What are the top private graduate User Experience (UX), User Interface (UI), and Human Computer Interaction (HCI) schools in the U.S. for 2024?

Top 10 Private Graduate UX/UI/HCI Schools and Colleges in the U.S. - 2024 Rankings
1Carnegie Mellon UniversityPennsylvania
2Stanford UniversityCalifornia
3Academy of Art UniversityCalifornia
4ArtCenter College of DesignCalifornia
5School of Visual ArtsNew York
6The New School – Parsons School of DesignNew York
7California College of the ArtsCalifornia
8DePaul UniversityIllinois
9Maryland Institute College of ArtMaryland
10Northeastern UniversityMassachusetts

Our 2024 rankings of the Top 10 private graduate UX/UI/HCI school programs in the US. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

1. Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) has two graduate programs for students seeking leadership roles in UX/UI/HCI. Options include the Master of Human-Computer Interaction (MHCI) and the Master of Design (MDes) in Design for Interactions.

The MHCI at CMU is the first program in the world dedicated to preparing professionals for careers related to HCI, user-centered research, and User-centered Design (UCD). Launched in 2020, Human-Computer Interaction at CMU is part of the School of Computer Sciences’ (SCS) Human–Computer Interaction Institute (HCII).

The MHCI at Carnegie Mellon University is a three-semester, interdisciplinary program that requires seven core HCI courses. This includes HCI Pro-Seminar: Communications in HCI; User-Centered Research and Evaluation (UCRE); Interaction Design Studio 1 and 2; Programming Usable Interfaces (PUI) or Software Structures for User Interfaces (SSUI); and HCI Project I and II.

Electives for this STEM-designated program allow students to take courses within the Robotics Institute; Dietrich College of Humanities; the School of Design; Tepper School of Business; the College of Fine Arts; and the School of Computer Science. Some popular elective courses include UI in Developing Worlds; Cognitive Modeling for HCI; Tangible Interaction Design Studio; Gadgets, Sensors & Activity Recognition in HCI; Dramatic Structures of Interactive Games; Applied Machine Learning; and Robotics.

The MHCI program at Carnegie Mellon University culminates with the MHCI Capstone. This seven-month experience consists of a research and design team project with an external industry client. Past clients have included NASA, Meta, Cisco, PNC Bank, Amazon Music, Zazzle, CarMax, Discover, American Eagle Outfitters, Mastercard, the Pittsburgh Foundation, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), and Clemente Museum.

The MDes in Design for Interactions at Carnegie Mellon University is housed in the School of Design (SoD). One of the oldest design programs in the nation, the CMU SoD serves approximately 250 students enrolled in undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degree programs. CMU is one of the few universities in the U.S. to provide design degrees at all levels.

Designed for students with a degree in a design-related field and at least one year of professional experience, the MDes attracts students from the user experience design, communication design, service design, product design, and architecture fields. The program is interdisciplinary, which allows students to pursue courses and opportunities across departments. Course examples for the program include Designing for Interactions; Design Lab; Research Based Design for Interactions; Design Seminar; Advanced Interaction & Service Design Concepts; and Communication Design Theory & Practice.

The MDes program also provides the opportunity to work on individual and team-based projects while exploring design principles, theories, and tools for designing interactions. Seminars, studios, and labs are part of the program as well as a thesis and final project (individual). The thesis consists of the following six courses: Thesis Prep I-IV and MDes Project I-II. 

The MDes in Design for Interactions at CMU is a terminal degree in design. This means, graduates are prepared to pursue leadership roles across industries; seek entry-level teaching and research positions at universities; or enroll in a design-focused PhD program.

CMU School of Design graduates are employed at top design firms, global companies, nonprofits, and more. Examples include Apple, Google, Microsoft, IDEO, Facebook, Skype, Pinterest, R/GA, Mayo Clinic, Volkswagen/Audi, Whirlpool, Motorola, the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, and global creative agency Isobar.

Founded on November 15, 1900 by industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, Carnegie Mellon University opened its doors as Carnegie Technical Schools. Today, this private global research university provides more than 200 programs to approximately 16,780 students representing 126 countries. In addition to the main campus in Pennsylvania, CMU has campuses in California's Silicon Valley and Doha, Qatar.

Housed across seven colleges and schools, Carnegie’s academic programs are also provided in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Mexico, and Portugal. Carnegie Mellon University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).

