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Degree Requirements

Interaction Design and Information Architecture Degree Requirements

  • These requirements apply to students entering this program in fall 2014 and thereafter. Students who enrolled earlier should consult the catalog in effect at the time they enrolled.
  • You can also reference the graduation requirements for the year in which you enrolled on the portal; view graduation requirements by year (PDF) in the right-hand column of your MyResources page.
  • Read the course descriptions.
  • Prerequisites: Upon admission, if you have not passed the Hypermedia Proficiency Examination (register online to take the exam), you are expected to complete PBDS 660: Introduction to Web Development with a grade of B or better before undertaking any other coursework; this course does not count toward the completion of the degree program.

This 36-credit master's program requires the following:

You can complete this program through one of two plans:

  • 30 credits of coursework and completion of a 6-credit thesis
  • 30 credits of coursework and completion of a 6-credit project.

Core Courses (18 credits)

  • Interaction and Interface Design (IDIA 612)
  • Information Architecture (IDIA 630)
  • Humans, Computers and Cognition (IDIA 640)
  • Research Methods (IDIA 642)

and one of the following:

  • Topics in Advanced Interaction Design (IDIA 712), Topics in Advanced Information Architecture (IDIA 730) or Topics in User Research (IDIA 742)

and one of the following:

  • Dynamic Web Sites (IDIA 618) or Interactive Multimedia (IDIA 619)

Electives (12 credits)

With the approval of the program director, choose four courses from the following focus areas.

  • Interaction Design
  • Information Architecture
  • User Research

Thesis/Project (6 credits)

  • Thesis/Project, 3-6 credits (IDIA 799)

Recommended electives for focus areas:

Interaction Design

Information Architecture

User Research

as of fall 2014