User experience and usability

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Delivery of this program is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required.

Successful completion of the program requires 12 credit hours.

Course planner

The chart below shows the courses that are traditionally offered. You will work closely with your adviser on all course selection decisions. Courses are 3 credit hours each, unless stated otherwise. The University reserves the right to change or cancel courses as needed.

Competency portfolio

Your performance will be assessed through a portfolio process. You should start on your portfolio early in your course work.

In your online portfolio, you will document your mastery of user experience and usability competencies through narratives and supporting examples of work. You will work with a faculty adviser to ensure that your portfolio meets all requirements.

Required internship

The internship is coordinated with the Information Experience Lab activities, wherein you can participate in weekly meetings via virtual conference tools and work on team projects. An alternative project for the internship can be coordinated with a local, nationalĀ or international company or organization. Students can complete the internship at a distance and are not required to move to Columbia or quit their job. Expected time commitment during the fall and spring semesters is approximately 6 to 8 hours per week.

Nondegree-seeking enrollment

Prior to acceptance into the program, you may enroll in up to 3 credit hours as a nondegree-seeking (in some cases, post-baccalaureate) student. Enrollment does not guarantee acceptance. Learn more about nondegree-seeking university student admissions.

State authorization

States require that the University of Missouri be authorized to deliver university-level distance/online education to their residents. Each state handles this process differently.

Please see our state authorization page for more information.

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Students residing in all states are eligible to enroll in this program.

Learn more about this program

This program is administered by the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies