User Experience Design Certificate

User Experience (UX) Design is one of today’s fastest-growing specializations is the customer-centered design used for everything from the web or mobile applications, personal computers, and other devices, meant to craft a meaningful and relevant experience specific to the product.

The 3-course certificate provides students with a foundation in the tools and techniques of UX Design teaching them how to conduct field research, how to objectively evaluate UX Designs, how to take UX Design from concept-to-prototype using appropriate tools such as personas, task models, and user journey mapping, and even application of UX Design in business strategy.

Upon completion, students will have the skills needed to seek out entry-level positions in UX Design and/or advance in their careers and the tech-field.

This certificate can be taken as a stand-alone or in partnership with an SCPS degree.

Total Number of Courses


(4 if completing an optional course)

Total Number of Credit Hours

9 credit hours

(10-12 credit hours if completing the optional course)

Start Term & Time to Completion

Students will start the certificate in Spring I (January) and take 1 course each 8‐week session for 3 sessions and complete at the end of the summer session in 7 months.

Schedule Format Courses offered in 8-week sessions in a fully online format with evening synchronous meetings.
Transfer Credit Accepted Toward Certificate 3 credit hours (1 course). Transfer credit must be from the last five years.
Course Locations

Online. This certificate is completed fully online.

Application and Admission Requirements

Completed Application

Tuition and Fees


Certificate Requirements

  • CPST 248 User Experience Design Fundamentals: Introduction to UX Design and UX Research
  • CPST 249 User Experience Design Tools and Techniques
  • CPST 341 User Experience Design to Drive Business


  • CPST 265 Special Topics – 1-3 credits of directed study. Students will complete a UX Design project community non-profit organization or another client under the guidance of a Faculty member.

Program Outcomes

Students in this program will be able to:

  • Explain the difference between usability and User Experience.
  • Evaluate User Experience (UX) Design using objective metrics.
  • Apply the UX Prototyping process and UX Design Tools.
  • Apply the UX Design process, including the use of personas, task models, and user journey mapping.
  • Connect and align business objectives with UX Design goals.
  • Apply Design Thinking to develop business Strategy.

For more information

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Course Descriptions

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