taking my UX education up a degree

What is a MHCID degree?

By day, I'm a full-time UX designer.

By night (and lunch breaks and most weekends), I'm a graduate student in the University of California, Irvine's Master of Human-Computer Interaction and Design (MHCID) program. I'm able to take what I'm learning and directly apply it to challenges I'm solving at work. I'm studying a variety of topics in this interdisciplinary field, including:

  • User experience design
  • Research methods 
  • Interaction design
  • Information architecture
  • Product design
  • Human-computer interaction

Throughout the intense one-year program, I meet with professors and my cohort during three on-campus intensives (did I mention the program is intense?). In between visits, I watch lectures, video-conference with professors and students, complete readings and turn in assignments online. On top of gaining knowledge, I'm mastering these skills as well:

  • Remote collaboration
  • Teamwork with a diverse cohort
  • Project management
  • Communication over distance
  • Time management
  • Embracing the student mindset
  • Learning by doing
  • Asking better questions

Read about my first impressions from day one and my perspective at the 11-month mark about why I chose a one-year program. I'm always willing to share my MHCID experiences and discuss transitioning to this field, so feel free to reach out to me with questions.