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Applied Technology & Performance Improvement

Master's Degree Programs


Graduate opportunities

The Department of Learning Technologies at the University of North Texas creates an atmosphere for the intellectual exchange of ideas and research related to applied technology and performance improvement. We’ve designed the program to reflect the multidisciplinary nature of the field.

You can pursue either a Master of Science or a Master of Education degree in Applied Technology and Performance Improvement. The M.S. degree is for professionals seeking careers in training and development. The M.Ed. degree is for those pursuing careers in career and technical education and those seeking certification in trade and industrial education, health education or marketing education. All courses are offered online, allowing you to better balance your work, personal and academic obligations.

Career fields in Applied Technology and Performance Improvement are rapidly expanding because of restructuring in the private and public sectors. This restructuring often requires the current workforce to develop new skills. Graduates play key roles in educational and business settings as:

  • Technology coordinators
  • Web designers and developers
  • Technical consultants
  • Higher education faculty members
  • Instructional designers
  • Researchers
  • Research centers and laboratories

Several laboratories and research centers provide the resources and facilities you need for in-depth study of information and technology. These centers have successfully obtained many research grants.

The Center for Knowledge Solutions empowers scholars and scholar-practitioners to make evidence-based decisions that optimize learning and performance systems to improve organizational knowledge.

The Design+Research Initiative Lab creates digital designs for learning that are studied for their effectiveness in capturing students’ imaginations and improving learning in various settings.

The Advanced Research Lab serves doctoral students and faculty members in educational computing, instructional technology and technology-based learning systems.

The Information for Research and Analysis lab allows students and faculty members to share research experiences and can be a consulting resource for the community. They can use advanced statistical software for their research methodology and analysis.

The Institute for the Integration of Technology into Teaching and Learning conducts research and implements best practices in teaching and learning with technology. Its instruments and online data collection systems have gathered data from thousands of educators in recent years.

The Intelligent Information Access Lab focuses on cross-language information access, multimedia retrieval, information filtering, social network analysis and user interaction issues. It also helps solve problems related to digital libraries, knowledge management, biomedical informatics, education and information seeking behavior.

The Texas Center for Digital Knowledge brings together scholars from multiple disciplines to investigate and consult on technology practices that enhance organizational and workplace effectiveness.

The Texas Center for Educational Technology facilitates and conducts research; develops and evaluates collaborations among industry, education and educational communities; and is a focal point where instructional technology can be created and adapted for integration into educational programs.

The 3-D Learning Environment Research Lab examines how 3-D environments impact learning and how the technology can be used in educational settings.

The Visual Thinking Lab explores the ways humans interact at the moment of image and meaning.

Attending UNT

Admission requirements

You must meet the requirements for the Toulouse Graduate School® and the following specific program requirements:

  • One-page statement of career goals and how the master’s degree will assist in achieving them
  • Documentation of professional work experience in education or training
  • Professional résumé
  • GRE scores

Admission to the program is based on a holistic review of your qualifications. Because of our program’s competitive nature, achieving a particular score on generalized tests doesn't guarantee admission. You may enroll for one semester without GRE scores.

International students whose native language is not English may substitute completion of our Graduate Preparation Course for their GRE verbal scores.

Degree requirements

M.Ed. degree

  • 30 credit hours of required applied technology, training and development courses
  • 3 credit hours of an educational statistics course
  • 3 credit hours of an applied technology, training and development elective (taken in consultation with your advisor)

M.S. degree

  • 30 credit hours of required applied technology, training and development courses
  • 3 credit hours of an educational statistics course
  • 3 credit hours of an applied technology, training and development elective (taken in consultation with your advisor)
  • 6 credit hours of special research or problems

Financial assistance

We offer several financial awards to help you pursue your graduate education. These include competitive scholarships, grants, and teaching and research assistantships. Visit the Graduate School website for more information on these opportunities. Information about other financial assistance programs is available at the Financial Aid site.