2. Stanford University, Stanford, California
Stanford University

The School of Engineering at Stanford University was established in 1925. Serving more than 1,500 students, the School houses nine academic departments and several institutes. The interdisciplinary Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (also known as "the d.school") brings together faculty and students in business, engineering, education, humanities, and medicine to learn design thinking and address problems in a human-centered way. The Woods Institute for the Environment is a collaboration between students, staff, and faculty from the centers and institutes at Stanford. The Institute highlights education, interdisciplinary research, and outreach with a focus on the environment and sustainability.

Another Stanford Engineering highlight is Global Engineering Programs (GEP). Through GEP, students have access to international opportunities such as self-designed engineering internships. These internships allow students to learn about technology and engineering in a global context; gain real world experience in an environment; and build professional networks.

Established in 1965, the Department of Computer Science within Stanford School of Engineering houses the graduate CS program. Leading to an MS, this option provides the opportunity to enroll in an in-demand specialization such as Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Artificial Intelligence, Visual Computing, or Systems. The program features hands-on learning; research opportunities; and participation in the internship program.

Possible courses for the graduate CS program with an HCI specialization include Introduction to HCI Design; Interaction Design Studio; Topics in Human-Computer Interaction; Human Centered Product Management; Human-Computer Interaction Seminar; Design for Learning: Connection and Community; Programming Methodologies; Web Applications; Social Computing; Data Visualization; Computer Graphics and Imaging; Client-Side Internet Technologies; and Computer Organization and Systems.

Students with an undergraduate degree can also earn an HCI graduate certificate. Consisting of at least three courses and the highly recommended Human-Computer Interaction Seminar, this program prepares students for positions that require skills such as building virtual social environments, creating visualizations, and designing user interfaces. Students in this program have access to many of the same courses as students in the MS program do.

Across programs, graduates are also prepared for careers in Computer Science and any industry that requires a background in HCI, UX and UI. Examples of companies that routinely hire Stanford alumni include Microsoft, Apple, Google, Amazon, Meta, Netflix, Snapchat, VMware, LinkedIn, and Arista Networks.

Stanford University was established in 1885 by former California Governor Leland Stanford, and his wife, Jane. The school opened its doors on October 1, 1891 with 555 students. Today, Stanford University is home to approximately 17,325 students served 2,300+ faculty members. Nearly 300 programs are provided across seven schools, supplemented by dozens of centers, institutes, and labs. Schools include Engineering; Humanities and Sciences; Sustainability; Business; Education; Law; and Medicine. Stanford University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

3. Academy of Art University, San Francisco, California
Academy of Art University

The School of Interaction & UI/UX Design at Academy of Art University has two graduate programs for students seeking leadership roles in UI/UX. Options include MA and MFA degrees in Interaction and UI/UX Design. Across programs, students benefit from hands-on learning and state-of-the-art classrooms and access to Motion Graphics Labs, Computer Labs, and virtual and augmented reality studios featuring the latest software, equipment, and emerging technologies

Students in the School of Interaction & UI/UX Design also benefit from guest speakers, workshops, and collaborations with designers and artists outside the classroom, as well as internship opportunities at major tech companies such as Google, X (formerly known as Twitter), LinkedIn, PayPal, Eventbrite, Facebook, and GoPro.

The MA and MFA at Academy of Art University share many of the same courses. Examples include User Experience Design; Digital Graphics; Visual Design and Typography; Copywriting; and Motion Graphics and Video. MA students will take other courses such as History of Graphic Design; Future Agency; and User Experience: Human Centered Design. MFA students will take other courses such as Balancing Creativity and Profitability; Directed Study; and Professional Practices for Designers and Advertisers.

The MA program culminates with a final project portfolio. The MFA program culminates with a portfolio and a final thesis. All graduates are prepared to pursue careers in UX/UI/HCI.

Graduates of the Interaction and UI/UX Design programs at Academy of Art University have gone on to work with corporate sponsors and other companies across the San Francisco Bay Area/Silicon Valley and around the world. Examples of companies that have hired Academy of Art graduates include Apple, Google, IBM, Sapient Razorfish, LinkedIn, Tesla, Ancestry, Facebook, and AKQA.

