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Admission Requirements

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 to the Graduate Certificate in User Centered Design.

Application deadline

The 2024 application deadline is August 1, at 11:59pm PST. Apply here

Admission materials

Students apply for admission by submitting the following materials.

  • A typed response (500-word maximum) to these prompts:
    • How have your prior experiences (in or outside the workplace) prepared you for this program and the UX field?
    • How will the Certificate in User-Centered Design help you reach your longer-term goals?
  • A resume listing education and applicable experience.
  • One set of (official or unofficial) transcripts for each school indicated on your resume.

English proficiency requirements

If you are a non-native English speaker, you'll need to meet the following minimum test scores:

  • 106 on TOEFLiBT (including 26 Speaking sub-score)
  • 623 on TOEFLPBT
  • 263 on TOEFLCBT
  • 7.5 on IELTS (including 7 Speaking sub-score)
  • 125 on the Duolingo English Test

Applicants may include unofficial test scores with their application materials to demonstrate English language proficiency. 

This exam requirement is waived if the applicant holds a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institution where all instruction is in English. Refer to Policy 3.2.1 for additional information. 

International students

To enroll, international students must have a visa that permits study in the United States. This program does not enable students to obtain or maintain F-1 visa status. For more information, see Frequently Asked Questions for International Students.

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