User Experience Design - New Brunswick, New Jersey
The Master of Business and Science degree with a concentration in User Experience Design (UXD) trains students in the essential skills needed to design engaging, easily learned, accessible and usable computer-based interfaces whether they be web pages, mobile phone apps or microwave ovens. Students learn up-to-date methods and practices involved in gathering user information, creative designing, interface prototyping and evaluting a wide range of interactive media. The program will provide students with a basic understanding of human computer interaction (HCI), psychology, communication and sociology theory that guides design plus training in visual design principles. Portfolio preparation is a key element of the program as are current interface design techniques such as generating personas, working in agile environments, information architecture, card sorting, online usability testing, eyetracking and workflow analysis. A key difference between this program and many other HCI masters degrees that are offered is its second focus on the business side of design. Students will learn project management, accounting, marketing, business communication, how to create a business plan and financial decision making. This will enable graduates to move into roles managing user experience design, establishing a consultancy that provides UXD support or launching a new enterprise in which the product is primarily UX design-based.
There are many employment opportunities with the skill sets obtained with this degree that range from information technology, medical products, web design, communication products, media, financial services and beyond. User Experience Design is one of the top professions in the US (http://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/rankings/the-100-best-jobs).
The MBS degree is 43 credits, with 8 courses (24 credits) in the sciences and 6 courses in business (18 credits) plus a one credit ethics course. The User Experience Design concentration consists of the following required courses (15 credits):
Core Courses (I-IV):
I. Basics of User Experience & Design
16:137:531 (3) Introduction to User Experience Design (Fall, Spring, Summer) **
II. Collecting User Experience Design Requirements and Evaluating Design
16:137:532 (3) Contextual Inquiry Prerequisite 16:137:531 *** **
III. Developing Visual Designs -- (for those without visual design experience, otherwise choose 16:137:513)
16:137:533 (3) Visual Design for UXD (Summer)
V. UXD Practicum -- This course is to be taken after the first three core courses are completed. Students will finish their electronic portfolio as part of this practicum.
16:137:611 (3) Research Internship (Fall, Spring, Summer)***
Electives - Student can select the remaining courses from the following list:
• 01:355:425 Web Authoring (3)
• 16:137:513 Interaction Design (3) prerequisite 16:137:531 **
• 16:137:601 Special Topics: Mobile App Development from Concept to Market (3)
• 16:137:603:91 CMD:Social Media (3)** ***
• 17:137:603:80 CMD: Digital Marketing (3)** ***
• 17:610:510 Human Information Behavior (3)***
• 17:610:511 Research Methods (3)
• 17:610:512 Interface Design (3)***This course can be substituted for 16:137:531
• 17:610:554 Information Visualization and Presentation (3)***
• 17:610:557 Database Design and Management (3)
• 22:198:603 Business Data Management (3)
• 17:610:581 Social Informatics (3)
• 17:610:595 Understanding and Building Social Media (3)
• 16:830:506 Social Psychology (3)
• 16:830:508 Research Methods in Social Psychology (3)
• 16:830:514 Sensation and Perception (3)
• 16:830:522 Research Design and Analysis II (3)
• 16:830:546 Memory and Attention (3)
• 17:194:511 Organizational Communication (3)
• 17:194:514 Communication Research (3)
• 34:970:515:01 Methods of Planning Analysis I (statistics) (3)
34:833:635 Survey Research (3)
**These courses are delivered in executive style format over 1 week.
***These courses are available online
Students must demonstrate prior experience in Information Technology and proficiency in using computers. Students must have had the equivalent of an introduction to information technology course as an undergraduate, with a minimum of 3.0 GPA. Without this background, students are required to take the following prerequisite courses: 17:610:550 Introduction to Information Technology, or the equivalent. Students with graphic design, visual arts, English, and communications are welcome to apply. The General GRE is required for admission. Click here for more information about this course and proficiency requirements.
Executive Option Available:
This concentration is available as a certificate-to-degree option. In addition, the courses are available in an online/executive option, suitable for an accelerated part-time completion and out-of-state students. Please contact our office for more information.
Dr. Marilyn M. Tremaine
Related Concentrations: Information Technology
The MBS (Master of Business & Science) is a Professional Science Master's Degree combining graduate science courses (MS level) in a particular concentration with courses in business.