We are master's students in the User Experience Program at Claremont Graduate University. The 48-unit terminal MA program is designed to be completed in two years. The program includes courses in four critical domains: cognitive psychology, research methods, statistics, and user experience.
All first-year students must take the following core statistics classes: Intermediate Statistics, ANOVA, Multiple Regression, and Categorical Data Analysis. Many students choose to take additional statistics courses, such as Factor Analysis.
In this core course, students practice UX Strategy fundamentals by creating a valid product or feature concept from the ground up. Students gain familiarity with how UX delivers value in an organization by understanding customer problems, evaluating opportunities, and iterating to achieve a usable solution.
UX Research Methods
All students take an intense advanced UX Research Methods course. Throughout the program, they practice over 40 different UX Research methodologies and frameworks, with extensive training on the top 10 methods used in the technology sector.
First-year students take a general research methods course offered by the Division of Behavioral Sciences. Research Methods provides extensive training in the scientific method and experimental design in applied behavioral science contexts.
In their core UX coursework, students learn the behavioral science and cognitive psychology theories that apply to interaction design. They apply theory and best practices to redesign the information architecture and interactions in several digital experiences.
Many students choose to take elective courses from the Drucker School of Business, including: Market Research, Market Management, Consumer Behavior, and Design Thinking.
Students are required to take Cognition and Applied Cognitive Psychology courses, which gives them a solid foundation in how humans process information, form memories, and make decisions. Students are taught how to apply this knowledge in real-world contexts.
In their core UX coursework, students create digital prototypes and design various mixed-methods usability tests. Their projects combine statistics, psychometrics, standardized quantitative usability measures, and qualitative interviews to produce comprehensive usability recommendations.
Many students choose to take elective courses offered by the Center for Information Systems & Technology, including: programming courses, Internet of Things, and Data Mining.
Emphasis on Applied Theory
Claremont Graduate University empowers students to translate theory into action during their studies. UX MA students are required to complete 320 hours of practicum work (via internships and client projects) to graduate.