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MicroMasters® Program in
UX Design and Evaluation

What you will learn

  • Design professional interfaces offering quality user experiences;
  • Develop empathy and insights using Web analytics and qualitative and quantitative methods;
  • Leverage insights from data in order to propose empirically-based recommendations;
  • Prototype low-tech mock-ups to high-fidelity interactive interfaces; and
  • Execute formal lab evaluations for all user testing, including compliance testing.

It is hard to overstate the importance of UX in our relationship with the digital environment. Forrester has established that organizations that invest in UX have fared better than most in bull markets and in recessions (Forrester, 2015). This is truer than ever, now that the pandemic has broadened the adoption of remote work, online social life and entertainment.

Learn User Experience fundamentals from the professors of the most important UX lab in North America. In this UX MicroMasters program, you will learn to meet organizational goals and satisfy users by applying a user-centred process to the digital products and services development that solve industry-relevant, real-world problems.

For each user-centred development phase (UX Research, Design, Prototyping and Evaluation), you will acquire the relevant theoretical knowledge and the applied best practices to plan, perform, analyze and communicate useful insights for the following development phase.

From personal financial services and employee-oriented software to disruptive medical applications, this MicroMasters program will help you develop the design thinking, UX evaluation and UX project management skills necessary to generate new solutions to pressing problems.

In each course, you will face a series of week-long challenges based on state-of-the-art research currently underway at HEC Montréal’s Tech3lab Laboratory. Through these challenges, you will refine your understanding of core concepts and prove your abilities in the very sought-after field of UX , from user interface, heuristic evaluation, human-computer interaction, usability testing, user interaction, to user experience.

This rigorous graduate-level series represents 20% of the coursework towards a Master of Science degree in UX in a Business Context from HEC Montréal. You will have unique access to the Tech3lab, an applied laboratory in management science, specializing in the analysis of interactions between technological interfaces in organizations and their employees or customers.

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Expert instruction
7 graduate-level courses
Progress at your own speed
10 months
6 - 9 hours per week
Discounted price: $1,794.60
Pre-discounted price: $1,994USD
For the full program experience

Courses in this program

  1. HECMontrealX's UX Design and Evaluation MicroMasters® Program

  2. 6–9 hours per week, for 4 weeks

    This MOOC will review the fundamental elements UX practice (e.g., UX project, key concepts, activities, roles, deliverables).

    From application software to mobile application and website, get an introduction on how to design professional interfaces offering quality experiences.

  3. 6–9 hours per week, for 6 weeks

    In this MOOC you will learn how to connect with users at every step of a digital product’s life and how to develop empathy and recognize insights that will nourish the design and evaluation processes.

  4. 6–9 hours per week, for 6 weeks

    Master Design Thinking and UX Design through user-centred design to deliver innovative user experiences. Learn divergent ideation methods to bring creativity to problem-solving, and convergent ideation methods to innovate within your business context.

  5. 6–9 hours per week, for 6 weeks

    Become a prototyping virtuoso! Master the ability to propel your creative team from scrappy low-tech paper mock-ups to developing high-fidelity interactive prototypes, using the latest industry methods and tools.

  6. 6–9 hours per week, for 6 weeks

    Master UX evaluation using a variety of skill sets and methods. Uncover the knowledge of user testing from a guerrilla approach to formal lab evaluations required for compliance tests.

  7. 6–9 hours per week, for 6 weeks

    Become a UX data scientist! From qualitative data analysis to big data Web analytics, you will be able to leverage insights from data to make empirically-based recommendations.

  8. 6–9 hours per week, for 6 weeks

    Be a UX advocate! Lead the gamut of user-centered design activities, while sharing knowledge and ensuring rich collaboration with all stakeholders across the project.

  9. What is a MicroMasters Program?
    MicroMasters programs are a series of graduate level courses from top universities designed to advance your career. MicroMasters program certificates showcase deep learning and in-demand skills to employers and can help you get started on a path toward completing an advanced degree.

    How to Earn a MicroMasters Program Certificate.
    To earn the program certificate, learners must successfully earn a verified certificate in the 7 MOOC of the program, by completing the exercises and passing the graded tests in each course.

    From Program Certificate to a Master’s Degree
    MicroMasters programs are designed to offer learners a pathway to an advanced degree and can count as credit toward completing a Master’s degree program. Learners who successfully earn this MicroMasters program certificate may apply for admission to a Master’s program, and if accepted, the MicroMasters program certificate will count towards the degree.

