Improving the User Experience Certificate

Study the rhetorical theories guiding user experience strategies and learn how to implement user-centered research aimed to improve the content of documents.
Degree Type Master of Science
Careers and Salary Career Outcomes
Delivery Online

Certificate Overview:

  • 6-credit, graduate-level professional development certificate 
  • Courses offered each spring semester (January through May
  • Fully online
  • Tuition cost ($533 per credit) regardless of residency and includes textbooks 
  • Coursework transferable into M.S. Technical and Professional Communication degree  
  • Admission deadline: December 15

Professional development certificates will be awarded to those students who are on Full Academic Standing per Graduate School Policies 2.2.3 (cumulative GPA of 3.0) and have met the certificate requirements. The Graduate School and the certificate program director will certify that all requirements have been met. Students who have successfully completed the professional development certificate will have the credit transcripted and will receive a printed certificate from the UW-Stout Registrar.

Certificate Requirements

The certificate is an alternative credential for individuals seeking to obtain new knowledge and skills.

UW-Stout offers "professional development certificate" programs in addition to its traditional majors and minors to meet the needs of those who wish to obtain additional knowledge and skills needed for personal growth and professional advancement.

While not a substitute for a degree or diploma, the certificate is an alternative credential for individuals seeking to obtain new knowledge and skills or to update their knowledge and skills in a specific area. Typically, a certificate is earned by completing a set of limited, well-defined learning outcomes focused on new or emerging processes or new knowledge and principles applied to practical problems or issues.

Students may enroll in the certificates as a stand-alone program or in addition to their undergraduate [U] or graduate [G] major. Undergraduate students are ineligible for graduate-level [G] certificate programs.

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