Design understandable, useful, and engaging digital products and become a well-rounded User Experience (UX) professional.

Pratt School of Information students at work in the classroom

The Master of Science in Information Experience Design (IXD) program is an innovative blend of the Information Science (IS), Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), and User Experience (UX) disciplines. The IXD program educates students with academic or professional backgrounds in the liberal arts, humanities, and social/behavioral sciences and prepares them for careers in the rapidly growing UX profession, which includes UX Designers, Information Architects, Interaction Designers, UX Researchers, Usability Analysts, and Content Strategists.

With its empathetic, research-based, and human-centered approach to technology design, the IXD program teaches students to be well-rounded UX professionals who are not just strong designers but also skilled researchers, communicators, and strategists.

Special Note for International Students: The IXD program is designated as a STEM program by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and thus qualifies for the STEM optional practical training (OPT) extension for F-1 students.

Degree Requirements

The IXD program consists of 36 credits (12 three-credit classes): five required courses and seven electives (including at least one course from another department at Pratt), which must be completed with a B average or better. The program is designed to be completed in two years (three courses per semester) or three years (two courses per semester), though summer courses may reduce this time. Please note that international students must be enrolled full-time (3 courses, 9 credits per semester). Note that courses are held at 11:30 AM, 3 PM, and 6:30 PM.

Required Courses (5 courses, 15 credits)

Foundation (1 course, 3 credits)
INFO 601 Foundations of Information (previously INFO 651 Information Professions) 

IXD Core (2 courses, 6 credits)
INFO 643 Information Architecture & Interaction Design
INFO 644 Usability Theory & Practice

Technology Core (2 courses, 6 credits) – Choose at least two
INFO 654 Information Technologies*
INFO 637 Programming User Interfaces
INFO 638 Web Development
INFO 639 Database Design & Development
INFO 664 Programming for Cultural Heritage
INFO 697 Special Topics (with permission)

*INFO 654 Information Technologies is required but may be waived for students with have sufficient technical knowledge and/or experience; for more information please visit the Information Technologies course waiver page.

Elective Courses (7 courses, 21 credits)

Institute-wide Elective (1–2 courses, MAX 6 credits)

Pratt Institute graduate-level courses (requires permission of program coordinator). Recommended departments include Digital ArtsGraduate Communications DesignIndustrial DesignArts and Cultural Management, and Design Management.

Electives (5–6 courses, 15–18 credits)

INFO 608 Human Information Behavior
INFO 609 Introduction to Spatial Thinking and GIS (previously INFO 687 Geographic Information Systems)
INFO 630 Research Methods & Design
INFO 640 Data Analysis & Publication
INFO 642 Content Strategy
INFO 646 Advanced User Experience Design
INFO 657 Digital Humanities 
INFO 658 Information Visualization
INFO 659 Advanced Projects in Digital Humanities
INFO 665 Projects in Digital Archives
INFO 680 Instructional Technologies
INFO 681 Community Building & Engagement
INFO 682 Projects in Information Experience Design
INFO 685 Digital Analytics: Web, Mobile and Social Media

INFO 696 Advanced Projects in Information Visualization
INFO 697 Special Topics (with permission)
INFO 698 Practicum/Seminar in Information Science
INFO 699 Independent Study

Please note a listing of technologies covered in each course is available.

Student Learning Outcomes

Throughout the IXD program, students will create a digital portfolio to highlight the work they have completed and demonstrate they have met the program’s five student learning outcomes (SLOs):

  1. Research—Apply appropriate research methods to identify meaningful insights about people's needs, behaviors, and experiences.
  2. Communication—Compose compelling narratives and convey information to diverse stakeholders using appropriate communication styles (visual, written, and/or oral).
  3. Tools—Choose and effectively employ industry standard software associated with all phases of the user-centered design process.
  4. Experience Design—Create quality digital interfaces through an iterative and purposeful user-centered process that incorporates relevant technical, social, and cultural factors.
  5. Professionalism—Engage with relevant ethical, technical, and practical issues, construct a strong professional identity, and reflect on the role and value of design methods and processes.

Samples of recent student work and other course projects are on the IXD@Pratt website.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants to the program must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university. The applicant must have a superior scholastic record or otherwise give evidence of ability to perform work on the graduate level and are expected to offer evidence of maturity and leadership for the profession.

All applicants must apply using the online application and upload the following top three items and submit requests for recommendations online:

  • Official transcripts of all previous postsecondary education
  • A statement of purpose describing interest in the program as well as personal goals
  • A current resume/CV
  • Request two letters of recommendation online from academic or professional sources
  • [Optional] You may also include additional materials to demonstrate your skills and/or interests, which may take the form of an online portfolio, academic research paper, analytical report or presentation, or other relevant work sample. Along with your personal statement, please include a link/URL where we can access these materials and, if necessary, a brief explanation.

International students whose first language is not English must submit the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. The minimum required TOEFL score is 82 (Internet), IELTS of 6.5, and PTE score of 53. Students who are not international but whose first language is not English must submit the GRE, TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. Students may continue to apply after the January 5 deadline until the department is full. Applicants may apply for non-matriculated status if desired and take up to six credits.

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Program Coordinator
Craig MacDonald, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Questions? For admissions inquiries, please contact Graduate Admissions at 718.636.3514 or For all other inquiries, contact the School of Information at 212.647.7682 or For more information, you may also request a catalog and sign-up to attend an information session.    


Requirements for MS Information Experience Design, 2018