The University of Miami's Master of Science in Experience and Information Design takes a research-driven approach to how individuals learn, communicate, and interact with each other through the use of communication technologies and explores the potential of human-centered design and design methods from an interdisciplinary perspective. Graduates will turn complex problems into high-quality, desired user experiences for products and services using a holistic design approach that employs investigation, analysis, creativity, and the use of cutting-edge technology.

Admission Requirements

The XiD (Experience and Information Design) Master's program welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. While specific prerequisites may vary, ideal candidates typically possess a foundation in areas related to design, technology, communication, or related fields. This may include individuals with backgrounds in graphic design, visual arts, music engineering, advertising, UI/UX design, IT, software development, communication studies, cinematic arts, marketing, journalism, or other relevant disciplines. Additionally, candidates with experience in multidisciplinary fields, psychology, sociology, anthropology, or cognitive science, are encouraged to apply. The program values a range of perspectives and seeks individuals with a demonstrated interest in crafting user-centric digital experiences. Ultimately, applicants should showcase a passion for experience and information design, along with a readiness to engage in advanced coursework and hands-on projects in this dynamic field.

The following is a list of the required conditions as well as the required documents/fees for your application for admission to the Master of Science degree program in the School of Communication. 

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution

  • The School's official application

  • An $85.00 non-refundable application fee

  • Three letters of recommendation

  • A 500-word typed statement of academic and professional goals

  • Official transcripts of all college work, both undergraduate and graduate. 

    • Note: In addition, international applicants must send an official copy of their diploma for all degrees earned and all documentation that confers their degree, with English translation for all degrees earned. 

    • Note: All transcripts must be the original document, forwarded directly from the university: Xerox copies, true copies, notarized copies, and other types of copies are unacceptable.

  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores

    • Note: Only for international applicants.

  • Copy of current passport

    • Note: Only for international applicants. The name entered on the graduate application must exactly match your name as it appears on your passport.

  • Portfolio OR Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. 

    • Note: Students can submit a portfolio instead of GRE scores. Hard-copy or USB portfolios may also be mailed to the address below. Please note that we do not return portfolios or USB sticks. Students may choose to submit their GRE score if they don’t have a portfolio. Submitting a GRE instead of a portfolio will not affect their acceptance chances. Students may also submit both their GRE and portfolio. Our institution code for the GRE is #5815 and the department code is #4599.

Contact the Office of Graduate Studies, call 305-284-5236 or email (socgrad@miami.edu), for information. 


Curriculum Requirements

Required Courses
CIM 602Innovation Design3
CIM 682UX Research Methods3
CIM 622Human Centered Design3
JMM 622Introduction to Infographics and Data Visualization3
CIM 6XX (Visual Design Communication)3
CIM 643Front End Fundamentals3
JMM 629Advanced Infographics and Data Visualization3
CIM 7XX (Required e-portfolio subission)0
Approved Electives9
Intro to Creative Coding
Designing Playful Experiences
Human-Computer Interaction
Mobile Application Development
Building Virtual Worlds
Augmented Reality
Dynamic Data
Immersive Storytelling
Design with Al
Internship in Interactive Media
Practicum in Interactive Media
Physical Computing
Wearable Technologies
Advanced Projects and Directed Research
Infographics and Data Visualization Studio (Required e-portfolio subission)
Total Credit Hours30

Sample Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
CIM 602 Innovation Design 3
JMM 622 Introduction to Infographics and Data Visualization 3
CIM 6XX Visual Design Communication (NEW COURSE) 3
 Credit Hours9
CIM 682 UX Research Methods 3
JMM 629 Advanced Infographics and Data Visualization 3
CIM 622 Human Centered Design 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours12
Year Two
CIM 643 Front End Fundamentals 3
CIM 7XX Required e-portfolio subission 0
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours9
 Total Credit Hours30


The Master of Science in Experience and Information Design at the University of Miami embraces research-driven design thinking to shape how people learn, communicate, and conduct business transactions. As new communication technologies become more ubiquitous, we must draw from various professional and scholarly disciplines. Thus, a unique opportunity exists to explore the value of human-centered research and design methods from an interdisciplinary perspective. Graduates will turn complex problems into high-quality, desired user experiences for products and services using a holistic design approach that employs investigation, analysis, creativity, and technology.


This program is designed to:  

  • Teach our students to understand the exact needs of the targeted user(s) and to design user experiences in line with a company product portfolio.

  • Train our students to assess user experiences by conducting generative and evaluative research.

  • Prepare students to advance from research and data to well-informed directions for innovative design solutions.

  • Equip students to translate complex information into effective visual forms and narratives, particularly within digital media, products, and services.

To prepare graduate students to enter the workforce with confidence and a well-rounded portfolio. Graduates will apply their gained knowledge and skills to:

  • Corporations, large and small, around the globe with design, engineering, and marketing departments, as well as technology start-ups

  • Advertising agencies  

  • Non-profits

Experience and Information design roles (including but not limited to UX Designer, UX Manager, UX Research, UX Strategist, Data Visualization Expert, Information Architect, and Product Designer) are highly desired roles by most industries/fields with a digital product or service, like healthcare, technology, communication, retail, advertising, and education, to name a few.

This interdisciplinary program prepares students to work within multidisciplinary teams in a design, management, or cross-functional role by developing a deep and holistic understanding of today’s sophisticated digital media, products, and services.


Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate extensive knowledge of Experience and Information Design fundamentals, its processes, and deliverables. 

  • Students will demonstrate the confidence to make design decisions, rationalize their design decisions, and communicate, present, and document their deliverables.      

  • Students will apply their knowledge to real-world problems, various industries, and fields.