MA/PhD in Learning Technologies

The MA/PhD track in Learning Technologies prepares students to conduct research and engage in technology-related practices in higher education, K-12, and business settings. Core focus areas include learning analytics, K-12 technology integration, online distance learning, and multimedia design and development.


Priority deadline: December 1
Admissions decisions: January

See detailed admissions, tuition and funding information on the MA and PhD admissions page.


Coursework in Learning Technologies includes hands-on learning and use of current technologies, development of technological solutions, consideration of theory and research, and conducting educational research.

The MA in Learning Technologies is designed for students interested in a stronger research orientation compared to those who pursue the MEd degree in Learning Technologies. Students complete a thesis (plan A) or a final paper (plan B). View the required courses in the graduate catalog under subplan “Learning Technologies.”

The PhD experience is based upon your research interests with your faculty adviser. To view the curriculum requirements in detail visit the course catalog and look under the program subplan "Learning Technologies" .

Sample plan of study:

  • Core courses: CI 8131, CI 8132 (6 cr)
  • Research courses: CI 8134 + CI 8135, OLPD 5056, OLPD 5528, EPSY 8251, EPSY 8252 (18 cr)
  • Major courses: CI 5331, CI 5330, CI 5365, CI 8391, CI 8395 (15 cr)
  • Supporting courses: CI 5472, EPSY 5151, CI 5651, CI 5641 (12 cr)
  • Elective course: CI 8461 (3 cr)
  • Thesis credits: CI 8888 (24 cr)

Research opportunities

Students can engage in research that ties into their area of interest. Faculty work closely with each cohort to achieve research and educational goals. Learn more about the student research experience in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

Areas of research include:

  • Learning analytics
  • Technology integration in K-12 classrooms
  • Computer science education
  • Educational technology
  • Instructional Design
  • Remote and distance online learning

View faculty areas of research expertise.

Learning Technologies Research Labs

The Learning Technologies Collaborative is a research and professional development center.

The Learning Informatics Lab is an interdisciplinary research center that mobilizes information technology and data analytics to improve the conditions for learning.

Career outlook

MA graduates engage in advanced media and software design and development, lead K-12 technology integration initiatives, and work as researchers. MA students often apply to PhD programs.

PhD graduates earn academic positions in higher education institutions and become leaders within community organizations, K12 schools, and businesses.

Current students and recent graduates have found employment in the following positions:

  • Academic Developer in the Teaching and Learning Innovation Center at Goldsmiths College, University of London
  • Academic Technologist, University of Minnesota
  • Assistant Professor of Digital Marketing Technologies, University of Wisconsin-Stout
  • Associate Professor + Canada Research Chair in Innovative Learning and Technology, Royal Roads University
  • Instructor of Instructional Technology, University of South Florida

Learning Technologies faculty


What our students have to say

Rukmini Avadhanam
I’m really fortunate to work with faculty who are extremely knowledgeable, very approachable, and who have had a lot of impact on the way I started looking at my research and career.

Rukmini Avadhanam, PhD candidate, 2023