Jul 14, 2024  
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog

Learning Design and Technology, M.S.

College of Education  
Department: Educational and Psychological Studies 


  • E-learning Design and Development
  • Cybersecurity Education
  • Big Data and Learning Analytics
  • Game-Based Learning and Analytics


The field of learning technology is growing rapidly in higher education, industry, and k-12 settings. Nearly all major companies, government agencies, school districts, and universities and colleges, are actively recruiting their own learning technology experts. The M.S. in Learning Design and Technology has a foundation in E-learning with focus opportunities. The major is designed to provide a comprehensive curriculum and intensive training to prepare students for the job market of today and emerging fields of tomorrow in K-12 schools, higher education, industry, and military or other governmental agencies where the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of online learning, game-based learning, cybersecurity education, and learning analytics take place.

Major Research Areas
E-learning design and development; Cybersecurity education; Big data and learning analytics; and Game-based learning and analytics.

Admission Information

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements, as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Resume or vita documenting their work and educational experiences to date
  • A one-page Goals Statement describing the applicant’s motivation for entering the M.S. program, what s/he hopes to achieve upon completion of the program, and the number of courses s/he plans to take each semester while in the program.

The College of Education and the University Graduate Admissions office may impose additional requirements. Please be sure to review the admission information and requirements for BOTH the College of Education and the Graduate Admissions office.

Curriculum Requirements

Total Minimum Credit Hours - 33 hours

  • Core – 21 Credit hours
  • Concentration or Electives – 9 Credit hours
  • Capstone – 3 Credit hours

Students either choose one of the concentrations below or complete 9 hours of electives chosen in consultation with the Graduate Director.

Concentration Requirements (9 Credit Hours)

E-learning Design and Development

Choose one:

Cybersecurity Education

Big Data and Learning Analytics

Game-Based Learning and Analytics

Electives (9 Credit Hours)

Students who choose electives in lieu of a concentration select 9 hours of graduate coursework in consultation with the Graduate Director.

Capstone (3 Credit Hours)

choose one

Comprehensive Exam

The portfolio that is part of the Capstone is used in lieu of a comprehensive exam.

During the final semester of the program, each Master’s candidate is required to submit an electronic portfolio (E-Portfolio) that highlights his/her Instructional Design/Technology (IDT) abilities, skills, and performance they acquired from the program course work. Through the collection of digital projects/products (aka. course artifacts), Masters’ candidates present not only a record of their studies but also their competencies in IDT to potential employers or institutions for doctoral studies. The E-Portfolio may be developed with any Website development services (USF Webspace or other free hosting services such as google site, Weebly, Wix etc.) where reviewers can access without login credentials. The E-Portfolio takes the place of a comprehensive exam and must address five areas of national standards developed by the Association for Educational Communications & Technology (AECT) in 2012.


This is a non-thesis program.