Program in User Experience Design School of Library and Information Science Kent State University

Program in User Experience Design School of Library and Information Science Kent State University

Kent, OH
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July 12
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Introduction to the School - Kent State Online

Students can earn a degree anytime, anywhere with Kent State University's online graduate degrees and certificate programs offered by the Office of Continuing and Distance Education.

The faculty members of Kent State University believe in creating every online program with a forward-thinking mindset that helps students solve the problems of tomorrow, not just those of today. The quality online graduate education degree programs offer an alternative to campus-based programs. They allow students more flexibility in both time and space. All KSU online graduate education degree programs are accredited by a national accrediting body and provide a high level of excellence in teaching and learning experiences.

Interested students can learn more about Kent State Online through the link.

Program Overview -- Master's -- User Experience Design

The Online Master's Program in User Experience Design degree program at Kent State University blends human-centered thinking, design and information architecture to take students' UXD knowledge and skills to the next level. This program is a concentration offered as a part of Kent State's M.S. in Information Architecture and Knowledge Management degree program.

The User Experience Design degree program addresses the structural, informational, psychological and emotional aspects of what makes a successful user interface, whether it's web, mobile, tablet or any other device. This is a fast-growing, fast-evolving field, and Kent State is at the forefront of this emerging discipline. KSU offers one of the only master's degree programs in UX Design in an accessible online format.

The program prepares professional user experience designers to work in digitally-driven agencies and organizations. Graduates of the program will come away with a solid understanding of usability, content strategy, information architecture, and user research.

Program Details

Kent State's Master's in User Experience Design degree program is designed for busy working professionals, with the following features:

- The program is 36 credits in length, consisting of 12 three-credit courses.

- Each course is 7 weeks in length, with 2 courses taken sequentially each semester. This allows students to focus on a single course at a time while still completing their programs in 2 years.

- To keep class sizes small and maximize collaboration, multiple sections of each course are offered.

- The program consists of 9 required courses (27 credits), 2 elective courses (6 credits), and the student's choice of a final project -- a master's project, capstone experience or thesis.

- Once students are admitted to the program, student counselors will craft their personalized degree plans, giving students clear course sequences and paths to graduation.

Courses are delivered through the course management system, Blackboard Learn. Course content consists of text, narrated PowerPoint presentations, video and audio, live chats, discussion groups, and other learning enhancements. To participate in this online program, students will need a computer broadband Internet connection. Students' programs may have further requirements that include the ability to record video and audio. If students have questions regarding technology requirements for this program, they should please contact their student counselors at or toll-free at 844.497.3239.

What Students Will Learn

The curriculum within the User Experience Design program revolves around a 5 stage process model:

- Learn (L)

- Understand (U)

- iMagine (M)

- Evaluate (E)

- iNform (N)

Learn -- When the trained designers are faced with a new design project, the first thing they do is try to find out as much as they can about the client, the users, and any other stakeholder. They look at what their competitors are doing and see what they can learn from that. They might conduct interviews, surveys, or focus groups to learn about who and what they will be working with.

Understand -- Taking what faculty members have learned in their research, the program develops models such as personas and design principles to help guide designs.

iMagine -- Using the models developed in the program, students learn to design solutions for their clients. Here they develop schematics that they can later hand off to developers/engineers to build.

Evaluate -- But as they design, students must constantly evaluate their ideas, so they conduct usability studies along the way to make sure their designs will actually work.

iNform -- Communication of designs is crucial to implementing them. So here students focus on the professional preparation of deliverables and reports.

Interested students can learn more about Kent State's Master's in User Experience Design degree program at the link.


At Kent State University, faculty members do more than teach. They share, provoke, collaborate and participate. They inspire learning, turning students into independent thinkers -- and, more importantly, into doers. The faculty members help students put excellence into action in everything they do.

The faculty members who teach the online Master's program in User Experience Design degree program at Kent State University have an unparalleled passion for making the world better through human-centered design. They are pioneers in the field of UX design, and they bring with them:

- Diverse backgrounds that reinforce the program's unique blend of human-centered thinking, design, and information architecture

- Active industry experience and involvement in national UXD organizations

- Ability to serve as industry contacts for students and alumni

Interested students can meet the Master's in User Experience Design degree program faculty members at the link.

Why Kent State

When students enroll online, they have the opportunity to learn alongside a global network of peers, and they are taught by industry-leading faculty members. More than 1,500 full- and part-time faculty members at Kent State have degrees from over* 150 national and international institutions. They hail from 6 different continents and more than 70% have attained the highest degrees in their fields.

Interested students can learn more about Kent State after the link.

Location & Contact

Program in User Experience Design

School of Library and Information Science
Kent State University

Kent, OH

Degrees & Award

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    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Graphic Design Master's
    • User Experience Design Master's
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Tuition & Fees

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