Is this program right for you?
Want to design human-centered technologies and create more natural, intuitive, and pleasurable user experiences? The graduate-level capstone certificate in User Experience Design or “Mad UX” gets you there in just one year, backed by the prestige and quality you expect from UW–Madison.
Working part-time and completely online, learn how to contribute to the development of new technologies, plan and assess user interactions with interactive products and services, create conceptual designs and prototypes, and apply your growing skills to real projects rather than abstract ideas—all in an expert-instructor-led virtual classroom.
As part of a robust educational community, you tackle service design, interaction design, user experience, information architecture, prototyping, interface design, and usability testing and evaluation. Prior technology experience is not required.
The Mad UX graduate-level certificate combines faculty from the Department of Computer Sciences and the iSchool at UW–Madison, uniquely merging expertise in information, media, people, and technology.
Complete your User Experience Design certificate with a capstone project, in which you design, prototype, test, and redesign based on feedback throughout the program, resulting in a significant addition to your professional portfolio.
Community is an important component. Students enter in a cohort; you work together across all classes, form teams, comment, and contribute to virtual feedback sessions—or virtual crits—exactly as you will do in your user-experience career.
We also take advantage of our highly engaged UW–Madison alumni as well as our networks of tech firms in the Midwest, the Bay Area, and globally, so you make essential connections as you build your user experience skills.
What you Learn
- Plan, design, and assess innovative interactive user experiences
- Apply data collection and analysis methodologies for user experience research
- Incorporate design principles and user behavior theories to interactive products
- Create, critique, and revise design prototypes based on testing data and feedback
- Effectively plan, manage, and communicate a user experience design project
Where & How you learn
- Complete three courses of three credits each and a one-credit final capstone project; you must complete one required course per semester
- All students are part of a cohort (group of people who work together for the duration of the certificate)
- Class materials may be accessed at any time, allowing flexibility to combine work, family, and education; students also plan synchronous meetings with peers and instructors and these elements are recorded for later viewing
All applicants must:
- Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or its equivalent and a minimum grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale; prior computer programming experience is not required, although general experience with web, mobile, and other interactive technologies is useful
- Apply to the Division of Continuing Studies as a University Special student
- Non-native English speakers must have a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 92 (Internet version) or better