Established in 1929 and serving more than 7,000 students, Academy of Art is one of the nation’s largest private art and design schools. Family-owned and divided into 22 schools, Academy of Art University provides more than 125 degree programs across 40+ areas of study. Programs lead to the AA, BA, BFA, BS, B. Arch, MAT, MA, MFA and M. Arch degrees. The Academy of Art is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

4. ArtCenter College of Design, Pasadena, California
ArtCenter College of Design

ArtCenter College of Design (ArtCenter) has a graduate Interaction Design program that explores interface design, human-computer interaction, and data visualization. Leading to Master of Design (MDes), this 36 credit hour program emphasizes hands-on product and experience design projects with engineers, investors, product managers, and other collaborators. ArtCenter industry partners include Google, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Ford, Netflix, BMW, DreamWorks, Mattel, Nike, Facebook, Walt Disney Imagineering, Riot Games, Honda, Blizzard Entertainment, and WB.

Through hands-on prototyping and labs, students will also create UX and interaction design work for their final project and portfolio.

In addition to UX design, research, and technologies such as machine learning and AI, the curriculum for the ArtCenter MDes focuses on professional creative development. Course examples include IxD History and Futures; Creative Prototyping 1 and 2; Product, Services, Systems; Writing for Interaction; Investing in People, Process, and Leadership; Design Research and Strategy; and Topic Studio.

At the end of each semester, MDes students will complete a Grad Lab course. This program requirement consists of assignments, weekly one-on-one group meetings, workshops, and a lecture series. In the Lab, students will also have opportunities to complete an internship and participate in conferences and competitions.

The Interaction Design MDes at ArtCenter College of Design culminates with the Capstone and Thesis. Final work will be shown across multiple mediums such as code, video, streaming, and mixed fidelity prototypes. The MDes can be completed in just one year.

Graduates of the Interaction Design MDes program at ArtCenter College of Design are prepared to pursue careers and leadership roles such as UX Designer, UI Designer, Digital Director, Interaction Designer (IxD), Lead Designer, User Researcher, Information Architect, Creative Director, Content Strategist, Creative Technologist, Producer, Social Media Director, Design Strategist, Mobile Designer, Designer/Developer (front-end or back-end), and Web Designer.

ArtCenter College of Design serves approximately 2,425 students from across the U.S. and more than 50 countries. Founded in 1930, ArtCenter has campuses in Pasadena and Los Angeles, California, along with satellite studios in Petersen Automotive Museum (Miracle Mile, Los Angeles), and Berlin, Germany. ArtCenter provides 21 degree programs in the industrial design, and visual and applied arts disciplines. Undergraduate minors in Business, Creative Writing, Material Science, Research, and Social Innovation, are also available.

ArtCenter College of Design is fully accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

5. School of Visual Arts, New York, New York

The School of Visual Arts (SVA) has an Interaction Design MFA that consists of 60 credit hours. Learning for this collaborative program takes place in a studio environment where students work in transdisciplinary teams to solve real-world problems. Projects and activities take place in the studio and on-site at New York organizations. Students will have opportunities to gain additional experience through participation in the Summer internship program. Internships take place between the first and second years of the MFA program.

Students can expect to take courses such as Fundamentals of Physical Computing; The Advanced Fundamentals of UX; Framing User Experiences; Narrative and Interactivity; Conversation Design; Service Design and Transformation; Hello World: The Logic of Interaction; Strategic Innovation in Product/Service Design; Design Management; Augment Ideas into Reality; Foundations for Responsible Design; Future (Im)perfect: Exploring the Hidden Ethics of Emerging Technologies; Leadership, Ethics and Professional Practices; Smart Objects; and Entrepreneurial Design.

In the final year of the Interaction Design MFA program at the School of Visual Arts, students will complete the Thesis requirement across two courses—Thesis I: Development and Thesis II: Presentation. While most courses are worth 1-3 credits, Thesis courses are worth six credits each.

Graduates are prepared for careers in UI/UX Design, Interaction Design, and many others across industries. Some Interaction Design MFA graduates have gone on to launch their own start-ups, while others have been hired at companies and organizations such as Apple, Reuters, Facebook, Johnson & Johnson, R/GA, IDEO, X (formerly Twitter), frog design, and Yelp.

The School of Visual Arts was founded in 1947 as the Cartoonists and Illustrators School by artists Silas H. Rhodes and Burne Hogarth (Tarzan). With over 1,100 New York City-based professionals working in the arts as faculty, SVA serves more than 7,000 students enrolled in 31 programs. To date, the School of Visual Arts has graduated more than 40,000 artists, designers, writers, filmmakers, photographers and other creative professionals. SVA is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).

