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Graduate with this master's degree, and find yourself in high demand: Our contacts in the field tell us, we can't turn out graduates fast enough.

What's more, you can also complete this program entirely online, allowing you to access classes from home, work or anywhere with an Internet connection. Contact us for additional information about the requirements for this option.

This 36-credit Master of Science program emphasizes the design, development and application of significant information technologies to satisfy human needs and desires. Imagine, design and build interactive systems to address needs and interests that humankind is only beginning to recognize.

How the program works:

  • You’ll integrate elements of computer science with humanities and arts perspectives, developing in-demand skills that companies and organizations are avidly seeking.
  • Your professors, many of whom are managing active research projects, will expose you to cutting-edge topics and encourage you to present your own work at national conferences.
  • You’ll apply advanced technologies in the context of the human experience, learning the skills required for this field’s most sought-after careers:
    • information architect
    • interaction designer
    • multimedia developer
    • user researcher
    • user-experience manager
    • creative director.
  • You'll also learn from your fellow students, who have backgrounds that range from computer science, social sciences and natural sciences to history, literature, languages and the arts.

We are nationally ranked.

Our M.S. in Interaction Design and Information Architecture program is ranked among the "Top 50 Best Value Interaction Design/UX/HCI Graduate Degrees for 2018" by Value Colleges, a website devoted to finding the country's best values for college majors.

Shani Matthews

During my enrollment at a nearby graduate school, I discovered a journal article that recommended UB’s Interaction Design and Information Architecture program as something more catered to my career and academic interests. I transferred to UB, and after one semester, the IDIA program proved that the article’s recommendation was truly deserved. I couldn’t have imagined a smoother transition or a better graduate program for me. —Shani Matthews

Classes are offered evenings (and occasionally on weekends), some courses are offered in the summer for continuing students and some courses are offered online.