MA in User Experience Design

APU’s M.A. in User Experience Design is a 30-unit low-residency and online degree that prepares graduates for the fast-growing field of interactive design.

Learn more about the Master of Arts in User Experience Design program.


User Experience Design Courses24
DSGN 503Research and Design Process Methods3
DSGN 504Digital Experience Design3
DSGN 514UX Research A/B Testing3
DSGN 515Innovation Design3
DSGN 516Interactive Narrative/Story3
DSGN 616UXD Internship 13
DSGN 618Master's Capstone I3
DSGN 625Master's Capstone II3
Other Art and Design Courses6
DSGN 606Database Management and Scripting3
DSGN 607Design Business and Entrepreneurship3
Total Units30

Students who do not need an internship may choose to not take DSGN 616 and instead take an approved DSGN 599 Independent Study course, by instructor consent.


University graduate admission and program-specific requirements must be met before an application is complete (see Admission to the University). Program-specific application requirements are available online.

International students should contact Graduate and Professional Admissions for application procedures.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program shall be able to:
  1. Develop reflective practices that are consistent with key principles of design process methods and theoretical frameworks of User Experience Design.
  2. Apply design principles and guidelines over mobile and digital platforms of user interaction.
  3. Demonstrate adaptive communication skills with project management stakeholders.
  4. Practice individual and collaborative skills in design problem-solving.
  5. Describe key business and management principles related to UXD practice.
  6. Articulate design thinking ideas, design practice constructs, and design studies research in written form.