6. The New School – Parsons School of Design, New York, New York
The New School – Parsons School of Design

Parsons School of Design is part of The New School. Within Parsons are two graduate paths to study UX/UI including the Design and Technology MFA and the Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Communication Design. Across options, students have access to The New School XReality Center—home to the XR Reality Lab and XR-related events. The Lab emphasizes immersive learning; supports research and student projects; and hosts a variety of workshops and meetups.

The Design and Technology MFA is a 60 credit hour program that explores the interactive, visual, and narrative aspects of design technology. This highly collaborative program focuses on software programming and computation. Course examples include xFab Lecture and Lab; Cloud Salon; Creative Practice Seminar; Major Studio; and Critical Computation Lecture and Lab.

Students in this STEM-designated program will also complete a number of projects. Typical MFA projects involve interaction design, game design, new media art, digital fabrication, web and mobile apps, wearable technology, critical design, and data visualization. MFA students have had the opportunity to collaborate on projects with external partners such as Ralph Lauren, The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met), United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Human Rights Watch, and One Plus.

The Design and Technology MFA at Parsons School of Design culminates the Thesis, which students will complete across two courses. Final projects are presented at the Design + Technology BFA/MFA Thesis Show. In 2023, the event was titled Entropy.

Graduates are prepared to pursue positions in areas such as UX/UI Design, Interaction Design, Game Design, Computer Software and Hardware Design, AR/VR, Motion Graphics, Virtual Reality and Immersion Experience Design, Mobile and Application Design, and Web Design.

The Communication Design MPS is a one-year, full-time program that allows students to supplement required coursework with two electives from other departments. Courses may explore aeras such as data visualization, marketing, and psychology.

During the first semester of the program, students will take the following required courses: Typography and Interaction; Major Studio 1; and Visual Culture Seminar. In the second and final semester, students will complete Typography and Interaction 2; Major Studio 2; and Methods and Practices. The program culminates with a final portfolio of the students best work.

Graduates of the Communication Design MPS program at The New School – Parsons School of Design are prepared for UX/UI careers in across industries. Examples include technology, education, health care, government, e-commerce, gaming, retail, banking, insurance, and travel.

The New School was founded in 1919. Serving approximately 10,815 students, the school provides more than 120 degree and diploma programs across six colleges and schools, including Parsons Paris. The New School is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).

7. California College of the Arts, San Francisco and Oakland, California
California College of the Arts

Design at California College of the Arts (CCA) features hands-on learning; sponsored studios; required internships; and the opportunity to study abroad in places such as Paris, London, Japan, Iceland, Seoul and Mexico. Recent sponsored studios include Samsung, Intel, Visa, Bosch, Oracle, Lenovo, and Ford.

All CCA design students also have access to shops and studios designed for research, creating, and collaborating. Examples include Rapid Prototyping Studios; the IxD Studio Space; the interdisciplinary Hybrid Lab; and the VR Lab. Across spaces, students have access to HD monitors, 3D printers, whiteboards, iOS and Android tablets, digital fabrication tools, and lounge areas.

For students interested in pursuing advanced roles in UX/UI/HCI, the Interaction Design MDes is the ideal option. Students in this one-year, STEM-designated program will explore design for systems, behavior, and interactive technology; create systems for interactive technology and behavior; master digital prototyping tools; create user scenarios, wireframes, and information flows; and collaborate with arts organizations and nonprofits.

Courses for the program are led by practicing designers in areas such as user interface design, experience design, interactive media, service design, and game design. They work for Apple, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, IDEO, and other companies in the Bay Area. Course examples for the program include IxD Studio: Foundations; Communication by Design; IxD Studio: Form; Social Lab 1-2; IxD Studio: Prototyping; Leadership by Design; IxD Studio: Systems; IxD Studio: Design, People, and Society; IxD Studio: Story, and IxD Studio: Experience.

Each semester, MDes students have the opportunity to take what they’ve learned in studio and apply it to collaborations with partners such as bookstores, educational nonprofits, arts organizations, and Bay Area neighborhoods. These hands-on experiences provide the practical skills students need to pursue advanced design, development, and leadership roles across industries.

Graduates of the Design MDes program at California College of the Arts are Social Entrepreneurs, User Experience Designers, Creative Design Leads, Interaction Designers, Creative Directors, Product Designers, Organizational Designers, and Visual Designers.

Established in 1907 as the School of the California Guild of Arts and Crafts, California College of the Arts had just three teachers and 43 students when it opened. Today, CCA employs 420 faculty members that serve just approximately 1,500 students enrolled in more than 40 undergraduate, graduate, minor, and dual degree options. California College of the Arts is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), and the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).

8. DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois
DePaul University

The Jarvis College of Computing and Digital Media (CDM) at DePaul University (DePaul) houses the School of Design (SoD). Within the SoD are two programs for students who would like to pursue advanced studies in UX/UI/HCI. Options include the Human-Computer Interaction MS and the PhD in Human Centered Design. Both programs are interdisciplinary with access to the CDM Usability Lab and opportunities to contribute to organizations such as XD Roundtable and the Chicago Interaction Design Association.

The HCI MS explores focuses on areas such as interaction design, prototype development, exploratory user research, information architecture, and ICT evaluation. Course examples include Scripting for Interactive Systems; HCI Design Fundamentals I-II; Prototyping and Implementation; Interaction Design and Information Architecture; Information Architecture and Content Strategy; and Usability Evaluation Methods.

To enhance the degree, students have opportunities to take both HCI and Non-HCI electives. Marketing Management; Managing Change for Digital Transformation; Game Design Workshop; and Collaborative Projects Technologies for Leading Projects are just a few Non-HCI electives. Examples of HCI electives include Designing for Content Management Systems; UX Strategy and Web Analytics; Multimedia; Social Interaction Design; Design Ethnography; and User Experience Design Practicum.

The HCI MS culminates with the Human-Computer Interaction Capstone, where students work in teams to design, evaluate, and implement a user interface intensive project.

Graduates of the HCI MS programs at DePaul University are prepared to pursue leadership roles in HCI, user experience, user interface, computing, and interaction design in industries such as software development, healthcare, marketing, education, publishing, and many others.

Potential job titles include Lead UX/UI Designer, Creative Director, Product Manager, Usability Specialist, Mobile Web Application Developer, Game Developer (Learning), Senior Software Engineer, UX Researcher, Social Media Strategist, and Senior Web Developer. CDM alumni work at companies such as Microsoft, JP Morgan Chase, Allstate, and Grainger.

The Human Centered Design PhD at DePaul University prepares students to work in academia, government organization, and industry research labs such as IBM, Google, Lucent Technologies, and Motorola. Through advanced coursework, students will learn to design and conduct research studies; design human-centered experiences through research findings; and create experiences in a specific area. The program also explores academic and the process of reviewing literature.

The PhD program consists of three phases: Foundation; Design and Production; and Research. The Foundation Phase includes courses such as Design and Human Experience; Theories and Methods in Human-Centered Design; and Designing Interfaces for Emerging Technologies. In the Design and Production Phase, students must take one required course (Communication and Technology) and 32 credits from a preselected list of courses.

Examples include Introduction to User-Centered Design; Digital Design; Moving Image Workshop; Social Interaction Design; Perception and Cognition; Foundations of Human-Computer Interaction; Prototyping and Implementation; Health Informatics; Design Ethnography; and Accessibility Considerations in HCI.  

In the Research Phase, PhD students have the opportunity to work with a faculty advisor and two additional faculty members to lead a small research project from inception to publication. Students will choose a specific focus area for the project. Options include human-centered design, learning sciences, game design and development, or interactive media. Work for the Research Phase will be completed over three designated courses: Independent Study; Research; and Candidacy Dissertation Research.

The Human Centered Design PhD at DePaul University requires 60 credit hours to graduate. Students typically complete the program in 4-5 years.

DePaul University is the largest Catholic university in the United States. Founded in 1898, the school is also the nation’s 12th-largest private, not-for-profit university, and the largest private, not-for-profit college in the Midwest. Serving approximately 20,920 students, DePaul provides more than 300 undergraduate majors and graduate programs across two campuses, and 10 academic colleges and schools. DePaul University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

9. Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland
Maryland Institute College of Art

Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) provides programs fine arts, design, liberal arts, professional studies, art education, and electronic media. Across programs, students benefit from interactions with more than 175 visiting artists per year; a student-faculty ratio of 8:1; and curricular projects with partners such as NASA, Microsoft, Google, IBM Research, and the Smithsonian.

At the graduate level, MICA has a variety of programs that prepare students for leadership roles across industries. Among MICA’s graduate programs is a Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in UX Design (UXD) that appeals to students with backgrounds in areas such as human-computer interaction, UX/UI, Visual design, interaction design, graphic design, web design, game design, and industrial design. This interdisciplinary program explores fundamental principles of interface design, user-experience, prototyping, usability, and design thinking.  

