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Accelerate Your Career in UI UX with a Master's in User Experience

Are you interested in pursuing a master’s in user experience? You’ll take courses in UI UX design, also known as user experience design, as well as research, marketing, and many more.

Ready to jump start a future in user interface design? Students in WPI’s STEM-designated user experience master's program will learn to create, design, evaluate, improve, and generate innovative products and services that help organizations elevate their goals, meet their consumers’ needs, and increase their market share.

As a student in WPI’s innovation with UX master's degree, you’ll gain fluency in the scope of technology, business, and design to give consumers the best user experience (also referred to as user interface design) possible by capturing technology and innovation. The business and industry expertise in the Foisie Business School and the technological and scientific resources of the university provide valuable collaborations to give students a distinct edge in user experience design.

Using the latest user interface technology (such as eye tracking) while understanding the value of innovation, students learn how to refine the way users interact with technology, evaluate their methods, and develop new strategies for market competition. Because technology has an increasing role in consumers’ daily lives, creating a positive and memorable experience is crucial for organizations to maintain a competitive edge in the marketplace.

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Master’s in User Experience Curriculum

Using a carefully selected plan of study, your coursework in user experience design, research, application skills, and human computer interaction gives you a foundation from which to develop and execute the best user interface. UX courses in marketing, business, and finance gives students a broader picture from which to formulate an effective user experience. IUX students will also use elements of quantitative and qualitative analyses such as analytics, surveys, and observations. Merging myriad approaches allows students the big-picture view that adds value to the consumer experience and to the organizations’ bottom line.

  • Plan of Study

    Students in the user experience master's program must complete nine required courses including the following five core UX courses:

    • MIS 585 UX Design
    • MIS 586 UX Research Methods
    • MIS 583 UX Applications
    • MIS 571 Database Applications Development
    • MIS 584 Business Intelligence
  • Marketing, choose two from the following list:
    • MKT 500 Marketing Management
    • MKT 561 Consumer Behavior
    • MKT 568 Data Mining Business Applications
  • Business, choose one from the following list:
    • OBC 505 Teaming and Organizing for Innovation
    • OBC 533 Negotiations
  • Finance
    • FIN 500 Financial Information and Management
  • Students will take three electives from the following list:

    UX Design Courses

    • UX Research Project I (Advisor approval is required)
    • UX Research Project II (Advisor approval is required)
    • MIS 573 System Design and Development 
    • IMGD 5000 Game Design Studio
    • IMGD 5300 Design of Interactive Experiences

    Business Courses

    Any of the above marketing, business, or finance core courses not taken for the core requirement

    • ETR 500 Entrepreneurship and Innovation

    • ETR 593 Technology Commercialization: Theory, Strategy, and Practice

    • MKT 562 Marketing Research

    • MKT 565 Digital Marketing 

    • MKT 598 Social Media Marketing

    • OIE 501 Designing Operations for Competitive Advantage

    • OIE 552 Modeling and Optimizing Processes

    • OIE 556 Health System Modeling and Improvement

    • BUS 5900 Internship (no more than 3 credits)

    Technical Courses

    • CS 528 Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing
    • CS 546 Human Computer Interaction
    • CS 573 Data Visualization
    • CS 5007 Introduction to Programming Concepts, Data Structures, and Algorithms
    • DS 501 Introduction to Data Science
    • DS 502 Statistical Methods for Data Science
    • MA 511 Applied Statistics for Engineers & Scientists

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Financial Information for Innovation with User Experience (MS)

Tuition for the master's in business analytics program is based on the current curriculum for the MS program of 36 credits. The current price of tuition is $1,610 per credit making the total cost for the program $57,960 in tuition only (AY 2020–21). For more detailed information on tuition—including fees—see the complete breakdown of costs on the Financial Aid page.

Featured Faculty

Soussan  Djamasbi

Soussan Djamsbi

Professor-Business

I teach both graduate and undergraduate courses, as well as advise PhD projects, IQPs and MQPs. I enjoy teaching because it's a dynamic and innovative process that challenges me to continually evaluate and adjust my teaching strategies to prepare my students for today’s global and competitive business environment. Teaching is also one the most rewarding experiences in my career because it allows me to witness my students' growth and accomplishments.

Adrienne  Hall-Phillips

Adrienne Hall-Phillips

Associate Professor

Being an educator is more than just distributing facts and figures; it's demonstrating the importance of this knowledge in a way that can be relevant for every learner. It's not truly knowledge until the student can grasp and apply it. I consider myself to be an advocate for knowledge - encouraging learning and providing the tools needed to be successful and independent thinkers. I take any opportunity possible to introduce new technologies and social networking behaviors that I feel are relevant into my daily classroom activities.

Purvi  Shah

Purvi Shah

Associate Professor-Business

Purvi has 'done' marketing and now she 'teaches' marketing at the WPI Foisie Business School. She has a diverse industry experience in the marketing/brand management function of mid-size to large corporations across consumer goods, retail, and real estate verticals. In academics, she aspires to play her role as a researcher (knowledge creation) and teacher (knowledge dissemination). Her research questions, in the context of discovery, attempt to explain and understand interesting and challenging marketing phenomena that have not received much research attention.

Andrew C Trapp

Andrew Trapp

Associate Professor

I am Associate Professor of Operations and Industrial Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), with courtesy professorships in Mathematical Sciences and Data Science. I hold a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. My objective is to use science and technology to assist real human need by improving systems that serve vulnerable peoples, such as refugees and asylum seekers, survivors of human trafficking, and foster care.

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Earn Your Master’s in User Experience Online

Whether you’re a busy working professional or prefer the convenience of earning your degree online, our UI UX master’s online program will fit your criteria. You’ll gain the same UX-driven, design thinking expertise that our on campus program provides from IUX research to system design and a realistic capstone project. This 33-credit master’s is stackable, enabling students to pursue the career avenue that best fits their individual needs.

Explore Our Master’s in Interactive Game Development

Do you have a passion for design and gaming? With our master’s in interactive media and game development you can combine your artistic vision with technical expertise to develop immersive and interactive environments. You’ll have access to our state-of-the-art IMGD lab, Digital Art Studio, Artificial Intelligence and Intelligent Tutoring Lab, and even a Sound Recording Studio as you work to design and evaluate next-level experiences. Whether you’ve always had a passion for game development or want to combine your design background to develop immersive media, a master’s in interactive media and game development is a great fit.

Earn a Graduate Certificate in Innovation with User Experience

Whether you’re looking to expand your knowledge of human computer interaction or want to gain a competitive edge, consider earning a graduate certificate. Our innovation with user experience certificate dives into theories, best practices, and new UI UX technologies to give you the foundation you need. Credits you earn from your graduate certificate can be applied toward earning a graduate degree.

Gain Technical Knowledge with a Master’s in Information Technology

Maybe your passion lies in leveraging new-to-market IT tools to create innovative business opportunities? In our master’s in information technology program, you’ll learn about how large systems store data, security management, information systems, and the entire systems development life cycle. Do you prefer the convenience of an online format? Explore our online master’s in information technology, offering students the flexibility to study from wherever they are.

Complement Your Technological Background with an MBA

Whether you’re thinking about gaining leadership experience or building your problem solving skills, employers need well-rounded business professionals in today’s global market. Our master’s in business administration is designed specifically for STEM professionals who want to expand their skill sets and gain a deeper understanding of how technical and business issues are connected. Consider our nationally acclaimed MBA program which draws on WPI’s strengths in technology, science, and engineering to mold students into business professionals.