The M.S. Degree


The LDT program offers two Masters degrees – M.S. (Master of Science) and M.Ed. (Master of Education). These degrees include a combination of courses taken through the University Park Campus and the World Campus

Attention: International Master's LDT degree applicants - Due to the number of required courses offered exclusively online through Penn State University's World Campus, International applicants are not able to meet the student visa requirement throughout their degree program. Therefore, international students should only apply to Penn State University's Online M.Ed. Program!

M.S. (Residential)

The M.S. is a research-oriented graduate degree that prepares students to design, conduct, and evaluate research in the area of learning, design, and technology. This degree requires about 2 years of graduate coursework with a culminating master’s thesis that is a rigorous empirical or theoretical study. M.S. graduates often go on to complete a doctoral degree or accept positions in research labs or other contexts where knowledge of research methodology and application is important.

The M.S. degree is a research degree. It is appropriate for those who plan to pursue advanced doctoral studies or research work. Upon completion of the Master of Science Program, the graduate will be able to:

  • discuss key theories and frameworks within the LDT area,
  • review and evaluate published research in the area,
  • design and develop small-scale research studies to pursue specific research questions,
  • conduct and write up research studies.