12 months
1718 USD/credit 54976 USD/year
1718 USD/credit 54976 USD/year
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The Master of Science in Experience Design at Northeastern University embraces research-driven design thinking for entrepreneurship and innovation, preparing students to be vital contributors and leaders of professional experience design teams where technological innovation intersects with design.


Experience design is a holistic and integrative approach to design that focuses on the quality of the human experience in concrete situations. It employs investigation, analysis, creativity and technology as tools to understand human goals, needs, and desires and to mediate the human experience. The Master of Science in Experience Design at Northeastern University embraces research-driven design thinking for entrepreneurship and innovation, focusing on important global challenges of today. For example, in the context of healthcare, an experience designer does not focus on the design of any one technology product, information system, or physical space. Instead the designer is charged with understanding and improving the overall sequence of events and interactions that impact the patient before and during a hospital stay as well as through follow-up care.

Northeastern’s College of Arts, Media, and Design offers three experience design graduate program options to best suit the unique goals and aspirations of individual learners: the Master of Fine Arts in Experience Design (2 years, 60 credits), the Master of Science in Experience Design (1 year, 32 credits) and the Certificate in Experience Design (1 year, 16 credits). All three move beyond design thinking to produce outcomes that demonstrate the value of human-centered research and design methods. They draw on findings from a range of professional and scholarly disciplines (including business, psychology, human-computer interaction, engineering, and cybernetics) to understand and shape specific situations—that extend across many industries and aspects of life: healthcare, public service, travel, education, entertainment, shopping, dining, and the nature of work itself.

Unique Features

  • Program includes exhibitions, guest lectures, and workshops
  • Draws on a range of scholarly disciplines, including business, psychology, human-computer interaction, engineering, and cybernetics
  • Two-semester-long graduate experience combines theory and project-based practice
  • Curriculum designed to prepare students for leadership roles in this evolving field

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research Methods for Design
  • Experience Design Studio 1: Principles
  • Design Systems
  • Notational Systems for Experience
  • Design for Behavior and Experience
  • Experience Design Studio 2: Group and Interpersonal
  • Visual Cognition
  • Statistics for Design
  • Visualization Technologies 1: Fundamentals
  • Prototyping for Experience Design
  • Information Design Theory and Critical Thinking
  • Design of Information-Rich Environments 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Priority deadline for scholarship consideration: February 1


32 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Application form
  • Application fee
  • Resumé
  • Transcripts for all institutions attended
  • TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo exam scores for international applicants
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Portfolio

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    54976 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1718 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    54976 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1718 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Boston

1560 - 3239 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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