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Graduate Certificate in User Centered Design

User-Centered Design Application
Due to the transition to a new admissions software, we are expecting a delay in opening the application for the Graduate Certificate in User Centered Design. We expect this to open by July 1 at the latest.


The graduate certificate in User Centered Design (UCD) is an evening, graduate-level program in the department of Human Centered Design & Engineering for students who want to enhance their skills in user experience (UX) research and design.

In this five-course certificate program, students explore how usability studies and interaction design can influence web design and product development, and look at the latest innovations in the field. UCD Certificate students study the latest theories and practices to keep user needs at the forefront of each stage of the design process.


A bachelor's degree from a four-year, accredited institution, combined with a minimum of two years of full-time work experience in a related field is required for admission. Review application materials and submission instructions here »


This five-course certificate includes required coursework in usability studies and user-centered design theories, and includes elective coursework in either visual communication, information visualization, accessibility and inclusive design, interaction design and prototyping, or user-centered web design. More about UCD courses »

Tuition & Fees

Graduate credits from the UCD Certificate can be applied to the Master of Science in Human Centered Design & Engineering degree. View current tuition rates »

Certificate Instructors

Courses in the Graduate Certificate in User Centered Design program are taught by members of HCDE faculty as well as part-time instructors who are experts in the field of UX. View profiles of HCDE faculty and Affiliate and Adjunct faculty.