The Graduate Certificate in User Research is intended for recent graduates, students enrolled in any graduate program, and for working professionals, including those already holding graduate degrees. The certificate provides students with in-depth knowledge and practical mastery of qualitative research methods rooted in ethnography, with an emphasis on how user research informs design thinking.
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A prospective student may apply at any time and should follow the general graduate application procedure for degree-seeking students (see Graduate Admissions Policies). Admission to the program is based on:
- Apply to the Graduate College and satisfy the minimum admission requirements of the Graduate College. International applicants must satisfy the international admissions requirements.
- A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution of higher learning or a degree from a non-U.S. institution of higher education that is judged equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate degree by the International Admissions office.
- An undergraduate cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 (based on a 4-point scale) computed for all undergraduate credits from the applicant’s most recent baccalaureate degree.
- Official transcripts from all colleges attended
- A 1000-word statement explaining how the Graduate Certificate relates to your broader educational goals. In this statement:
- Discuss an example where you combined initiative, willingness to risk failing, and creativity to define and solve a problem
- Discuss an example (excluding class assignments requiring teamwork) where you successfully collaborated with individuals from varied backgrounds
- Discuss your comfort level working without guardrails to reach deliverables through exploratory iterations. User research requires a high tolerance for uncertainty and ambiguity. Have you worked on projects without detailed guidelines where you invented a new process or concept?
6. A Current Resume
7. Two letters of recommendation from a supervisor or academic instructor
|Graduate Certificate in User Research|
|Course Number and Title||Credits|
|ANTH 540 Fundamentals of Design Anthropology||3|
|ANTH 541 Ethnography for User Experience Research||3|
|ANTH 542 Emerging Digital Cultures||3|
In order to be considered for the User Experience Research certificate, the Graduate application, official transcripts, and all related admission materials and requirements must be turned in by:
Priority: July 1
Priority: November 1
Priority: April 1