What will I learn?

The MA Program in Applied Cognitive Psychology: User Experience offers you training in cognitive psychology research and theory, with a focus on how human information processing informs the design of products and services.

User Experience (UX) is an empirical approach that puts human needs, cognitive capabilities, and behavior first, and then designs to accommodate them. Good design starts with an understanding of psychology and technology, and requires successful communication, especially from machine to person, about what is happening, what is about to happen, and what actions are possible. In this program, you will study the cognitive principles most relevant to determining human capabilities and design needs, and develop empirical methods for assessing the effectiveness of implemented designs and the overall user experience.


This 48-unit terminal MA program will train you in three critical domains: cognitive psychology, user experience, and research methods and statistics.

A unique feature of this program is the practice component: you will be required to do either a field internship or a practicum project in human-centered design, to be completed as an independent study project with a core faculty member in the program.

UX researchers are highly employable, and land jobs at companies across a broad range of industries, from tech to healthcare. Read the Nielsen Norman Group report on UX careers.

Which department am I in?

School of Social Science, Policy and Evaluation

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
US$47,520.00 per year
USD $1,980 per unit

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2019


School of Social Science, Policy and Evaluation

150 E. Tenth Street,



91711, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. The school also requires a minimum standard of a B average in undergraduate coursework (3.0 on a 4.0 scale).

For international students

Applicants who hold an undergraduate or advanced degree, or will not have earned such a degree prior to enrolling at CGU, from an institution in the US or in countries where English is the sole official language of instruction.

A minimum TOEFL score of 95 iBT or a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 with no sub-score lower than 6.5 is required for direct-entry admission. Admitted students who score below 95 iBT on the TOEFL, or below 7.0 on the IELTS, will be required to successfully complete ISP (earning a grade of B or higher in each required ISP course) prior to beginning their degree programs.

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About this uni

Being part of the reputable Claremont Colleges, students at CGU enjoy access to superior resources and services.

  • A pioneer in higher education
  • Offers students industry-specific courses
  • CGU faculty are widely recognized as leaders in their fields
  • All students are considered for merit-based fellowships