Learning Design and Technology

San Diego State University

M.A. Online
12 months
8944 USD/year
8944 USD/year
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Established more than 30 years ago, we are proud to be one of the first, and now fully online, master’s degree and certificate programs offered by San Diego State University in the Learning Design and Technology field! As a student in one of our programs, you will engage in courses taught by our internationally recognized faculty.


All Online Programs are NOT the Same

While all of the Learning Design and Technology courses are now delivered fully online at San Diego State University, they don’t follow the usual impersonal format of many other programs. You will still attend class sessions just as you would face-to-face on campus; regular meetings are held via videoconferencing software that allows for engaging, real-time interaction. Not only will you see your instructor and the course materials up close, you’ll meet in breakout rooms with fellow students for activities and collaboration.

Another thing that sets us apart is our balance of theory and practice. Our courses are centered on real projects, real clients, and real opportunities for leadership and collaboration with community partner organizations. We infuse our innovative DesignLAB model throughout the curriculum, with the master’s culminating in a client-based practicum experience.

Because of the relationships among students developed in our program, LDT has an active and tight-knit LDT alumni network that helps students make lasting and valuable connections reaching well beyond their studies. Many of our alumni contribute to curriculum revisions, serve as lecturers, bring an array of projects to the table, and take on mentorship roles. Our graduates are ready for a wide variety of careers in every sector in which learning professionals work: K-12 (charter, private, public, for-profit), higher education (2- and 4-year institutions), government, corporate, nonprofit, and military.

On the job, LDT graduates assume the roles such as designers, trainers, project managers, evaluators, teachers, communicators, and technologists. Working locally and/or globally, they:

  • Analyze learning needs and performance opportunities.
  • Design training and performance support programs, courses and resources.
  • Design electronic performance support systems and mobile learning solutions.
  • Work on usability and human-computer interaction design.
  • Build prototypes, websites, games, simulations, mobile apps and much more.
  • Build coaching and mentoring systems.
  • Build VR or AR-supported learning environments.
  • Provide consulting for organizations on issues related to instructional design and technology.
  • Oversee learning management and content management systems and the implementation of innovative solutions.
  • Conduct research related to teaching, learning, and training.
  • Evaluate program effectiveness and impact.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Games, Play and Learning
  • Virtual Reality, Imaginary Worlds and the Future of Learning
  • Advanced Multimedia Design for Learning
  • Technology for Course Delivery
  • Consciousness Hacking
  • Mobile Application Development for Learning

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Admissions priority will be given to those who submit the Cal State Apply application by February 1.




30 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Complete the Cal State Apply Application
  • Create an SDSU WebPortal Account
  • Submit Official Transcripts and Diploma/Degree Certificate
  • Submit Official Test Scores
  • Submit Program Specific Documents
  • Applicants who have earned a three-year baccalaureate degree from an international institution, may be considered for admission.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    8944 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8944 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    8944 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8944 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Our partners

Learning Design and Technology
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