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Master of Educational Technology and Applied Learning Science

Carnegie Mellon University

12 months
71565 USD/year
74565 USD/year
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Master of Educational Technology and Applied Learning Science at Carnegie Mellon University is a one-year, interdisciplinary masters program that trains graduate students to apply evidence-based research in learning to create effective instruction and educational technologies within formal and informal settings such as schools, workplaces, and museums.


The professional program culminates with a seven-month capstone project for an external client. Guided by industry and faculty mentors in this team-based research and development project, students experience the end-to-end process of a product cycle from idea through prototyping.

The Master of Educational Technology and Applied Learning Science program is a union of the Human-Computer Interaction Institute and the Department of Psychology which brings significant value to the program. We strongly believe that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, and that we can all learn from each other. As such, many of the degrees offered by Carnegie Mellon are interdisciplinary. In that regard, METALS is not unique. 

However, METALS not only intersects Psychology and HCII but it is at the crossroads of cognitive science, statistics, computer science, education and design. To understand how people learn, our students are trained in applying cognitive science methods to map learning objectives to sub-objectives and finally to well-designed instructional activities. To continuously improve instruction, we need to collect and analyze student progress. To do that our students learn how to use statistics to analyze extremely large data sets (data analytics). These analyses drive continuous improvement. 


The Carnegie Mellon University mission is to create a transformative educational experience for students focused on deep disciplinary knowledge; problem solving; leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills; and personal health and well-being.

To cultivate a transformative university community committed to :

  • attracting and retaining diverse, world-class talent; 
  • creating a collaborative environment open to the free exchange of ideas, where research, creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship can flourish
  • ensuring individuals can achieve their full potential.

To impact society in a transformative way — regionally, nationally, and globally — by engaging with partners outside the traditional borders of the university campus.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • E-Learning Design Principles
  • Educational Goals, Instruction and Assessment
  • Tools for Online Learning
  • Interaction Design Overview
  • Personalized Online Learning 
  • Design of Educational Games
  • Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning 
  • Applied Machine Learning 
  • Machine Learning
  • Computational Models of Discourse Analysis
  • Design & Engineering of Intelligent Information Systems
  • Role of Technology in Learning in the 21st Century
  • The Big Data Pipeline 
  • Mobile Service Innovation

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Complete the online application.
  • Take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test. 
  • If English is not your native language, you must submit a TOEFL. 
  • Include a copy of your most recent transcript from each college and/or university you attended, even if no degree was granted. Submit in PDF format.
  • Submit your resume.
  • Write a Statement of Purpose. 
  • Include three letters of recommendation.

Tuition Fee

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    74565 USD/year
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Living costs for Pittsburgh

1148 - 1944 USD /month
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