Certificate in User Centered Design

Offered by:  School of Information Management


Sandra Toze
Suite 4010, Rowe Management Building
6100 University Ave


The User-Centred Design Certificate will recognize the particular knowledge, behaviours, skills, competencies and attitudes considered critical to becoming a User-Centred Design Specialist. The goal of the certificate is to provide students with the foundations of knowledge regarding a human centred designing approach to services and tools. As organizations embrace digital platforms there is a growing need for skills related to the understanding the behaviour of users, and how to use this to information design. The suite of courses within the Certificate is designed to meet this need, and to develop within students an awareness of the principles of human centred design, based on an in-depth understanding of how humans interact and work with information, and best principles.

Admission Requirements / Eligibility:

MI certificates are limited to students enrolled in the Master of Information (MI) program at Dalhousie University. Each of our certificates requires completion of three Elective Courses (9 Credits). During their degree, MI students can choose to complete up to two Certificates. If an elective course is included in one Certificate, it cannot be counted towards another. The electives within the Certificates will count toward both the Certificate and the Degree.

Certificate Requirements:

In order to satisfy the requirements of this certificate, student must complete the following 3 courses:

Application of Credit Hours Towards Other Degree Requirements:

Courses completed as part of this certificate may be double-counted towards the requirements of a concurrent degree, subject to approval by the student’s supervisor and graduate coordinator in their primary degree program. Courses not approved to count towards the primary degree requirements will result in additional tuition fees on a per-course fee basis.