• Course Delivery
    100% Online
  • Total Credits
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit

The online master's degree in learning technologies and design from MU can help you develop the knowledge and skills required to design learning systems and develop digital media and network applications. If you want to work collaboratively with faculty and other students to produce a portfolio that documents your work and accomplishments, this may be the degree for you.

Potential careers:

  • Online course or curriculum designer or architect
  • Online course instructor
  • Instructional coordinator
  • Instructional designer
  • Game designer/developer
  • Academic research and doctoral study

Program structure and topics

Delivery of this program is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required.

Courses are semester-based. Students typically take one or two classes each semester and finish in two years.

Course work covers:

  • Digital media
  • Online course design and instruction
  • Web development skills
  • Web app and mobile app development
  • Rapid design of web-based learning
  • Game design and development
  • Makerspace and 3D printing

Admissions & Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Completed bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate education.
  3. If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 80 (internet-based test) or an IELTS score of at least 6.5.
  4. Transcripts of all previous college or university education. Upload unofficial transcripts in your online application. If you are accepted, you will be asked to provide official transcripts.
  5. Two letters of recommendation. In the online application, you will need to supply names and contact details of university faculty members, employment-related professionals, etc. who can attest to your intellectual, experiential and interpersonal abilities. Graduate Studies will contact your references with instructions regarding the letters.
  6. Résumé or CV.
  7. Statement of purpose.
NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.

To apply to this program:

This program accepts rolling admissions, so you can apply at any time. We recommend you submit your application at least six weeks before the beginning of the term in which you wish to start your course work.

Application Deadlines

Fall, first 8-week session
July 1
Fall, second 8-week session
September 1
Spring, first 8-week session
December 1
Spring, second 8-week session
February 15
Summer, first 4-week session
April 15
Summer, second 4-week session
May 15


  • *Core Courses (9 credit hours)
  • IS_LT 9450Introduction to Research in Library and Information Science3 Credits

    Research methods and ethics of research in the social sciences, focusing on the information professions and learning technologies.

  • IS_LT 9471Instructional Systems Design3 Credits

    Develop knowledge and skills related to the systematic design of instruction. Learn to analyze, design, develop, implement, and evaluate learning systems and instruction. Identify appropriate technologies to support learning and explore alternative models of instructional design. Prerequisites: instructor's consent. Recommended: course in Curriculum or Instruction.

  • IS_LT 9474Front End Analysis of Systems3 Credits

    Develop skills for systematically analyzing learning, or other types of systems, that need to be improved. Develop data collection instruments (e.g. surveys, observation protocols, interviews); analyze secondary data; analyze tasks or activities in the system, and interpret data to make recommendations for system improvement. Skills will be learned by doing and applying to real systems that need improvement.

  • *Design Courses (9 credit hours)
  • IS_LT 7099 Making and Education (3D Printing)3 Credits
  • IS_LT 7383 Rapid Development Tools for Online Learning3 Credits
  • IS_LT 7384Designing Games for Learning3 Credits
  • IS_LT 9456 Designing Computer Support for Collaborative Learning3 Credits
  • IS_LT 9457 Designing Computer Support for Cooperative Work3 Credits
  • IS_LT 9485Designing Online Learning3 Credits
  • IS_LT 7375Mobile Web App Development3 Credits
  • IS_LT 9461 Interaction Design3 Credits
  • IS_LT 9466 Learning Analytics3 Credits
  • *Development Courses (9 credit hours)
  • IS_LT 7099 Making and Education (3D Printing)3 Credits
  • IS_LT 7370 Intermediate Web Development3 Credits
  • IS_LT 7356Interactive Web Design with JavaScript3 Credits
  • IS_LT 7361 Introduction to Digital Media3 Credits
  • IS_LT 7383 Rapid Development Tools for Online Learning3 Credits
  • IS_LT 7384Designing Games for Learning3 Credits
  • IS_LT 9466Learning Analytics3 Credits
  • *Elective Courses (3 credit hours)
  • IS_LT 9455Formative and Summative Evaluation3 Credits
  • IS_LT 9473Project Management3 Credits

Tuition & Fees

Missouri Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $367.60
  • Fees: $65.77
  • Total: $433.37
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1102.80
  • Fees: $197.31
  • Total: $1300.11
Missouri Non-Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $367.60
  • Fees: $65.77
  • Total: $433.37
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1102.80
  • Fees: $197.31
  • Total: $1300.11
Tuition rates are subject to change.

What's it like to take a program online?

  • Earn a quality education online

    With more than 100 online programs to choose from across our four campuses, our online students have incredible access to career-advancing education. Our online courses are developed and taught by the same excellent faculty and instructors who teach the courses on campus. Whether you’re looking for an undergraduate education, graduate education, or a certificate program to further your career, one of our four campuses has an option to fit your needs.

  • Learning that fits your schedule

    Online learning provides students with the flexibility and freedom to attend classes whenever and wherever you are, in a way that is convenient for you. You can save time and money by being able to continue working and by avoiding relocation, travel and commuting costs. Courses must be completed in scheduled time frames, but in most cases, you can log in and complete course work whenever doing so best fits your schedule. Online education means learning on your terms – not the other way around.

  • Service you expect from a renowned University

    Our goal is to provide our online students with an excellent academic experience, without forcing you to make sacrifices in other areas of your life.

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