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Master's Degree Program

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Earn you master's in Learning Technologies online in 14 months. Learn more.

The Master of Science degree in Learning Technologies at the University of North Texas gives you the foundation in learning and educational technologies required to create, deliver and enhance learning experiences in a variety of contexts.

Our rigorous and accredited curriculum explores human learning and cognition, instructional design, educational tools and technologies, and computers in education and how they influence learning and instruction. Armed with this knowledge and associated skills, you'll be prepared for dynamic roles in instructional design and technology in academic and corporate settings.

Innovative course delivery and degree tracks Course work can be completed in a traditional classroom environment or as part of an accelerated online program. The AOP option allows you to earn a degree in as few as 14 months. More information about this option is available at our website .

You can pursue degree tracks in instructional systems, instructional systems technology, instructional systems design, and teaching and learning with technology. Some tracks have additional specializations.

The following program certificates, which can be completed in 12 credit hours, are also available:

  • Distance, distributed and virtual learning
  • Emerging technologies
  • Instructional systems design
  • Technology integration
  • Technology and autism
  • Technology and cognition
  • Web development and management

Our program is enhanced by nationally and internationally recognized faculty members who have expertise in learning technologies and other related fields.

UNT provides a wide variety of services exclusively to graduate students. The Graduate Student Writing Support office can help you with writing, and the Center for Interdisciplinary Research offers assistance with statistical research.

Available degree tracks

Instructional Systems

This track provides theoretical and research foundations, tools and experience focused on instructional systems. You're immersed in creating, managing and evaluating instructional systems.

Competencies are demonstrated through course work on using different systems, technologies and media in various applications.

You'll be prepared to work in educational and instructional technology areas as developers of instructional design and media projects, processes and outcomes in corporate, higher education, K-20 and other instructional and training environments. The track is provided in both normal and accelerated delivery.

Instructional Systems Technology

This area expands on the Instructional Systems track by focusing on systems and technology used in the delivery of learning. You'll be prepared to work in the same areas as the IS track as well as become directors, managers or developers of learning systems technology.

Competencies are demonstrated through course work on different systems, technologies and media in various applications. Graduates work in corporate, higher education, K-20 and other instructional and training environments.

Instructional Systems Design

This track involves the practice of maximizing the effectiveness, efficiency and appeal of instruction and other learning experiences. The process consists of determining the learner's current state and needs, defining the end goal of instruction and creating instruction to assist in the transition.

The process is informed by pedagogically-tested theories of learning. You'll be prepared to work as instructional systems designers in academic or corporate settings.

Teaching And Learning With Technology

This area is designed for educational professionals serving in administrative, teaching or research positions in a variety of educational settings, especially positions in K-20 and higher education. It enables professionals to select and evaluate appropriate technology tools based on the student's needs and curricula.

The track focuses on theoretical foundations, technology skills, technology integration strategies for teaching and learning, active research, innovations in technology and paradigms for effective online delivery assessment.

The degree emphasizes application-oriented technology skills that are valuable for independent study and research, classroom teaching and personal and professional projects.

Research centers and laboratories

To help you pursue your master's degree, you'll have access to the:

  • Center for Knowledge Solutions
  • Institute for the Integration of Technology into Teaching and Learning
  • Advanced Research Lab
  • Texas Center for Educational Technology
  • Technology and Applied Research in Autism Laboratory

The E. Bruce Street Award brings nationally recognized individuals to campus to work with students and faculty members. It also allows for the exchange of ideas among scholars at UNT, other school systems in Texas and other universities across the country.

Attending UNT

Admission requirements

You'll need to meet the admission requirements for the graduate school and the following set of program requirements:

  • Two completed recommendation forms from individuals familiar with your critical thinking skills and ability to work independently and in groups (The forms are available at our website.)
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae that includes previous work or educational experiences
  • 1,000- to 1,500-word personal statement highlighting overall career goals with a brief description of professional goals in regard to work and further education; link goals to relevant educational experiences and strengths; description of critical thinking and writing abilities; and a summary of technology skills

Degree requirements

You must file a degree plan within the first 12 credit hours after being admitted to the program. A copy of your approved degree plan will be sent to you for documentation and reference purposes.

Any deviations from your approved degree plan will require an official degree plan change. The degree requirements are:

  • 24 credit hours of core and foundations courses
  • 12 credit hours of program track or electives defined by the track

All courses for the Instructional Systems, Instructional Systems Technology, Instructional System Design and Teaching and Learning With Technology tracks are available online. For specific information about course requirements, visit our website.

Financial assistance

Information about financial assistance programs is available at the financial aid website.