The Master of Arts in Learning and Design (MLD) equips students with a deep foundation in the tools and theory of learning design, technology innovation, learning analytics, and higher education leadership, preparing them to create engaging and innovative learning experiences for students of all backgrounds.  With a focus on design, the program sees teaching and learning as an activity that should be shaped intentionally, respond to faculty and student needs, and consider carefully the research and scholarhip on the affordances and impact of pedagogical innovation, educational technologies and learning anlytics.  The program offers students a chance to address learning challenges and explore how to create environments that enable the richest interactions and understanding for all learners.

The MLD program was designed and developed by Georgetown University's center for teaching and learning, the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS), giving it the distinction of being the first Learning and Design degree program to have started in a center for teaching excellence and technology innovation. Through design projects and mentorships, students in the program will learn from the Center’s 17 years of experience working with faculty, departments, and students to respond to the challenges facing higher education and student success. With the tools and knowledge they gain in the program, students will be able to navigate these challenges and pursue careers in instructional and learning design, instructional technology, learning analytics, online program development, higher education administration, and more.



Degrees Offered

  • M.A.

Application Deadlines

Fall 2018

March 1, 2018 (with priority scholarship consideration)

        April 1, 2018 (final)

Application Requirements

Students interested in the Master of Arts in Learning and Design need to meet the following requirements to be considered for admission:

  • High academic achievement, a clear commitment to learning and design, and related work or academic experience and achievements.
  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited university (or the equivalent) with a record showing promise of success in graduate studies. The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences requires a 3.0 cumulative GPA (or its equivalent) for admission.


Please be sure to review the Graduate School Admissions Application Procedures page and the Admissions Requirements Checklist.


Please be sure to review the program's website for additional information on program application requirements.

Application Materials required:

  • Application Form
  • Non-refundable Application Fee
  • Statement of Purpose or Teaching Philosophy   (please see below)
  • Official Transcripts   (all prior institutions)
  • Official Recommendations (3)
  • TOEFL/IELTS    (please see below)
  • Academic Writing Sample

Statement of Purpose: All applicants must submit a 500-word Academic Statement of Purpose. The academic statement is an opportunity for you to provide information not already demonstrated in your resume, transcripts, and other documentation, and it should answer the following question: Why is Learning and Design the program for you? It should explain your motivation to study learning and design at Georgetown, discuss professional goals, and reflect on past professional and academic achievement, with particular emphasis on skills and knowledge that make you a strong candidate for MLD.

Official hard copy transcripts should be mailed to the following address:

  • Office of Graduate Admissions
    Attn: Credentials - (Learning and Design)
    Box 571004
    3520 Prospect Street, NW, CB-207
    Washington, DC 20057-1004



All applicants are required to demonstrate a level of proficiency in the English language sufficient to meet the admission requirement of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Proficiency can be demonstrated by the receipt of a bachelor's or advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or from a university where English is the primary language of instruction (please note that applicants receiving degrees at universities in U.S. territories, such as Puerto Rico, are required to submit the TOEFL or IELTS unless the primary language of instruction at the institution is English). 

All other applicants must achieve at least a minimum score on either the TOEFL or IELTS test. Test scores must be received by the application deadline date. Applicants should allow six to eight weeks from the test date for the reporting of scores to the institution. Applications will not be considered without TOEFL/IELTS scores.

TOEFL: A minimum score of 550 (paper-based test) or 80 (iBT test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).  TOEFL information:  

IELTS: A minimum score of 7.0 from the International English Language Testing System. IELTS Information:

Degree Requirements

The MLD program curriculum combines core requirements at the program level with track level coursework and electives for a total of 36 credit hours. By taking four program core courses, students will build a strong knowledge-base and shared vocabulary. They will have an opportunity to delve deeper into one of the core areas by focusing on one of 4 tracks, or areas of concentration—Learning Design, Technology Innovation, Learning Analytics, and Higher Education Leadership.

The MLD program balances both theoretical and applied perspectives, and engages students in reflective and integrative practice throughout their course of study. Students will enroll in a year-long Design Studio, in which they will apply what they are learning in areas of specific interest to them, and spearhead their own projects. In addition, students are required to complete an ePortfolio to make visible their learning and to reflect on their practice throughout the program.