Inspired by the design thinking class I took at Babson, I decided to get serious studying user experience research and design with Bentley University's Master of Science in Human Factors in Information Design. I wanted the academic and theoretical foundation to build a career on. Coursework includes writing research papers (such as "Conceptual Models and the First-Generation iPod"), design exercises, and client work. All classes are held in the evening. I will graduate in May 2016.

The program requires ten classes. My coursework included:

  • Field Methods
  • Information Visualization
  • Negotiations
  • Ethnography of Work for Design
  • Prototyping and Interaction Design
  • Intelligent User Interface Design
  • Foundations in Human Factors Engineering (cognitive psychology and Human Information Processing)
  • Leading User-Centered Design Teams (Project Management)
  • Usability Testing and Assessment (qualitative focus)
  • Measuring the User Experience (quantitative focus)