Graduate Certificate in Usability

The Graduate Certificate in Usability offers a flexible, practical pathway to gain experience in the rapidly growing field of usability and user experience.

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We’re committed to creating an education as unique as your career path. So, whether your goal is a new career or moving up in your field, our innovative programs will get you going your way.


Customize your plan

We work with you to map your path to your goal.


Learn from experience

From real-world case studies to employer-based projects, we prepare you to manage what comes next.


Choose your focus

Whatever you’re passionate about, you’ll find the classes to sharpen your specialty.


Study anywhere, on your time

Part-time or full-time, we move at your speed, to get you where you’re going.


Full-Time, Part-Time

Entry Terms

Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter

Completion Time

6-12 months

F1 Visa Eligible


A wide variety of industries—from computer software and hardware to biomedical and government agencies—recognize the importance of usability. As a result, there has been an increase in the demand for people with this knowledge. The Graduate Certificate in Usability provides you with the opportunity to learn about the top in-demand skills in this field, including usability testing, prototyping, and information architecture. You can also choose from focused electives that emphasize practical assignments to help get you up to speed with this rapidly growing field.

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Unique Features

  • Offered 100% online
  • Students can start any quarter, and can complete the program in as little as two quarters
  • Flexible learning pathway; choose the electives that suit your learning objectives
  • Emphasis on gaining practical experience with the latest usability tools and techniques

Get Set With a Custom Course Plan

Required Courses

Complete one of the following:


Complete the following course:



Complete 16 quarter hours.


Now Let's Talk Admissions

You know where you are headed and you've seen how our program will lead you there. So let's get going. Here's what you need to know before you enroll.

  • Online application
  • Unofficial undergraduate transcripts; official transcripts required at the time of admission
  • Statement of purpose (500-1000 words): identifies your educational goals and expectations of the program; please be aware that the university's academic policy on plagiarism applies to your statement of purpose
  • Professional resumé
  • TOEFL requirement for nonnative English speakers

Are You an International Student? Find out what additional documents are required to apply.

Admissions Details Learn more about the College of Professional Studies admissions process, policies, and required materials.

Finance Your Education We offer a variety of resources, including scholarships and assistantships.

How to Apply Learn more about the application process and requirements.

Cost and Tuition

Application Deadlines

Our admissions process operates on a rolling basis, however, we do recommend following the application guidelines below to ensure you can begin during your desired start term.

Winter 2022

Recommended Admissions Deadline
Domestic application complete (first half start: January 10, 2022) December 20, 2021
Domestic application complete (second half start: February 22, 2022) February 8, 2022

Spring 2022

Recommended Admissions Deadline
Domestic application complete (first half start: April 11, 2022) March 28, 2022
Domestic application complete (second half start: May 23, 2022) May 9, 2022

Summer 2022

Recommended Admissions Deadline
Domestic application complete (first half start: July 11, 2022) June 27, 2022
Domestic application complete (second half start: August 8, 2022) July 25, 2022

Fall 2022

Recommended Admissions Deadline
Domestic application complete (first half start: September 19, 2022) September 6, 2022
Domestic application complete (second half start: October 31, 2022) October 17, 2022

Student Body Profile

Below is a look at where our Digital Media & Design alumni work, the positions they hold, and the skills they bring to their organization.


  • Where They Work

    • Harvard
    • MIT
    • ViralGains
    • Google
    • Cognizant
  • What They Do

    • Art and Design
    • Engineering
    • Information Technology
    • Marketing
    • Media and Communication
  • What They're Skilled At

    • Adobe Creative Suite
    • Social Media
    • CSS
    • Digital Media
    • Marketing


Learn more about Northeastern Alumni on Linkedin.