    Through HEC Montréal’s blended Master’s Degree, you can combine your MicroMasters Credentials with on-campus coursework to earn a Master of Science degree (M.Sc.) in User Experience in a Business Context.

    Learners who successfully earn the MicroMasters Credentials, are eligible to apply to the M.Sc. and will be credited for 9 academic credits (45 credits are required for graduation with the master’s in UX degree). They will have to take four more 3-credit courses for 12 credits and do an industry-applied master’s thesis at the Tech3lab for 24 credits.

    [this page will acknowledge the MicroMasters in August: ] industry-applied master’s thesis at the Tech3Lab (24 credits).

    • A user-centred UX approach is invaluable in all steps of digital product and service development, from early research, identifying strategic insight, to innovation, interface design, prototyping and testing, as well as managing UX projects.
    • UX demand for UX specialists is strong and will grow some a hundredfold between 2017 and 2050, as organizations around the world strive towards UX maturity. (Source: Jakob Nielsen, NNGroup)
    • The skills you will learn here such as Design Thinking, UI Design, UX Prototyping, User Testing, and Quantitative UX Data Analysis, are regularly listed in top job listings every week (Source: LinkedIn).
    • Career opportunities include UX Researcher, UX Designer, UI Designer, UX Specialist, and UX Project Lead if your background is in project management.
    • The average salary for a UX Designer or a UX Specialist in the USA is $100,000 a year, for a UI Designer, $84,000. (Source: Indeed).

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Program endorsements

HEC Montréal’s UX Design & Evaluation MicroMasters is a tremendous opportunity to expand UX awareness and to obtain training by professionals with unique UX expertise.

Yohan Gaumont , Partner, Deloitte Digital and Alumni, HEC Montréal (2002)


  • In early Fall 2021, the first full-program cohort will be available. In the meantime, the courses will be launched as follows: Introduction to UX in September 2020; UX Design and UX Evaluation courses in January 2021; UX Research and UX Prototyping courses in March 2021; and the courses on UX Data Analysis and UX Management by June 2021.
  • The courses are all self-paced.
  • The 7 courses of the MicroMasters in UX will be available year-round.
  • Certificates are issued by edX under the name of HECx and are delivered online through
  • You will receive an individual verified certificate for each UX Design and Evaluation MicroMasters program course that you pass as a verified student. Students passing all seven UX Design and Evaluation MicroMasters program courses on a verified track will receive a MicroMasters program certificate.
  • The 7 courses are self-paced, and available year-round; therefore you will be able to manage the time it takes you to successfully earn a verified MicroMasters program certificate.
  • Yes. If you are interested in the UX Design and Evaluation MicroMasters program certificate, you must successfully pass and receive a verified certificate in each of the seven UX Design and Evaluation MicroMasters program courses (UXe01x.1, UXe02x.1, UXe03x.1, UXe04x.1, UXe05x.1, UXe06x.1 and UXe07x.1).
  • There are no prerequisites to register for the MicroMasters in UX.
  • We strongly recommend learners take the Introduction and UX research courses before any of the other courses. Then, learners are welcome to go through the courses in the order that best suits them, or to follow the default order (UXe01x.1 to UXe07x.1).
  • Yes. You need to be admitted to the master’s program. The MicroMasters program certificate does not guarantee admission. The learner will need to complete the application process to HEC Montréal in order to be considered for M.Sc. in UX program. For more information visit:
  • No. The learner will need to complete the application process to HEC Montréal in order to be considered for M.Sc. in UX program. For more information visit:
  • The UX Design and Evaluation MicroMasters program is intended for those who have completed a Bachelor’s degree or have a minimum of 2-5 years of work experience in a UX-related business environment. Recommended education or work experience in IT, engineering, design, business, BI, project management, psychology, cognitive sciences and statistics or equivalence.
  • No. The UX Design and Evaluation MicroMasters program will prepare you for an at least an entry-level job in UX (depending on your own background), without having to complete the on-campus master’s degree. This being said, 100% of graduates find a job in UX within months of graduation. HEC Montréal’s Master’s degree puts graduates on track for leadership jobs.
  • Unfortunately, learners residing in one or more of the following countries or regions will not be able to register for this program: Iran, Cuba and the Crimea region of Ukraine. While edX has sought licenses from the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to offer our courses to learners in these countries and regions, the licenses we have received are not broad enough to allow us to offer this program in all locations. edX truly regrets that U.S. sanctions prevent us from offering all of our courses to everyone, no matter where they live.

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