Course examples include Foundations of UX Design; Utility and Usability: Human-Centered Design; UX Product Management; Prototyping; Industry Tools: Exploration & Analysis; and Foundations of UX Research.

MPS UXD students have access to Adobe Creative Suite, Business Source Premier, LinkedIn Learning, Decker Library and Media Resources Center, a business research database, and MyMICA. In addition, halfway through the MPS, students will participate in a two-day virtual industry immersive that consists of collaborating with cohorts; networking with industry professionals; workshops; hands-on activities; and keynotes.

The MPS UXD program at Maryland Institute College of Art culminates with the Capstone Development and Presentation course. Graduates work in leadership roles in areas such as education, gaming, healthcare, and defense.

Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art is the nation’s oldest independent, continuously degree-granting college of art and design. The school serves close to 3,500 undergraduate, graduate, and open studies students from 49 states and 52 countries. Programs at MICA lead to a BFA, MA, MFA, MBA, MPS degree, or post-baccalaureate certificate. Maryland Institute College of Art is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

10. Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts
Northeastern University

Northeastern University (Northeastern) is an R1 Research University that houses 10 research institutes. Examples include the Experiential AI Institute, the Experiential Robotics Institute, and the Institute for the Wireless Internet of Things. Northeastern is also one of the top cooperative (co-op) education programs in the U.S. Established more than a century ago, the program recorded more than 9,000 placements with 2,900 employers around the world between 2019 and 2020 alone. The school also integrates global experiences into learning at all degree levels.

The College of Arts, Media, and Design (CAMD) at Northeastern has a number of programs for students seeking a graduate degree. All programs provide access to the schools institutes, co-op program, and global experiences. For students seeking advanced careers or leadership roles in UX/UI/HCI, the CAMD has an Experience Design MS and a graduate certificate in Experience Design. The MS is a one-year, 32 credit hour program and the certificate is a one year, 16 credit hour program.

Program highlights include exhibitions, guest lectures, and workshops; a cross-disciplinary curriculum that explores human-computer interaction, engineering, cybernetics, business, and psychology; and project-based courses.

Students in both the MS and certificate program have access to several CAMD labs that support research, projects, and learning in UI/UX/HCI, extended reality (XR), and augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR ).

In the Experiential Technologies Lab and User Testing Environment students develop software, and engage in interface development, game testing, and integration of biometrics tools including eye-tracking and wearable sensors. Lab resources include a one-way mirror, camera setups, and high-end computing.

MedVR is produced in partnership with Grassroots Developer Education, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit, and the College of Arts, Media, and Design. Clinicians, engineers, and creatives collaborate in the lab to talk and learn about the latest AR/VR developments in healthcare and life sciences, invent translational AR/VR solutions, and solve healthcare problems by creating new experiences with AR/VR.

The Immersive Media Labs Suite includes technologies for design, development, and exploration of AR/VR/XR, 360 video, and virtual worlds. Students have access to individual workstations and a collaboration and teaching area. Current work in the Lab includes design, development, and exploration of immersive data visualization, immersive games to study and build problem solving and collaboration skills, exploration and integration of digital drawing, painting, and sculpting tools, storytelling, media advocacy, and healthcare delivery.

The Experience Design programs at Northeastern University culminate with a final project and portfolio of the students best work. Graduates of the CAMD Programs and others at Northeastern University have been hired by a variety of companies, studios, and organizations. Examples include Microsoft, Google, NASA, Amazon, Tesla, Textron, Apple, Nokia, NASA's Johnson Space Center, ABC, Walt Disney Imagineering, U.S. Air Force, Lockheed Martin, Walt Disney World, Oracle, Nickelodeon, AMC Networks, NBC, Abbott, United Technologies Aerospace Systems, Alpha Defense, Peloton, Photo Diagnostic Systems, Inc., 20th Digital Studio (formerly Fox Digital Studio), UBTCH Robotics, and ATYX Gaming.

Northeastern University began as the Evening Institute of the Boston Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) in 1898. The school serves approximately 36,630 students enrolled in more than 500 programs across nine colleges and schools. Northeastern has campuses in Boston, Massachusetts; Charlotte, North Carolina; Seattle, Washington; Silicon Valley; San Francisco, California; Toronto, Ontario Canada; Vancouver, BC Canada; London, UK; Portland, Maine, and the Massachusetts communities of Nahant and Burlington. Northeastern University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).