Certificate: User Experience Design

About the User Experience Design Certificate at Loyola

As one of the fastest-growing professional fields and specializations in the country, User Experience (UX) Design is used in everything from websites and mobile applications to personal computers and other smart devices to create intuitive, meaningful, and relevant experiences for users of the product.

The online User Experience Design Certificate will prepare you to meet an ever-increasing demand for UX designers and open new professional doors in your career.

The program is ideal for professionals in any field who are interested in entry-level positions in UX design, designers looking to advance their careers, and web designers and front-end developers who want to expand their skill set.

Program Structure

The User Experience Design Certificate is a three-course, nine-credit-hour program that also offers an optional fourth course if you are interested in extra hands-on experience applying these skills in a real-world setting.

You will start the certificate in Spring I (January) and take one course in three consecutive eight-week sessions, completing the program in seven months at the end of the summer session.

Courses are completed online, with weekly synchronous meetings held during the evening.

Why Choose Loyola for the User Experience Design Certificate?

A certificate in one of the digital age's fastest-growing fields

With digital technology, smart devices, and computer interactions at the center of 21st-century life, the need for skilled UX designers capable of making those interfaces and interactions as streamlined and enjoyable as possible is expected to see significant growth well into the future.

The program is a good fit for professionals representing a wide range of fields-including digital marketing, market research, and design operations-and can be taken as a stand-alone certificate or in partnership with an SCPS degree program.

An optional fourth course, Special Topics, will position you to carry out a UX design or UX strategy project for a community or nonprofit organization, providing you with a deeper applied context for what you've learned and the opportunity to demonstrate your abilities to future employers and graduate programs.

The program provides a foundation in the tools and techniques of UX design with a focus on conducting field research, evaluating UX designs, and taking designs from concept to prototype using tools such as personas, task models, journey mapping, and applying UX design to business strategy.

The User Experience Design Certificate program is delivered fully online, with weekly synchronous meetings held during evenings, allowing you to collaborate with fellow students and faculty in a way most convenient for you.

Loyola's School of Continuing and Professional Studies is widely recognized for its quality programming and mission of empowering adult learners through an accessible, impactful, and holistic education.

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Loyola is proud to have talented and nationally-recognized scholar-teachers as part of our diverse community of exceptional faculty, students and staff. Loyola faculty are known for their commitment to teaching, the dissemination of knowledge through innovative and interdisciplinary scholarly research, and a commitment to social justice and cura personalis, or care for the whole person. Visit the School of Continuing and Professional Studies faculty and staff directory to learn more about the teachers and mentors involved with the Certificate: User Experience Design program.

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Curriculum and Program Outcomes

While courses for the Certificate: User Experience Design program may vary from semester to semester, Loyola’s extensive Academic Catalog will always house the official listing of courses, programs of study, academic policies, degree requirements, and specialization or concentration options.

Additionally, this resource will provide Certificate: User Experience Design learning outcomes, showcasing the commitment to specific skills and growth graduates can expect to achieve following completion of the program.

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Costs, Scholarships, and Aid

Loyola University Chicago is committed to making your return to school a reality. Our Cost & Financial Aid page can help better inform you about the costs and potential funding opportunities through scholarships, loans, and aid for graduate and professional education.

If you are a current Loyola undergraduate or recent alum, you may be eligible for a Returning Rambler discount. Learn more and see if you qualify on our Returning Rambler Scholarship page.

Tuition and Costs

The estimated tuition and fees for the Certificate: User Experience Design totals $6840.00, or 9 credit hours at a cost of $760.00 per credit hour. Please note that tuition and fees for all of Loyola's academic programs are subject to change.

For more detailed information about tuition and fees, and a breakdown of how these costs are calculated on a yearly basis, please visit Tuition and Fees from the Office of the Bursar.

Certificate: User Experience Design Scholarships

For detailed information about tuition, costs, and aid, please visit the SCPS Tuition & Financial Aid page.

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Application Process

Application Deadlines

The available start terms and corresponding application deadlines for the Certificate: User Experience Design are listed below. We encourage you to apply early as decisions may take longer during busy periods.

Rolling applications, recommended deadlines are:

Spring I 2024: January 4, 2024

Application Requirements

Application requirements for the Certificate: User Experience Design include:

  • Completed Application

International Student Requirements

Additional information regarding the application process for international students can be found on the International Student Requirements page.

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