Master of Science in Learning Design and Technology

Admission Requirements

The innovative, online Master of Science in Learning Design and Technology program is an invaluable professional growth experience for qualified applicants seeking to position themselves for expanding career opportunities in the world of education and training.

With advances in technology already creating new opportunities for easy, online access to education programs and training materials, the COVID-19 pandemic shifted the transition to online learning into overdrive.

Public and private schools, universities and all types of educational facilities are pivoting to provide online learning. Companies across countless industries are now investing in online training, too. This creates a landscape of opportunity for passionate lifelong learners who have the right experience, education and skills.

So, who are the ideal candidates for the University of San Diego’s online Master of Science in Learning Design and Technology (LDT) program?

Ideal Candidates – MS in Learning Design and Technology

While educators and professionals involved in training in any capacity will find value in this program, the LDT master’s degree is focused on candidates with at least two years of professional, post-baccalaureate experience who have a strong interest in Learning Experience Design (LXD) and the technology behind today’s cutting-edge online education.

Degree candidates may come from a variety of professional backgrounds, including:

  • Business professional or admin involved in training/onboarding
  • Individual looking for well-paying jobs
  • Career changer
  • Working instructional designer seeking to expand your skill set
  • K-12 educator looking to move beyond the classroom
  • Postsecondary educator and designer
  • Learning and development (L&D) and human resources (HR) professional
  • Library science and corporate eLearning specialist

The MS-LDT program is designed to attract applicants from various areas of education and industry. This includes students who already work in traditional training or educator roles that now require instructional design expertise to adapt to the shifting needs of adult learners in both education and industry.

Candidates for this program are expected to have professional work experience, however, it is recognized that the majority of applicants may not be well-versed in educational theory or online pedagogy. To help ensure that the program is a good fit, each applicant is asked to submit a statement discussing their background, their goals from completing the LDT degree and their ideas about making an impact in a profession that is now more important than ever.

Your Application

Please review the standard admissions expectations below as you prepare your application for the MS in Learning Design and Technology:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution (official transcripts required)
  • Bachelor’s GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • A minimum of two years of professional experience
  • Essay discussing applicant’s fit with program (guidelines provided on the Starting Your Application page)
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Recommendation letter from candidate’s current supervisor/manager
    • Or Two letters of recommendation from external references for candidates who are unable to obtain a letter of recommendation for a current supervisor.
  • Note: International students will require minimum scores of 83 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or 7 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

If you are interested in applying, but do not meet all of the admissions requirements, please contact an enrollment advisor at (888) 832-0239 or use the chat feature on this page. Our application review process always includes a holistic look at your experience and background, and we understand that a low undergraduate GPA or lack of professional experience is not necessarily indicative of your potential success in our program.

You can find additional information and guidance on preparing your application by visiting our Starting Your Application page.

If you have questions regarding any aspect of the application process, please contact an Enrollment Advisor for assistance.

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Applications for admission are accepted on a rolling basis. A decision will be recommended by the Review Committee within one week of your application being submitted.

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PLEASE NOTE: Due to regulations from the Department of Education, the University of San Diego is unable to enroll students in its online degree programs who reside in Alabama, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Georgia, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin. This restriction does not apply to applicants interested in a campus-based program.

Completed Application Deadline
August 2, 2021
Registration Deadline
August 16, 2021
First Course Start Date
September 7, 2021
First Course End Date
October 25, 2021
Second Course Start Date
October 26, 2021
Second Course End Date
December 13, 2021
Completed Application Deadline
December 1, 2021
Registration Deadline
December 13, 2021
First Course Start Date
January 11, 2022
First Course End Date
February 28, 2022
Second Course Start Date
March 1, 2022
Second Course End Date
April 18, 2022