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Master of Arts in Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences

About the Master of Arts (MA) | ITLS in the College of Education

The Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences (ITLS) Department at Utah State University (USU) utilizes distance and traditional methods to deliver comprehensive training and education in instructional design and development. Many students come into the MA degree with a background in education, educational design, graphic design, and more. Students learn about educational technology and instructional design. Graduates become instructional designers, simulation and games design specialists, multimedia or communications specialists, developers, and more. Core knowledge, best practices, current learning theories and research are explored.

MA Degree Requirements

The Master of Arts in Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences degree program is a 36 semester hour program of course work with a culminating experience: a creative project or an internship. MA students are admitted into a cohort each Fall semester of each year. There is 1-credit required orientation in August on the Logan campus for all ITLS students.

The anticipated timeline for finishing the degree requirements is 2 years or 6 semesters. To complete the required coursework in 2 years, students must take the requisite classes when offered. However, students can take up to 6 years to complete the degree. Students typically complete their culminating experience during the spring semester of the second academic year.

Upon acceptance to the program, students are assigned an advisor who can be their guide/mentor through the master’s program. The advisor serves as a resource for information and a liaison between the students and the university. Near the end of the first year, students choose a graduate chairperson from the department faculty. The chairperson can serve as advisor and also mentors each student through their culminating experience and their portfolio.

The MA degree is available on campus at Utah State University or online. Online students are very satisfied with taking all the classes from a distance. The Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences Department is on the second floor of the Education Building.