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MS in Learning Design and Technology

Pursue Your Purpose Online

Designed for individuals who wish to advance their career in instructional design and technology, this Masters in Learning Design and Technology degree program features a learning format that allows students to participate in a cohort model online.

Program Benefits

Online Format

Our unique format allows ultimate flexibility with 100% online every term. This model is ideal for both working professionals and full-time students.

Values Centered

Students are empowered to make a lasting impact through GSEP's core values of academic excellence, social purpose, and meaningful service.

Quick Facts

Format: Online
Terms: Fall, Spring
Location: Online
Length: 15 months / 30 units
Tuition: $1,565 per unit

 

 

Comprehensive Curriculum

Our coursework includes instructional designers and technologist student support, evaluation, theory, the latest instructional technology, and many other offerings.

 

Immersion Experiences and Cohort Model

We provide opportunities to engage in meaningful community-building with peers and program leaders.

 

Pathway Toward Your Doctorate

Upon acceptance, some units will apply to your choice of GSEP's four doctoral programs.

 

Average Class Size

GSEP's average class size is 14 students.

 

No GRE, GMAT, or Other Standardized Tests

We offer an equitable admissions process that considers your experience and commitment to succeed.

 

Prepare to Advance Your Career

Make an impact with a Master's degree in Learning Design and Technology from a top-ranked university.


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Months to Complete Program

2

Terms Available: Fall and Spring

12:1

Student:Faculty Ratio

14

Average GSEP Class Size

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Curriculum Overview

In this 30-unit MS program, you will experience well-rounded and comprehensive courses focused on preparing future instructional designers and technologists in program design, evaluation, theory, the latest instructional technology, and other relevant and valuable perspectives.

Learning culminates in a capstone integration experience that includes class instruction with essential hands-on practice. Under the direction of skilled faculty-practitioners, the project incorporates either a scholarly paper, product design, or training program.

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Program Details

New cohorts begin every September and January. The cohort model is designed to build upon leadership skills, support, and lifelong relationships with colleagues.

Courses are completely online with synchronous and asynchronous sessions. One Saturday/Sunday weekend of classes is taken each term. 

An initial welcome immersion experience occurs on Saturday and Sunday at the beginning of the first term. Attendance is highly recommended but not required.

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Expand Your Career Possibilities

This MS degree program provides the knowledge, skills, and support needed to reach your potential in various settings, including Pre-K to 12 schools, colleges and universities, online program management entities, staff training, corporations, and many types of organizations in the non-profit, private, and public sectors.

Graduates are prepared for leadership with many career options in positions such as an instructional and learning designer or developer, technologist, director of learning strategies, educational consultant, teacher or professor, and other related roles.

Employment demand is high with a favorable projected job growth. As a graduate, you will be prepared to increase your earning potential, drive organizational change, and help make a lasting difference for students and educational institutions.

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Scholarships & Financial Aid

Pepperdine GSEP generously offers over $6,000,000 in scholarships every year, with the majority of students receiving financial assistance. There are numerous scholarship opportunities that are both merit and need-based in addition to discounts for meeting application deadlines.

GSEP welcomes federal and state aid eligibility and veteran benefits which may further reduce tuition cost.

The Financial Aid Office is available to answer questions and help you navigate funding your education at GSEP through numerous scholarship, grant, loan, and other opportunities. 

To help determine your total cost of tuition and your living expenses for this specific program, please refer to our GSEP tuition calculator

 


Alumni and Faculty Spotlight

"What I loved most was how well it prepared me to transition careers. That was my number one goal coming in. I wanted to go into either instructional design or something with technology and learning. I’m very passionate about it, but I didn’t know how to do that. I didn’t have the skills to transition there. So what I loved about the program is that it gave me those skills." - Elias Saade (MS '20), Alumnus

What Our Alumni Are Saying

 

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"I attended info sessions from schools all over, but none stuck out to me like Pepperdine did. It stuck out because of the care that was put into it." 

-Elias Saade, MS '20

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“It's not the typical professor/student relationship in a traditional setting but rather a mentor and a coach. You are getting the academic side and a more personal approach towards your goals."

-Ernesto Santiago Elizondo,  MS '22

Why Pepperdine

Passion and Purpose Driven

Since our founding in 1937, Pepperdine University has had one mission: to strengthen students for lives of purpose, service, and leadership in a learning environment where academic excellence is rooted in a Christian faith and values.

Our graduate programs empower students to transform into the best possible expression of themselves for meaningful work and purposeful lives. That legacy is alive today more than ever, as we help students all over the world gain the skills they need to achieve personal fulfillment, lead with purpose, and make a lasting impact in the lives and communities they serve.

Reputable University

GSEP offers prestigious programs at one of the top universities in the US, committed to the highest standards of academic excellence. Consistently ranked as one of the most beautiful places to study, Pepperdine is where you're inspired to learn as you learn to inspire.

#29

Best-Value Schools
U.S. News & Report

#9

Best College Value in the West/SW
Kiplinger

#10

 Most Entrepreneurial Universities
Forbes

 

Distinguished Faculty

  • GSEP faculty are nationally-recognized scholar-practitioners with exemplary academic achievements, industry expertise, educational experience, and scholarly credentials.
  • Professors are accomplished professionals who balance theory and real-world application in a practitioner-based curriculum informed by their desire to prepare students to make a difference.
  • Average class size of 14 students and a 12:1 faculty-student ratio provides a supportive educational setting, meaningful interactions, and long-term professional and personal connections.

