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Online Experience Design MFA

Human-centered design utilizes research-based insights to create innovative solutions for everyday life. Prepare for a successful design career with Miami University’s online Master of Fine Arts in Experience Design (xdMFA). Our online MFA program is a transdisciplinary degree that combines design thinking, technology, and leadership development. Build your expertise and design skills to quickly prototype and implement human-centered, accessible solutions in whatever industry you choose.

Quick Facts

3 years

Online MFA duration

June 1

Application deadline for fall (December 1 for spring start)

Fall 2022

Next program start date


Cost per credit hour

Design Is All Around Us

Explore Human-Centered Design

In our online MFA program, you'll learn to create human-centered product and service prototypes that get results. This master's program is well-suited for experienced designers and those looking to begin their careers as a designer. Students who graduate from this program are designers and researchers who lead solutions to complex and interconnected problems across diverse sectors and industries.

Coursework in this program applies design thinking for defining problems and developing innovative solutions with stakeholders. Learn and practice design research, consumer experience design, and omnichannel strategies that span digital and physical technologies. You have the opportunity to learn from an interdisciplinary cohort of peers and work closely with accomplished faculty. Hands-on exercises, projects, and learning experiences embedded throughout the MFA in Experience Design develop your ability to identify problems and create inclusive, accessible outcomes.

Online MFA Program

No matter where you are, Miami’s online MFA in Experience Design is within reach. Asynchronous online classes make learning flexible for anyone pursuing a future in human-centered design. Each semester, the xdMFA cohort visits a different location in North America to research and design in context for a Destination Weekend. Past cohorts have visited places like Zion National Park, New Orleans, Santa Fe, Montreal, and even our own hometown of Oxford, Ohio.

Why Experience Design?

A career in experience design is a unique profession that emphasizes community-focused design that is based in research and prototyping processes. Our graduates work in a variety of industries as researchers, marketers and experience designers. Join the vanguard of design and discover where you can make a positive impact.


Partner with communities to discover unarticulated needs and co-create culturally relevant outcomes. Become a problem-solving leader that effectively directs creative teams and partners with stakeholders.


Human-centered design is founded on strong research skills. Learn to apply design research methods to design, develop, deploy, and test innovations.


Integrate service, interaction, and communication design processes to enhance accessibility and engage the senses.

Detailed Design

Create multi-sensory design prototypes and plans with a high degree of formal and functional detail.

Build a Future in Design with Miami’s Online xdMFA

Miami University’s online MFA in Experience Design program connects students to the innovative world of human-centered design. Explore the connections between consumers, communities, design, and technology through this interdisciplinary xdMFA program!