Graduate Programs

User Experience Design (M.P.S.)

Explore both the design and computer science sides of the user-experience equation. Master analytical problem solving and design thinking of UX principles that figure significantly in today's tech-focused marketplace.

Program Overview

Focusing on the intersection between art and technology, students in the M.P.S. in UX Design study 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 and the dynamic nature of the profession. Graduates leave with a portfolio of compelling UX design experience ready to support their professional aspirations.

The MPS is an online, cohort-based program where all coursework is directly related to the topic area. Completed in just 15 months, the program allows students to earn their degree while working full time. Students in the M.P.S. in UX Design program explore both the design and technical sides of user-experience, while mastering the analytical, problem-solving, and design thinking skills required in today’s tech-focused marketplace.

Industry Immersive Overview

The 2-day virtual industry immersivere occurs at the midpoint of the program and enables you to collaborate with your cohort and network with each other as well as industry professionals. It consists of a mix of workshops, keynotes, and hands-on activities. This two-day experience surveys concepts, tools, and techniques that promote innovation. Students engage in exercises designed to apply and test creative techniques. At the conclusion of the residency, students will have knowledge of and practice with a number of approaches that can be applied through the second half of the program and into their careers.

What is a Master of Professional Studies (MPS) degree?

  • Focuses on an applied field of study
  • Develops practical skills
  • Perfect for current and aspiring professionals
  • Delivered online over just 15 months
  • Residency fosters interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Students maintain a work-life balance

Program Resources

The MICA Canvas environment is a flexible and adaptive platform so students can conveniently access content. Each faculty member holds a weekly live class delivered through Zoom 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, LinkedIn Learning, 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 (web, game, graphic/visual, interaction, industrial) and an interest in human-computer interaction. Additionally, students with a background in the arts will learn how to apply their creative skills to a technical field with a growing number of job opportunities. 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, and a willingness to commit to a practical learning experience.