hour program, designed to be completed in 15 months while working full-time. The program consists of nine online modules and one in-person residency.

What is a Master of Professional Studies (MPS) degree?

  • Focuses on an applied field of study
  • Develops practical skills
  • Perfect for current and aspiring professionals
  • Delivered online over just 15 months
  • Residency fosters interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Students maintain a work-life balance

Program Resources

The MICA Canvas environment is a flexible and adaptive platform so students can conveniently access content. Each faculty member holds a weekly live class delivered through Adobe Connect web-conferencing software, whereby students can discuss topics with faculty and classmates. Lectures are recorded so students can revisit them at any time. Students also have access to MICA's web-based resources such as Adobe Creative Suite, Lynda.com, MyMICA, Decker Library and Media Resources Center, and Business Source Premier, the industry's most used business research database.

Who Should Apply

This program appeals to students who have a background in design (game, graphic/visual, interaction, industrial) and an interest in coding or human-computer interaction. Applicants may be recent graduates as well as professionals seeking to enter the UX/UI industry. Ideal candidates have a background in a visual art/design discipline; a strong interest in blending creative abilities with critical analysis, research, collaboration, and technical skills to increase their competitive advantage in the field; and a willingness to commit to an intensive learning experience.

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