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Trust the program created by industry professionals and focused on cutting edge learning design and technology

Study at Top-Ranked University of San Diego

From seasoned learning and instructional design professionals to career transitioners, the University of San Diego’s online M.S. in Learning Design and Technology (LDT) delivers a transformative experience that will give you the competitive edge. The LDT program offers a practical curriculum addressing skills employers are looking for.

Developed in collaboration with seasoned industry practitioners, USD’s LDT program goes far beyond a traditional learning and instructional design education by incorporating real strategies you will face every day. Plus, our faculty is comprised of experienced learning design and technology professionals, so you’ll be learning from a team of experts who have walked in your shoes.

“USD’s LDT program prepares learning designers by engaging aspiring professionals in many hands-on experiences applying the theory and design knowledge employers seek.”

– Academic Director, Dr. Lisa Evans

Program Snapshot

Application Deadline
December 1, 2023

Program Length
20 Months

Total Credits

100% Online

Your Future as a Learning Designer

You see the opportunity. The COVID-19 public health crisis has accelerated an ongoing trend toward educational institutions pivoting to online learning — and toward companies of all types and sizes investing in online training. With high demand for learning designers and instructional designers, opportunities are booming for those with experience in education and training, as well as for motivated career changers. A passion for education and lifelong learning is the first prerequisite, but employers are looking for certain specialized skills.

State-of-the-Art Online Program [Learning Design and Technology]

Welcome to the University of San Diego’s Master of Science in Learning Design and Technology (LDT) program — a one-of-a-kind professional growth experience built to help you gain the skills and hands-on educational experience you need to excel as a learning designer, and to compete for top jobs.

Who Is This Degree For?

The LDT program is a career-building advanced degree experience for:

  • Working instructional designers seeking to expand their skillset
  • K-12 educators looking to move beyond the classroom
  • Postsecondary educators and designers
  • Business professionals or admins involved in onboarding or
  • Learning and development (L&D) and human resources (HR) professionals
  • Library science and corporate eLearning specialists
  • Individuals looking for well-paying jobs
  • Career changers

What You’ll Learn

  • Learning experience design
  • Digital literacy skills
  • Emerging technologies
  • Leadership
  • Facilitating high-impact teaching practices in digital environments
  • Implementing best practices in learning design

Program Structure

  • 20-month program
  • Courses are offered year-round
  • Earn your degree without leaving home
  • Focus on one 7-week class at a time
  • Access your coursework any time, day or night
  • Convenience and flexibility

Why Choose University of San Diego?

Academic excellence, top-ranked university

Aside from attending a prestigious university with a long history and a great reputation, you’ll enjoy a practical, immediately relevant curriculum geared toward advancing your career.

High-caliber faculty; experienced learning designers

Our world-class faculty has expertise in curriculum design, teaching and educational leadership, corporate training, digital media and graphic design, educational technology, learner experience design and more.

A career-building master’s degree portfolio

For your Capstone project, you’ll build a peer-evaluated portfolio that showcases your technology and design skills and that you can share with prospective employers.