User Experience Design - M.S.

College of Communication and Information
School of Information
314 University Library
Kent Campus
330-672-2782
slisinfo@kent.edu
www.kent.edu/slis


Description

The Master of Science degree in User Experience Design  prepares students for careers that require them to apply a solid understanding of usability, content strategy, information architecture and user research.

The user experience designer engages in a variety of design activities that help produce aesthetic interfaces and help organizations meet business goals. User experience design addresses the structural, informational, psychological and emotional aspects of what makes a successful user interface, whether it is Web, mobile, tablet or any other device.

At Kent State University, user experience design is thought of as a process where students learn, understand, imagine, evaluate and inform. The design team begins by gathering data/information about users, clients, the organizational culture, common tasks and work environments. After sufficient data/information is gathered, the team seeks to understand the context in which the project will be undertaken. This phase is the bridge between data collection and design. Design in the imagine phase involves brainstorming, iterative prototyping and critiquing. The design team needs to constantly evaluate their designs to see if they work in the real world. This may involve usability testing at Kent State's usability lab, eye tracking studies, paper prototyping or heuristic evaluations. The results of design must be communicated to appropriate audiences. This informing process involves giving presentations to clients and stakeholders, report writing and other forms of communication.

Fully Offered At:

  • Online Only

Admission Requirements

  • Official transcript(s)
  • GRE scores if total GPA is below 3.0 in highest completed degree1
  • Goal statement
  • Résumé
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • English language proficiency - all international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning one of the following (effective spring 2018):
    • Minimum 587 TOEFL PBT score (paper-based version)
    • Minimum 94 TOEFL IBT score (Internet-based version)
    • Minimum 82 MELAB score
    • Minimum 7.0 IELTS score
    • Minimum 65 PTE score

For more information about graduate admissions, please visit the Graduate Studies website. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education website.

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In calculating total GPA, all grades from all courses taken at relevant level (bachelor's or master's) from all institutions are counted.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the program will be able to:

  • Design and conduct research in a variety of ways necessary to understand users, stakeholders and competitors.
  • Apply principles of information architecture and content strategy to web and mobile design problems.
  • Create and evaluate structures to support information and content organization.
  • Test and critique existing designs and prototypes by employing usability testing methods.
  • Communicate design ideas in a variety of ways to design teams, stakeholders and developers.

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

[MS-UXDE]

Major Requirements
LIS 60636KNOWLEDGE ORGANIZATION STRUCTURES, SYSTEMS AND SERVICES 3
UXD 60001USER EXPERIENCE DESIGN PRINCIPLES AND CONCEPTS 3
UXD 60002USER EXPERIENCE DESIGN IN PRACTICE 3
UXD 60101INFORMATION ARCHITECTURE I 3
UXD 60103RESEARCHING THE USER EXPERIENCE I 3
UXD 60104USABILITY I 3
UXD 60106CONTENT STRATEGY I 3
Major Electives, choose from the following:12
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES
INFORMATION ARCHITECTURE II
RESEARCHING USER EXPERIENCE II
USABILITY II
CONTENT STRATEGY II
SEMINAR IN USER EXPERIENCE DESIGN
ELECTIVE INTERNHIP IN USER EXPERIENCE DESIGN
SPECIAL TOPICS IN USER EXPERIENCE DESIGN
Heath Informatics (HI) Courses 1
Knowledge Management (KM) Courses 1
Library and Information Science (LIS) Courses 1
User Experience Design (UXD) Courses
Culminating Requirement, choose from the following:3-6
PROFESSIONAL PORTFOLIO DESIGN AND ASSESSMENT
MASTER'S INTERNSHIP IN USER EXPERIENCE DESIGN
MASTERS PROJECT IN USER EXPERIENCE DESIGN
MASTER'S RESEARCH PAPER IN USER EXPERIENCE DESIGN
THESIS I
Minimum Total Credit Hours:36
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Students may take a maximum 6 credit hours of HI, KM and/or LIS courses.