Master of Arts in Learning Design & Technology

School of Education & Human Development


Degree: MA Endorsement

Classroom Type: Fully Online

CU Denver’s Learning Design & Technology program is unique. Students combine 12-credit certificates to create customized paths based on each individual’s career interests and goals.

Application​ deadlines

July 12, 2024

Program Details

Interest Categories: Education & Counseling Science & Technology

Campus: CU Denver Online

Delivered completely online, the Learning Design & Technology (LDT) MA relies on the combining of certificate programs to flexibly address various professional roles and settings. Instead of an MA program that requires all students to complete a specific set of courses, this unique approach to the MA allows for differentiation based on your unique learning and professional interests and goals. In the LDT MA 30-credit hour program students complete two certificates on their way to the MA, leaving only an additional 6- to 9-credit hours to complete for graduation. Each certificate may be completed in one year or less, with the LDT MA completed in two years. In addition, because the LDT MA and certificate programs are fully online, professionals from all over the world may participate.

LDT MA students achieve four professional competencies through relevant, applied coursework:

Critical Digital Literacy

Become competent, creative, and confident in the use of various digital media and technology in support of learning, collaboration, and communication.

Instructional Design

Design learning opportunities, experiences, and programs, making best use of resources and engaging the full range of learner needs and strengths.


Reflect on the qualities of leadership and actively seek to infuse those qualities in one's work.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion;

Encourage dialogue that heightens awareness of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and that expose the hidden and visible ways technologies and institutions perpetuate marginalization.

Below you will find sample program plans that illustrate how the LDT certificates are combined to meet the requirements of the LDT MA. Although these are recommended program plans, your professional goals and interests determine which certificates you combine to complete the LDT MA; you will work with your Academic Advisor and Faculty Mentor to finalize the most appropriate program plan for you.

Sample Courses

  • INTE 5100 - Planning and Designing for Instruction 3 credits
  • INTE 5360 - Critical Digital Pedagogy 3 credits
  • INTE 6160 - Project Management for Learning Design 3 credits
Course Catalog

Recommended Completion Time:2 years

Required Credits for Completion:30

Admission Requirements

Application Deadlines

We practice "rolling admission" and after your application is complete, we strive to notify you of your admission status in no more than two to three weeks.

The following deadlines are firm, early submissions are encouraged.

Fall Semester: July 12

Spring Semester: November 1

Summer Semester: April 1

Application Requirements

  • 2 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 Information

To complete the MA in Learning Design & Technology, you will need reliable high-speed Internet access from home. Faculty and students use web-based applications like Instructure Canvas to complete coursework. For more information, visit CU Online's technical requirements page.

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