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Master of Science in

User-Centered Design

Part-time, fully online. Your master's degree is within reach.


Master of Science in User-Centered Design

Design personalized solutions for a user's heart and mind

Many professionals currently working in IT, web development, digital marketing and computer science share the belief that the way people experience design is critical to the success of any creation. These experts represent a growing movement of designers who seek to produce technologies that adapt to the user rather than attempt to force behavioral change. 

As a student in the Brandeis GPS User-Centered Design program, you'll learn alongside working professionals looking to advance their careers along with their educational goals. The program will equip you to:

  • Identify the human factors that influence user response.
  • Apply social and psychological principles to predict user response.
  • Build prototypes and evaluate design effectiveness, analyzing qualitative and quantitative information.

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The 30-credit part time, online master's degree has seven required courses and three electives.


Part-time, fully online, financially accessible

The 30-credit User-Centered Design degree has seven required courses and three electives. Required courses provide students with a focused education surrounding fundamental topics in the field, while electives build upon specific professional skillsets and allow students to enrich and round out their studies.

Sample Spring 2018 curriculum

Please note that available courses are subject to change.

Required courses

  • Innovation and User-Centered Design
  • Cognitive and Social Psychology of UCD
  • Information Architecture
  • Prototyping and Evaluation
  • Information Visualization Theory & Techniques
  • Design Operation and Leadership
  • Capstone 

Sample electives

  • Systems Thinking
  • Design of Immersive Environments
  • Agile Project Management
  • User Interface Design
  • Web Development Technologies
  • Mobile Applications and Responsive Web Design

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The user-centered design industry

Gain insights into the field

Professionals specializing in user-centered design are in high demand. In fact, Glassdoor has identified UX design jobs as #9 on their current list of best jobs in America. 

Leading organizations that are currently hiring user-centered designers span multiple industries and include:

  • Amazon.com
  • IBM
  • Deloitte
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • Apple Inc.
  • Estee Lauder
  • General Electric Co.
  • Disney
  • Emc
  • Hewlett-Packard

Students seeking a master's in this industry often hold job titles such as:

  • Interactive Designer
  • User Experience Designer
  • Senior User Experience Developer
  • Human Factors Engineer
  • User Experience Researcher
  • UX Architect
  • User Experience Strategist
  • UX Design Associate
  • User Experience Engineer
  • Web Developer


Our students

By the numbers

The program is 22% male and 78% female.

18 students are currently working toward their User-Centered Design degree.

The program launched in fall 2015.

“While a student at Brandeis, I discovered new opportunities and pathways for professional growth that I never realized existed.”
— Theresa Harrigan, Class of 2015

User-Centered Design

Meet our featured faculty

Our User-Centered Design faculty understand the challenges of modern industry. Whether they’re developing technologies for higher education communities or advocating for design innovation, they structure their GPS curriculum to draw on real-world expertise and connections that ultimately help our students advance their career goals. Here is a sampling of our User-Centered Design faculty:

  • Ian Rifkin currently works as a Software Systems Manager at Brandeis University. He primarily works in LAMP environments (Linux, Apache, MySQL, Perl/PHP) and manages software creation, upgrades, and releases as well as administrates purchased and open source applications including wiki, blogs, Web content management system (CMS), and course management system. He received his undergraduate degree in Anthropology and Internet Studies from Brandeis, focusing on how people interact online. 
  • Aline Yurik is the Program Chair for the Software Engineering program. She teaches courses in the software engineering and virtual management curricula. Aline's industry experience is in software architecture specializing in enterprise and business systems design and development. She has been a software development manager on a number of information technology projects, spanning virtual and global teams. Aline has a PhD in Computer Science from Brandeis University.
  • Vitaly Yurik has more than two decades of software development and teaching experience. During the past 15 years he has been developing Java applications on both client and server sides. He has been a key developer, team lead, and architect on a wide range of projects that include e-commerce applications, e-business applications, the WebLogic application server, financial web and enterprise applications. He has developed and taught numerous courses for GPS since its inception in 1997.

Visit the Rabb School faculty directory for a full list of Brandeis GPS faculty.

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