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You’ll discover how to design understandable, useful, and engaging digital products and become a well-rounded User Experience (UX) professional.

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Graduate, MS
School of Information
Courses Plan of Study

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.

Required Courses
INFO-601 Foundations of Information 3
IXD Core
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
Digital Accessibility
Speculative Design
Emotional Design
Sustainable Interaction Design
Special Topics
Electives 21
Select seven Elective courses, and maximum of 6 credits can graduate credits outside of INFO school
Total Credits 36

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-606 Digital Accessibility 3
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-638 Web Development 3
INFO-639 Database Design and Development 3
INFO-640 Data Analysis 3
INFO-641 Visual Communication & Information Design 3
INFO-642 Content Strategy 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-650 Speculative Design 3
INFO-651 Emotional Design 3
INFO-656 Machine Learning 3
INFO-658 Information Visualization 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-697 Special Topics 3
INFO-698 Practicum/Seminar Information Science 3
INFO-699 Independent Study 3


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.

Admission Requirements

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.

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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.
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