The University of Alabama in Huntsville offers an interdisciplinary 18-hour Graduate Certificate in User Experience, hosted by the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. This certificate prepares students for careers in user experience (UX), which involves understanding users and designing better technologies, products, and services to meet users’ needs. UX professionals conduct research, design prototypes, test products, and organize information, all to ensure that users’ needs are met. This certificate provides students both foundational knowledge in UX and the opportunity to take electives in the many different disciplines that contribute to user experience knowledge and practice. 

The Graduate Certificate in User Experience requires a total of six courses, including four core courses: CM 542EH 542: Usability Studies, CM 552 / EH 552: User-Centered Design, CM 662 / EH 662: Information Architecture, and CM 670: Advanced Communication Methods. Students may take these core courses in any order. Certificate students also take 6 hours of electives in fields such as communication arts, English, psychology, marketing, management, and computer science. Students choose electives in consultation with the Director of the User Experience Programs; in some cases, prerequisites may apply. Students can also complete an internship in UX as part of their certificate. Graduate students in the Graduate Certificate in User Experience enroll in the following program of study (POS): 

Core Courses
CM 670ADVANCED COMMUNICATION METHODS3
EH 542USABILITY STUDIES3
or CM 542 USABILITY STUDIES
EH 552USER-CENTERED DESIGN3
or CM 552 USER-CENTERED DESIGN
EH 662INFORMATION ARCHITECTURE3
or CM 662 INFORMATION ARCHITECTURE
Electives6
Approved UX Electives
Total Semester Hours18


Students who wish to earn the Graduate Certificate in User Experience must be admitted to the Graduate School. No more than six credit hours taken at another institution may be applied to the certificate. For further information about the Graduate Certificate in User Experience, please contact Dr. Ryan Weber, Director of User Experience Programs, at rw0019@uah.edu.