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About the Program

Students in the Masters of Professional Studies in UX Design (MPS UXD) 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 MPS is a cohort-based program focused on an applied field of study where all coursework is directly related to the topic area. Completed in just 15 months, it allows students to study full time while maintaining their current work-life balance.


Three unique residencies enable students to work together on MICA's campus, allowing them to build a network of colleagues while learning the most current ideas and best practices. Residencies are designed to discuss emerging ideas in visualization, learn project management practices and strategies, and develop skills in applications and programming. All MPS program residencies take place on campus simultaneously, making for rich experiences, dynamic exchanges between faculty and students, cross-cohort and inter-disciplinary collaborations, and a community of business-minded creatives. These activities feed MICA's growing channels of career development and internship opportunities.

Program Resources

The MICA e-Learning environment is a flexible and adaptive platform that integrates Google tools including Gmail, Drive, and Google+ 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.

This page was last updated on 11/15/2016.