About This Program
Students learn to use the latest tools and strategies for helping clients and companies improve their user experience. This hands-on approach allows students to be highly prepared for work as leaders in the information architecture field of work. Whether they move on to become interaction designers, information architects, product managers, front-end designers, mobile developers, and so on.
The MS in Human Factors in Information Design is a highly flexible course. Students may take it full-time, in-person, for one year. They may also enroll online over a longer period of time if they choose. The San Francisco remote campus also offers this IA program. In other words, there are a wide variety of options to make sure this information architecture program is tailored to each student's needs.
Students must take four core courses to start off with. These courses include Foundations in Human Factors, Managing a User-Centered Design Team, User Experience Leadership and Management, and Testing and Assessment Programs. From there, five Human Factors Electives must be selected from 14-course options. In addition, two courses that fall under the Non-Human Factors Electives category must also be chosen by the student.
Because of the variety of courses to choose from, students are able to focus on the areas that interest them the most. They may take mostly Information Architecture classes, for example, or perhaps practical training courses such as field methods or an internship course. For the Non-Human Factors Electives, students can even choose a class that isn't on the provided list, as long as it is approved by the MSHFID program director and is at least a 600-level class.
If students are already living in Massachusetts, they will have to take classes in-person. Students who want to complete the degree online will take classes at the same time as other students, which will take place in the evening. Students living in California may also attend courses at the remote San Francisco campus.
Bentley's UX (user experience) Center provides a space for students to research and gain experience within their information architecture education. Students will have the chance to perform user research, testing and evaluation, and may even be inspired to design and innovate their own solutions and creations. In terms of an IA program, a state-of-the-art UX Center makes a huge difference.
Students will have to pay around $4,445 per course for tuition, as well as other fees and expenses for room and board that could range anywhere from $510 to $13,500 (unless, of course, you are studying online). Scholarships and financial aid are available for those that qualify, as well as on-campus employment for those that apply.