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Masters (MS) in Learning Design & Technology

Become an expert in designing and delivering online, hybrid, and in-person learning by earning a master's degree in Learning, Design and Technology. The program prepares you to create compelling learning experiences that reflect evidence-based best practices and improve performance at schools, companies, and organizations. Our graduates work in the training and education sectors across K-12 and higher education, business, industry, and medical and military services.

This program offers rank change and endorsement opportunities to Kentucky teachers (Rank I, Rank II, and Instructional Computer Technology endorsement).

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At a Glance

Fall 2024

Application Due Date:
07/26/2024
Start Date:
08/26/2024

Spring 2025

Application Due Date:
12/13/2024
Start Date:
01/13/2025

Summer 2025

Application Due Date:
04/19/2025
Start Date:
05/19/2025

Credits and Tuition Cost (2023-2024)

Credits Required: 30
Cost Per Credit: $737.00

Format

Fully Online

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Note: This program was formerly known as "Instructional Systems Design"

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Masters in Learning Design & Technology overview

Program format
Format
Fully Online
Total credits
Total Credits
30
Degree awarded
Degree Awarded
MS

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What You'll Learn

Overview
  • Conduct needs assessments to identify the training needs of an organization targeting at improving performance.
  • Identify instructional goals tailored to address organizational needs, and develop evidence-based instructional and evaluation strategies.
  • Analyze performance data and employ data-driven techniques to evaluate existing learning solutions.
  • Develop engaging e-learning content using industry standard computer programs like Articulate 360, Adobe Captivate and Creative Cloud, Camtasia, and game-based learning applications.
  • Complete projects that will enhance your portfolio by working closely with esteemed faculty who guide students on both research and practice.

Students have the option to complete a graduate certificate in Distance Education, which can be embedded as part of their degree's program of study.

Students will be required to attend scheduled live class meetings online, bi-weekly or as scheduled. 

Course Examples

  • EDC 547 Technology in Instructional Practice
  • EDC 607 Instructional Design I
  • EDC 608 Instructional Design II
  • EDC 543 Digital Game-based Learning
  • EDC 548 Instructional Technology Leadership
  • EDC 605 Distance Learning Research and Design
  • EDC 611 Authoring Applications for E-learning
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How to Apply

Application Requirements

Standard graduate application requirements apply.

  • Resume
  • A personal statement: What is your background? What do you hope to gain from this program? How will it support your career aspirations? 
  • Three (3) professional recommendations (Only an email address is required. Our system will ask them to upload their letter.)

Admissions Criteria

Standard graduate admission requirements apply.

You do NOT have to be a teacher or hold a degree in education to study Learning Design & Technology

Program Contact

Dr. Kun Huang
Program Director, Associate Professor

Deadlines

Fall 2024

Application Due Date:
07/26/2024
Start Date:
08/26/2024

Spring 2025

Application Due Date:
12/13/2024
Start Date:
01/13/2025

Summer 2025

Application Due Date:
04/19/2025
Start Date:
05/19/2025

Distance Learning

Licensure & Authorization

Where you live matters when completing distance education activities. If you will live outside of Kentucky while completing your program, please check the Distance Learning Authorization & Licensure page to confirm that the program can be offered in your state or country, and if relevant, that it meets professional licensure requirements in your state. Please note: Admission and enrollment in a fully-online program can NOT lead to the issuance of a J-1 or F-1 student visa. 

AUTHORIZATION & LICENSURE INFO
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University of Kentucky has been approved to participate in State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements.

Student Support

Once you become a student, you will have access to a wide variety of academic support services to maximize your success. These services are available completely online to meet the needs of our online students.

Why UK Online

No GRE

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No test scores required.

One tuition rate

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Pay the same online tuition rate, no matter where you live.

Grad tuition cap

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Save money by paying for only 9 standard credit hours per semester, even if you take more.

Be Supported

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Access supporting services and success coaches to help you succeed.

Testimonial

Krystal Smock
The program at UK was manageable with a fully online program, even while working full-time. Before graduation, I accepted a role with MetroNet as their first Instructional Designer and now my life is completely different.
Krystal Smock
MS, Instructional Systems Design alumni (now Learning Design and Technology)
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