Alumni Network

  • Extensive Pepperdine alumni network creates influential business connections with more than 110,000 professionals. Our alumni network has 32 chapters and affinity programs in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Pepperdine alumni, faculty, staff, and parents make themselves available to offer the resources you need and help graduates build professional, personal, and purposeful relationships with Pepperdine people all over the world.
  • As a Pepperdine alumnus, you have exclusive access to the PeppConnect Mentoring Program, a global network of alumni who are willing to mentor and offer career or industry advice.

Student and Career Support

  • GSEP Student Services supports our rigorous curricula through academic advising, records, writing support, library, student groups, and much more.
  • Students are further supported through our Office of Student Accessibility, world-class facilities, and highly competitive programs, all of which contribute to our exceptional programs and rankings.
  • GSEP Career Services operates from an innovative model of career education and holistic career counseling for today's rapidly changing job market helping students and alumni construct their career narrative, build lifelong employability skills, and connect with alumni and industry leaders.
  • The Office of International Students Services (OISS) values our international students for what they bring to our campus—diversity, global perspective, cultural respect, determination, and a wonderful sense of adventure. We welcome students from all nationalities, faiths, and education systems, as they provide a diverse perspective in our classrooms.

Veteran and Military Support

Pepperdine has served veterans and their family members for over 75 years and is proud to support nearly 500 enrolled veterans, service members, and dependents. 

As an active participant in the Yellow Ribbon G.I. Education Enhancement Program, we proudly offer tuition support to Yellow Ribbon-eligible students. Pepperdine invests almost $3M annually to help cover 100% of tuition costs for eligible students.

Under the Yellow Ribbon program, Pepperdine in the VA matches all remaining tuition costs. Pepperdine also does not limit the number of eligible students who can utilize the Yellow Ribbon program. 

  Passion and Purpose Driven

Passion and Purpose Driven

Since our founding in 1937, Pepperdine University has had one mission: to strengthen students for lives of purpose, service, and leadership in a learning environment where academic excellence is rooted in a Christian faith and values.

Our graduate programs empower students to transform into the best possible expression of themselves for meaningful work and purposeful lives. That legacy is alive today more than ever, as we help students all over the world gain the skills they need to achieve personal fulfillment, lead with purpose, and make a lasting impact in the lives and communities they serve.

  Reputable University

Reputable University

GSEP offers prestigious programs at one of the top universities in the US, committed to the highest standards of academic excellence. Consistently ranked as one of the most beautiful places to study, Pepperdine is where you're inspired to learn as you learn to inspire.

#29

Best-Value Schools
U.S. News & Report

#9

Best College Value in the West/SW
Kiplinger

#10

 Most Entrepreneurial Universities
Forbes

 

  Distinguished Faculty

Distinguished Faculty

  • GSEP faculty are nationally-recognized scholar-practitioners with exemplary academic achievements, industry expertise, educational experience, and scholarly credentials.
  • Professors are accomplished professionals who balance theory and real-world application in a practitioner-based curriculum informed by their desire to prepare students to make a difference.
  • Average class size of 14 students and a 12:1 faculty-student ratio provides a supportive educational setting, meaningful interactions, and long-term professional and personal connections.
  Alumni Network

Alumni Network

  • Extensive Pepperdine alumni network creates influential business connections with more than 110,000 professionals. Our alumni network has 32 chapters and affinity programs in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Pepperdine alumni, faculty, staff, and parents make themselves available to offer the resources you need and help graduates build professional, personal, and purposeful relationships with Pepperdine people all over the world.
  • As a Pepperdine alumnus, you have exclusive access to the PeppConnect Mentoring Program, a global network of alumni who are willing to mentor and offer career or industry advice.
  Student and Career Support

Student and Career Support

  • GSEP Student Services supports our rigorous curricula through academic advising, records, writing support, library, student groups, and much more.
  • Students are further supported through our Office of Student Accessibility, world-class facilities, and highly competitive programs, all of which contribute to our exceptional programs and rankings.
  • GSEP Career Services operates from an innovative model of career education and holistic career counseling for today's rapidly changing job market helping students and alumni construct their career narrative, build lifelong employability skills, and connect with alumni and industry leaders.
  • The Office of International Students Services (OISS) values our international students for what they bring to our campus—diversity, global perspective, cultural respect, determination, and a wonderful sense of adventure. We welcome students from all nationalities, faiths, and education systems, as they provide a diverse perspective in our classrooms.
  Veteran and Military Support

Veteran and Military Support

Pepperdine has served veterans and their family members for over 75 years and is proud to support nearly 500 enrolled veterans, service members, and dependents. 

As an active participant in the Yellow Ribbon G.I. Education Enhancement Program, we proudly offer tuition support to Yellow Ribbon-eligible students. Pepperdine invests almost $3M annually to help cover 100% of tuition costs for eligible students.

Under the Yellow Ribbon program, Pepperdine in the VA matches all remaining tuition costs. Pepperdine also does not limit the number of eligible students who can utilize the Yellow Ribbon program. 

 

Accreditations and Recognitions

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Katerina Blanchard
Enrollment Officer
Pepperdine GSEP

310.568.5772
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