Graduate Programs


Master’s of Science (MSEd) in Learning Design & Technology

Gain vital knowledge and explore innovative techniques to maximize learners’ potential. Purdue University’s Master of Science in Education in Learning Design and Technology helps you deliver effective instructional materials whether you’re teaching in a classroom or training in a boardroom.

September 15th is the deadline for consideration for Spring admission.
December 15th is the deadline for consideration for Fall admission. Incomplete applications are not reviewed.



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Program Requirements

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Learning Design and Technology Prerequisites Requirements

  • EDCI 57200: Prerequisite for EDCI 56900
  • EDCI 57200: Prerequisite for EDCI 67200
  • EDCI 56900, EDCI 57200, EDCI 67200: Prerequisites for EDCI 57300

Core M.S. Learning Design and Technology Requirements (total of 27 credits)

All Students

  • EDCI 51300, Foundations of Educational Technology (3 credit hours)
  • EDCI 53100, Learning Theories and Instructional Design (3 credit hours)
  • EDCI 56900, Introduction to E-Learning (3 credit hours)
  • EDCI 57200, Introduction to Learning Systems Design (3 credit hours)
  • EDCI 57300, Instructional Development Practicum (3 credit hours)
  • EDCI 57700, Strategic Assessment and Evaluation (3 credit hours)
  • EDCI 66000, Learning Design and Technology Seminar (2 credit hours)
  • EDCI 67000, Learning Design and Technology Integrated Portfolio (1 credit hour)
  • EDCI 67200, Advanced Practices in Learning Systems Design (3 credit hours)

Business/Industry Track

  • EDCI 52800, Human Performance Technology (3 credit hours)

Education Track

  • EDCI 56400, Integration and Management of Computers in Education (3 credit hours)

M.S. students will complete all core courses (exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis depending on previous graduate coursework) this will provide you with a cohesive set of sequenced experiences.

  • Note: Individuals may need to take additional courses as determined by their graduate committee. This might be necessary if additional prerequisites need to be acquired, for example.
  • Note: Up to 9 credits may be transferred from courses taken at previous universities; however, you must request for these transfers and each request must be approved by your faculty committee.
  • Note: Not all courses will be available during every session, and not all courses are offered online.

Electives (total of 6 credit hours)—Two courses selected from the following courses*:

  • EDPS 53300, Introduction to Educational Research (3 credit hours)
  • EDCI 55600, Educational Video Game Design (3 credit hours)
  • EDCI 56000, Educational Technology for Teaching and Learning (3 credit hours)
  • EDCI 56600, Educational Applications of Multimedia (3 credit hours)
  • EDCI 56800, Partnering with Web-based Tools for Learner-centered Environments (3 credit hours)
  • EDCI 57500, Foundations of Distance Learning (3 credit hours)
  • EDCI 58800, Motivation and Instructional Design (3 credit hours)
  • EDCI 63300, Instructional Design Project Management (3 credit hours)

Tentative Plan of Study

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Fall Spring Summer
EDCI 51300 EDCI 56900 Selected Offerings
EDCI 57200 EDCI 56400
EDCI 66000 EDCI 53100
EDCI 57300/67000/69800 EDCI 57300/67000/69800

Supplemental Program Information

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Timeline for Major M.S. Reviews and Evaluations

Downloadable Program Guide

Planning Course Work

Initially, meet with your temporary faculty advisor to begin planning the course work that you will pursue for your degree. You will meet with your advisor/committee chair prior to the beginning of each semester to plan course work.

Portfolio Review

Your portfolio will be reviewed by your advisor/committee chair every semester in order to check your progress toward development of the graduate competencies. The portfolio should be submitted no later than the Friday prior to Fall break and Spring break. You must complete the process of satisfying the graduate competencies on or before the middle of the term in which you intend to graduate.

Annual Review

A yearly progress review will be conducted by the faculty each May. Student Progress Reports should be submitted by the end of spring semester.

Graduate Committee and Plan of Study

Formulate your graduate committee and create a Plan of Study to be filed with the Graduate School when about a third of the course work has been completed. The Plan of Study is first approved by your graduate committee and then by the Graduate School.

Integrated Project/Thesis

Prepare a proposal for either your integrated project or your thesis. Your graduate committee must approve the proposal before you can proceed. After approval, proceed with the project or thesis study. Prepare your final report. Present your integrated project or defend your thesis to your committee.


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Associate Professor Learning Design and TechnologyCurriculum and Instruction
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Assistant Professor Learning Design and TechnologyCurriculum and Instruction
Work Phone: (765) 496-0581
Clinical Associate Professor Learning Design and TechnologyCurriculum and Instruction
Work Phone: (765) 494-1004 Website: Vita
Associate Professor, Director of Purdue Center for Serious Games and Learning in Virtual Environments Learning Design and TechnologyCurriculum and Instruction
Work Phone: (765) 494-9735


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