Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences: MS
ITLS is an interdisciplinary field that focuses on understanding teaching and learning as they occur in school, online, in the workplace, at home, and in the community. It also addresses the design of environments with the potential to facilitate learning and development more effectively. Additionally, students can focus on the use of emerging technologies and their potential to work as a support for learning or to promote change in learning.
Students with bachelor’s degrees in any area can earn a graduate degree in ITLS, and it is particularly beneficial to those with backgrounds in graphic arts, business administration, management information systems, computer science, technical writing, and more. Students focus on the core areas of theory and design and learn to use design skills and other technologies in a variety of business areas, customized to specific career goals.
The goal of the MS program is to prepare individuals for careers in instructional design and development in business, industry, government, and education. Positions range from highly design-oriented jobs requiring extensive instructional development skills to product development-oriented jobs requiring skills in media production.
This program prepares people to handle a variety of possible positions. Graduates can use these skills in preparing educational materials for visitors at nature centers, historical sites, and other places that aim to educate the public. They can also design distance-learning classrooms and use the skills learned in their graduate program in the field of education.
USU Instructional Technology & Learning Science:
Master of Learning Technologies & Instructional Design
Instructional Technology - MS
*The instructional technology and learning sciences degree is available online without a specialization.
Students are welcome from any undergraduate background.
- Complete the online application
- Pay the application fee
- Score at or above the 40th percentile on in the GRE or MAT (GRE only for PhD)
- Have a 3.0 or higher GPA on your last 60 semester or 90 quarter credits
- Provide transcripts of all college/university credits
- Provide three contacts for letters of recommendation
International students have additional admissions requirements.
Graduate assistantships are available through the department, both through department funds and faculty grants. The availability of these assistantships varies from year to year; check with the department for more information.
A variety of additional funding opportunities are available, including fellowships, scholarships, tuition awards, and travel support. Additionally, students may be eligible for subsidized health insurance through qualifying assistantships.
This degree is offered through Utah State University Regional Campuses and follows the USU Regional Campus tuition schedule. See Tuition & Payment for more information.
The Emma Eccles Jones College of Education & Human Services may charge differential tuition for this program. Differential tuition is an added cost per credit for courses in the program. See the last page in the USU Tuition & Fee schedule for more information.
Those with master’s degrees may work in the private sector, academia, work for themselves, or work directly or indirectly for the government, including both K-12 and military settings. Depending on their interests, students may decide to focus on administration and project management, on design work, or on development-oriented efforts. Graduates gain the technical skills and theoretical knowledge to succeed in a wide variety of fields and with companies and organizations across the spectrum. The following list demonstrates the depth and variety of career paths available.
- Faculty support at an academic institution
- Traditional classroom teacher (with additional education and licensure)
- Entrepreneur (instructional design firm, etc.)
- In-house corporate trainer
- Instructional designer (In-house corporation, military, etc.)
- Corporate chief educator
- Government sub-contractor for the military
- Human resources (it is recommended that students take electives in the school of business)
- Chief learning officer
- Designer for informal learning environments (museums, nature facilities, etc.)
- Project manager
- Multimedia specialist
- Technical writer
- E-learning specialist (distance learning, digital classroom designer, etc.)
- Educational or curriculum software consultant
- Independent consultant (contracting jobs from organizations)
- Graphic designer
- Information systems programmer
- Simulation and games design specialist
- Mobile app developer
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