HCI Masters - Is it worth it?

30 Jun 2012 - 2:07pm
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I've been doing UX design for almost a year now and I am considering taking up a graduate program in HCI at Depaul. For those who have been in the industry or those that hire UX designers:

Is it beneficial at all for me to have this degree? Will it provide me more opportunities? Will I have better leverage for salary negotiation?

I am just wondering if the benefits will out weigh the costs of the program and see if this is something that will accelerate my career and give me more experience while I work full-time as a jr. ux designer.

Any advice/expertise is appreciated. Thank you!


17 Jul 2012 - 3:47pm
Cheryl Templeton

Master's degrees generally only take 1-2 years and are generally a good investment. If you do a program, just make sure that you choose a good one where you believe that you will be learning new skills and making good connections. If you have only been doing UX work for a year, then I'm sure that there is a lot that you could learn and you will probably learn it more quickly in school than you would in the workforce, because you will be working on a great variety of projects and with a great variety of people. If you put in the time and hardwork and are serious about learning, then I think that a master's degree is a no-brainer. I don't know that I wouldn't recommend working full-time while getting a master's degree.

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