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Online Master of Education in Learning, Design, and Technology—Instructional Design & Development
Become an eLearning instructional design expert with the University of Georgia’s online Master’s degree in Learning, Design, & Technology program. The program includes an emphasis on Instructional Design & Development (IDD) that prepares education, military, healthcare, business, and industry professionals to become highly skilled instructional designers.
UGA's distinguished Instructional Design & Development faculty demonstrate the art and science of using emerging technologies and media to develop highly effective instruction and cultivate learning at all academic levels. Students learn to use media creation tools and technology to create eLearning modules, video presentations, and more while studying how design approaches such as games, simulations, and educational multimedia can help develop meaningful learning experiences. In addition, students study a variety of learning theories and instructional design models as they develop an understanding of which approaches and methods best suit learning needs.
The University of Georgia’s online graduate education programs were ranked #5 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in 2019, and the online M.Ed. in Learning, Design, and Technology program was ranked the #6 online Master’s in Educational Technology program in 2019 according to BestColleges.
The University of Georgia is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of Georgia.
- Computer with current operating system (Windows or Mac). Additional peripherals such as webcam, headphones and printer may be required.
- High Speed Internet Access.
- Specific software may be required.
Instructional Design & Development Program Tuition & Fees
|Online Tuition||$629 per credit hour||36 credit hours||$22,644 USD|
|Student Fees||$597 per semester||6 semesters||$3,582 USD|
|Total Program Cost||$26,226 USD|
Tuition and fees are subject to change. Tuition is the same regardless of residency. Visit the Bursar's Office website for current tuition and fees. If you register for less than 5 credit hours, student fees are reduced to $372 in that semester.
Online students pay the following fees: Connect UGA, Green, Special Institutional, and Technology. See UGA Tuition and Fees for the complete schedule of fees.
Additional costs may include textbooks, exam proctoring fees, and technology upgrades.
Visit the Office of Student Financial Aid for information about financial assistance.
Consult your employer about the availability of tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance programs.
Active duty military, veterans, and military families should visit Veterans Educational Benefits to take full advantage of available financial assistance and educational benefits.
University System of Georgia Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)
The purpose of TAP is to foster the professional growth and development of eligible employees. For more information, see Tuition Assistance (refer to the Distance Learning section).
Instructional Design & Development Program Requirements
Credit and Transfer
Total Hours Required to Earn Degree: 36 (credit hours)
Maximum Hours Transferable into Program: 9
Students are admitted in the fall and spring of each academic year. All students holding a bachelor's degree from an institution accredited by the proper regional accrediting association are eligible to apply to the Instructional Design program. The Graduate School will accept test scores as valid for 5 years (specifically, until September 15 following the 5th anniversary of the testing date). Applicants need to be fluent in basic computer skills and have proficient English language communication skills.
Application: Submit the Graduate School application online.
Application fee: $75 Domestic/$100 International.
Test Scores*: Send recent official entrance test scores (less than five years old) to the graduate school. UGA institutional code for ETS reporting: 5813
GRE or Miller Analogy Test (MAT)
International applicants must also submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.
Goal Statement: Submit online to the graduate school. The goal statement should clarify the candidate’s relevant background, interests, and goals in relation to the program. Include a link to your online portfolio.
Basic online portfolio: Include a link to this in your Goal Statement. The online portfolio or project represents your prior experience using technology successfully to design content. It should also provide evidence of your ability to learn technology skills in self-directed ways.
Letters of Recommendation: Submit three letters of recommendation online. Letters should be from individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s scholarly ability and potential for success in a graduate program. Preferably, at least two of them are to be from faculty who have instructed the applicant in a previous program of study.
Résumé or curriculum vita: Submit online along with your application.
Official Transcripts: Submit unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended as part of the online application. Send official transcripts after you are offered admission.
*The Learning, Design, and Technology program can request a waiver of the GRE or MAT on your behalf if you satisfy one of the following conditions:
You have earned an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution in a related discipline with at least a 3.0 GPA, have a minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience, and have a well-written statement of purpose. We are seeking individuals who possess the perspective, intellectual capacity, and drive and determination to successfully complete the LDT program.
You have earned an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution and hold, in good standing, a credential relevant to your intended field, for example, the Certified Professional Learning and Performance (CPLP) credential from the Association for Talent Development.
You have completed a minimum of 6-9 credits of graduate coursework at a regionally accredited college or university in a related field with a 3.5 GPA or higher.
You have successfully completed a minimum of six credits of coursework in the eLearning Design non-degree graduate certificate at UGA.
You have previously earned a graduate degree in a related field.
You can provide evidence of the capacity and prerequisite ability needed to complete a degree in LDT. For example, provide a link to an online presence (e.g., portfolio, website) that demonstrates 2-3 projects that align with degree program of interest.
- Fall: July 1
- Spring: November 15
- Fall: April 15
- Spring: October 15
Registration deadlines vary per semester. The UGA Office of the Registrar web site provides up-to-date information on registration dates.
Instructional Design & Development Program Structure
The online Master’s in Learning, Design, and Technology—Instructional Design & Development program is offered in a cohort structure and consists of a minimum of 36 semester hours. While the program is fully online, there is an opportunity to attend the annual IDD@UGA conference, a professional event that includes a new student orientation. Attendance at this campus event is strongly encouraged for all currently enrolled or newly enrolled students.
Students must maintain a 3.0 average in all graduate courses in their programs of study. Instructional Design students also develop a portfolio of products that reflect the skills they have developed and the knowledge they have gained within the program. The portfolio serves as the basis of a comprehensive oral examination that is required at the end of the program.Example Student Portfolios:
Take a look at some Learning, Design, and Technology alumni portfolios:
Maximum Hours Transferable into Program: 9
Instructional Design & Development Courses
Fall Admissions Course Schedule
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Spring Admissions Course Schedule
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NOTE: Student class scheduling is subject to course availability. All courses are offered at least once per year. Be sure to communicate with your academic advisor.