Nov 29, 2021  
2020-2021 University Bulletin 
2020-2021 University Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Certificate in User Experience

As the information landscape has become more complicated, organizations look to design and develop human-centered technologies with an intuitive user experience. User experience (UX) is a design process that requires a deep understanding of users’ needs, values, abilities, and limitations to provide relevant and meaningful experiences to people. UX designers develop services, interactions, and experiences to deliver the information in an accessible manner at the appropriate time. UX designers develop information architectures, prototypes, interface designs, usability tests and evaluations.

The SOIS Certificate in User Experience provides:

  • A theoretical foundation which includes systems thinking, design thinking, requirements analysis, information architecture and design, user research, user experience, and web design to develop systems, solutions, and experiences to meet both individual and organizational needs. 
  • A practical foundation which includes applying user-centered and design thinking methodologies to research user needs, develop prototypes for systems, services, and experiences across multiple channels, and create content strategies to solve real issues.

Required Courses:

Certificate completion requires 15 graduate credit hours, including:

Additional Information

  • Certificates are offered for students currently pursuing a master of library and information science degree, a master of science in information management degree, or a master in business administration degree, as well as a post-master degree accreditation for returning scholars who want to add the specialization to a completed master’s degree. 
  • Students who graduate with a Dominican master’s degree lacking one or more courses towards a certificate can enroll in the course(s) any time within five years of graduating in order to add the certificate to their transcript. Students must enroll as a student-at-large (credit-bearing), not as an auditor (non-credit-bearing).
  • Students seeking two certificates may use courses that “count” toward more than one to fulfill requirements for both certificates. In other words, if a course is eligible for two certificates the student need only take it once, and may apply its credit toward both.
  • Students may also combine this certificate with other coursework toward the Master of Professional Studies .