Boost your career by gaining skills and knowledge that can help you design and operate the learning platforms of the future.

The Master of Science in learning design and technology at University of Maryland University College can help you gain the skills and competencies you need to use emerging technologies, data analytics, and emerging learning theory to design adaptive and personalized online learning experiences. You can explore, develop, and integrate digital media, new pedagogical approaches, and online interactive resources to give students greater access to education and prepare them for success.

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2016–2017 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit the catalog archive in the Current Students section.

About the Learning Design and Technology Master's Degree

In addition to hands-on coursework, you will conduct an online internship in education or business, in which you will design real-world online learning programs.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Apply learning sciences to design and implement transformative, personalized online and hybrid learning experiences
  • Identify and apply learning analytics, current research, and theory to optimize the online learning environment
  • Analyze data and create visualization models to inform learning design
  • Create authentic assessment strategies to evaluate online learning
  • Select, evaluate, and design media and technologies to support learning online
  • Communicate effectively online and in print using visual, oral, and written formats
  • Initiate and lead learning design projects
  • Evaluate legal and ethical issues and develop appropriate strategies for online learning projects
  • Use social media tools to create a personal learning network for ongoing professional development

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Research, propose, and design an adaptive and personalized online course
  • Create a scope and sequence document used to initiate and organize work of a design project
  • Analyze a learning design project and create a risk management plan
  • Collect and analyze online learner data to create a data visualization of results that influence curricular and instructional design changes
  • Identify and incorporate adaptive learning elements to information course design
  • Interview subject matter experts to initiate and develop the design specifications for an online learning project
  • Identify, lead, and promote collaboration and relationships between stakeholders critical to the learning design process
  • Develop interactive instructional materials
  • Use social media tools to create a personal learning network for ongoing professional development

Learning Design and Technology Master's Degree Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Master's Courses

Core Courses

  • DCL 600
  • LDT 610
  • LDT 620
  • LDT 630
  • LDT 640
  • LDT 670

All courses must be taken in the order listed. 

You must complete each course with a grade of B or better to advance to the next course. The grade of C is not available for these courses. 

The courses in this program will have seven-day and 60-day options for the grade of Incomplete.

If you wish to improve your graduate writing skills, you may take ASC 601.

Other Requirements

  • You must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher at all times.
  • All degree requirements must be fulfilled within five consecutive years.
  • Any transfer credits must have been earned within the five-year time frame to be applied toward a graduate degree.