You’ll discover how to design understandable, useful, and engaging digital products and become a well-rounded User Experience (UX) professional.
The Master of Science in Information Experience Design (IXD) program (STEM) 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, as well as 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.
Course and Credit Requirements
The IXD program2 consists of 36 credits (12 three-credit classes): 5 required courses and 7 electives, which must be completed with a B average or higher. The program is designed to be completed in two years (3 courses per semester) or three years (2 courses per semester). Summer courses may reduce the length of time spent in the program. Please note that international students must be enrolled full-time (3 courses, 9 credits per semester). Courses are held at 11:30 AM, 3:00 PM, and 6:30 PM.
|INFO-601||Foundations of Information||3|
|INFO-643||Information Architecture & Interaction Design||3|
|INFO-644||Usability Theory & Practice||3|
|INFO-654||Information Technologies 1||3|
|Ethics and Social Responsibility Elective|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Sustainable Interaction Design|
|Select seven Elective courses, and maximum of 6 credits can graduate credits outside of INFO school|
The INFO-654 Information Technologies requirement may be waived for students with sufficient technical knowledge and/or experience; for more information please visit the Information Technologies course waiver web page.
Elective Courses (7 Courses, 21 Credits)
Institute-wide Elective (1–2 courses, maximum 6 credits)
Pratt Institute graduate-level courses (requires permission of program coordinator). Recommended departments include Graduate Communications Design, Digital Arts, History of Art and Design, Media Studies, Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment, Industrial Design, or any other School of Information course.
Electives (5–6 courses, 15–18 credits)
|INFO-607||Management and Leadership||3|
|INFO-608||Human Information Interaction||3|
|INFO-616||Programming Interactive Visualizations||3|
|INFO-630||Human-Centered Research Design & Methods||3|
|INFO-636||Conversational User Experience Design||3|
|INFO-637||Programming User Interfaces||3|
|INFO-639||Database Design and Development||3|
|INFO-641||Visual Communication & Information Design||3|
|INFO-645||Advanced Usability and UX Evaluation||3|
|INFO-646||Digital Product Design||3|
|INFO-648||Mobile Interaction Design||3|
|INFO-649||Practical Ethnography for User Experience||3|
|INFO-664||Programming For Cultural Heritage||3|
|INFO-671||Sustainable Interaction Design||3|
|INFO-681||Community Building & Engagement||3|
|INFO-682||Projects in Information Experience Design||3|
|INFO-685||Digital Analytics: Web, Mobile and Social Media||3|
|INFO-693||Audience Research & Evaluation||3|
|INFO-696||Advanced Projects in Visualization||3|
|INFO-698||Practicum/Seminar Information Science||3|
Please note that the MSIXD curriculum reflected above was revised for students entering in the fall 2022 semester and after. For students entering before fall 2022, please consult the catalog for the year you entered the program.
Two-Year Renewable Scholarships for New Students
These scholarships are awarded at the time of admission and are renewable for the second year for students who maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students must be full-time (minimum of 9 credits per semester).
The School of Information offers a number of fellowships in partnership with NYC cultural institutions. Each fellowship requires the completion of a 9-month internship (120 hours per semester) and is accompanied by a scholarship in the amount of $7,210. For a complete list of fellowship opportunities, please visit the School of Information website and go to Experiential Learning Opportunities, Fellowships.
Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university. The applicant must have a superior scholastic record or be able to demonstrate the ability to perform work at the graduate level and is 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 and personal goals
- A current résumé/CV
- Request two letters of recommendation online from academic or professional sources
Note: Portfolios are not required
A TOEFL of 82 (internet and home test), TOEFL ITP Plus for China of 553, IELTS of 6.5 or a PTE of 53 is required for international students. Students who are not international but whose first language is not English must submit the GRE, TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. Applicants may apply for nonmatriculated status if desired and take up to 6 credits.
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.
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:
- Research – Apply appropriate research methods to identify meaningful insights about people’s needs, behaviors, and experiences
- Communication – Compose compelling narratives and convey information to diverse stakeholders using appropriate communication styles (visual, written, and/or oral)
- Tools – Choose and effectively employ industry standard software associated with all phases of the user-centered design process
- Experience Design – Create quality digital interfaces through an iterative and purposeful user-centered process that incorporates relevant technical, social, and cultural factors
- Ethical Practice – Construct a strong professional identity that reflects a commitment to the ethical application of design and research and critically considers their impact on individuals, communities, or ecosystems.