Master of Arts in Learning, Developmental and Family Sciences, Learning


Created for individuals who wish to delve into the latest research and practices on learners' cognition, motivation, engagement, growth, and development in various formal and informal learning contexts.

The Program at a Glance

School: School of Education & Human Development Campus: CU Denver Classroom: Online and on campus classes Recommended completion time: 2 to 3 years Credits required for completion: 30 Application deadline: Rolling decision

The Details

What you'll learn

Is neuroscience helping us understand the brain to inform how we support learners? How can we design learning environments to improve students’ motivation to learn and grow? How can I best facilitate learning with diverse students while utilizing developmentally and culturally appropriate practices? As a student in the concentration, you’ll explore these interesting questions.

Our graduates go on to teach and lead in K-12 schools, community colleges and universities. They also lead in community organizations. Many of our MA students are preparing for doctoral studies in educational psychology, psychology, learning sciences, human development and related fields.

The degree is part of CU Denver’s Personalized Professional Master’s Degree™. Join an innovative program that provides courses to deepen your expertise in the field of learning. At the same time, this Personalized Professional Master’s Degree allows you to customize your curriculum by selecting from courses outside of the main area of focus according to your own needs and interests. Please discuss your course options with your faculty advisor.

Choose CU Denver's School of Education & Human Development

The School of Education & Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver attracts students who are passionate about careers in education. We match their passion with an education that is rooted in diversity, technology, proven approaches and real-world practice. That is why our graduates are prepared to make immediate and life-long impacts on people, communities and the world.

Admissions Requirements

Application Deadlines

The following deadlines are firm, early submissions are encouraged.

Fall Semester: June 1

Spring Semester: November 1

Summer Semester: April 1

Application Requirements

  • 3 recommendation letters
  • Official Transcripts from all institutions attended
  • If applying for an endorsement, proof of teaching license or special services license is required
  • Resume/CV
  • Written Statement: Describe your interest in the program, your special strengths, and the goals you hope to achieve through your work in the program
  • $50.00 application fee
  • International Applicants only: Proof of English Language Proficiency (International applicants should review the following information regarding English language proficiency)
  • Admissions Interview: An interview may be required as part of the admissions process. If so, applicants will be contacted with more details.

For more information, email or call 303-315-6300.

Additional Requirements

Our program was created for individuals who wish to understand the latest research and practices on learning in the interdisciplinary field of educational psychology, psychology, learning sciences or human development while engaging in dynamic interactions with faculty. Many of our graduates pursue doctoral degrees.