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Online Master of Science in Education in Learning Design and Technology

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Make a Positive Impact on Student Success

Develop, implement and evaluate multimedia instructional materials, and explore ways to bring instructional design to industries outside of the educational field. You'll graduate ready to make a positive impact on each and every one of your students in settings from nonprofits to government, and traditional classrooms to conference rooms.


100% Online Coursework


No Residency Required


#21 in Best Online Education Programs — U.S. News & World Report


22 Months to Graduate

Advance the Learning of Children and Adults

Maximize your learners' potential by delivering effective instructional materials no matter where, or who, you're teaching with Purdue University's online Master of Science in Education in Learning Design and Technology (MSEd in LDT).

Elevate Traditional Classroom Learning

K–12 teachers, administrators and dedicated learning managers graduate ready to integrate technology and create optimal learning materials that help students of all ages and abilities reach their full potential.

The online MSEd in Learning Design and Technology program prepares you to facilitate more effective learning in the classroom and become an invaluable asset to your school or district.

Advance Employees’ Knowledge

Corporate trainers, instructional designers, e-learning managers and other corporate educators use the latest tools, strategies, processes, and practices to employ technology in corporate training and development. In doing so you become an important asset to any organization that values growth and productivity — which means job security and greater earning potential after graduation.

Show Your Skills in Less Time

At Purdue, we give you the unique opportunity to show employers your new skills by earning competency and technology badges as you work through the 22-month MSEd in LDT curriculum. Upon graduation, you will have created a viable portfolio that immediately gives you a competitive advantage in the job market. 

The competency and technology badges also serve as alternative credentials to your degree. With badges, you can show employers that Purdue has certified your competence in a particular professional skill or technology without having to wait until you finish the entire program.

Competency Badges

The competency badges demonstrate your ability to design, implement and evaluate instruction and training programs that address specific needs. 

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Technology Badges

The technology badges display your knowledge of distinct instructional tools — of which there are currently over 45 available, with more added each year.

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Discover a Rigorous Curriculum

Master current, proven learning methods and educational technologies through a rigorous online curriculum taught by leaders in the fields of learning experience design and emerging educational technology.

When you graduate with an MSEd in LDT, you have a deep understanding of:

  • New Approaches to Learning — You understand and apply best practices in education and corporate training by engaging in authentic instructional design activities and solving real instructional design problems.
  • Instructional Design Principles — You use technology to develop effective training and support materials by applying instructional design theory and principles.
  • Instructional Materials and Technology — You design, develop and implement courses, tools and learning programs that support a variety of learning outcomes, whether in K–12, higher education or corporate environments.

The curriculum of the online MSEd in Learning Design and Technology incorporates the latest research in learning theory, educational technology and instructional design principles and encourages students to use their work experience as a framework for study.

The program is not only taught, but was also designed by the same world-class faculty members that head our on-campus courses, alongside adjunct professors who bring years of experience and new ideas to the classroom. The only difference between the on-campus and online programs is the added flexibility to earn your masters when and where it's most convenient for you.

Explore Diverse Career Opportunities

Instructional Coordinators, including Instructional Designers, earned a median annual salary of $63,750 in 2017, with employment opportunities projected to grow 11 percent by 2026 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.1

Earning your MSEd in LDT provides you with countless options when it comes to your career. With a wide variety of settings in need of your new skills, you'll find opportunities across industries from military and government to the private sector.

Explore Careers

Admissions decisions are based on individual experience and the applicant’s fit with the program.

To be considered for admission, students must complete a phone interview with an admissions advisor and submit a completed application as well as the following items:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • An updated resume
  • A 500-word (minimum) personal statement
  • Official transcripts from all universities attended, including transfer credits
  • (3) professional letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your abilities
  • An application fee of $60 ($75 for international students)

In addition to the admission requirements noted on the first tab, international students must also provide the following information.

  • Official transcripts from all universities attended in the original language as well as English translation for transcripts and diplomas not in English.
  • Non-native English speakers must also submit the following.
    • TOEFL test scores that are less than two years old and meet the following requirements:
      • Minimum Overall: 80
      • Writing: 18
      • Speaking: 18
      • Listening: 14
      • Reading: 19
    • IELTS test scores that are less than two years old and meet the following requirements:
      • Minimum Overall: 6.5
      • Writing: 6.5
      • Speaking: 6.0
      • Listening: 6.0
      • Reading: 5.5

Prior to starting your online application, you must first complete a phone interview with an admissions advisor. To schedule your phone interview, call 877-497-5851.

Once you have completed your phone interview, you are ready to complete the online application.

If you have any questions about filling out the application, request more information or call 877-497-5851 to speak with an admissions advisor.

What’s It Like to Learn Online?

  • Will my diploma look different from the on-campus programs?

    No. Both on-campus and online programs earn the same diploma. Online students are also invited to participate in the graduation ceremony on campus upon program completion.

  • How do online classes work?

    Most coursework is asynchronous, meaning that there are not specific times that you need to be online. When you start the program, you will be given access to a virtual classroom interface. Your instructor will post coursework, syllabi, assignments, and messages every week. You will also use discussion boards, e-mail, and chat to communicate with your classmates and your instructor. You can log on and do your coursework at any time that is convenient for you, but you must turn in your assignments by the deadlines your instructor sets.

  • How much time should I allow for doing homework and completing assignments?

    As in an on-campus program, you should plan on devoting about 15 to 20 hours a week to coursework, depending on your study habits.

  • What if I have a question about homework or need help with a technical issue?

    The faculty and staff at Purdue are dedicated to your success at the University and in the future. Your instructor will set weekly times for one-on-one electronic consultations and will answer emails in a timely fashion. Technical support is available to help you handle hardware and software issues, and we have dedicated staff available to talk to you about financial aid, scheduling, or any other administrative issues.

Current Tuition Rates and Fees* In-State Out-of-State
Tuition Rate $354.04 $675.00

Technology Fee (per credit hour)

$7.55 $7.55
Repair & Rehabilitation Fee (per credit hour) $11.25 $11.25
Digital Education Fee (per credit hour) $50.00 $50.00
Total Cost Per Credit Hour $422.85 $743.80
Total Credit Hours 35 35
Total Program Cost $14,799.75 $26,033.00


*Tuition and fees are charged on a per credit hour basis and are subject to annual increases. Annual increases may change the total program cost. The rate and fees above are effective for the 2019–2020 school year. Although Purdue faculty and staff fee remissions may be available to the online MSEd in Learning Design and Technology program, special rates are available for Purdue West faculty, staff and alumni. Please discuss your options with an admissions advisor.

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To learn more about Purdue University's Master of Science in Education in Learning Design and Technology, request more information or call 877-497-5851 to speak to an admissions advisor.

NOTES AND CONDITIONS - PLEASE READ

1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Instructional Coordinators, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/instructional-coordinators.htm (visited October 22, 2018).