Learning Sciences, MA

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The Master of Arts in Learning Sciences focuses on the concept that learning happens everywhere — not just in schools. You'll study and practice the power of design thinking with a blend of theoretical insights and practical tools that will help you improve educational systems, shape learning environments and enhance learning experiences in a variety of settings. You'll learn how to facilitate learning using an interdisciplinary approach, drawing upon cognitive science, educational psychology, computer science, anthropology, sociology, information sciences, neurosciences, instructional design and more.

This program also provides a strong foundation if you'd like to pursue a doctoral degree in our Learning, Literacies and Technologies program.

Time to completion

Total hours: 30

Time to completion: 4–5 semesters (fall, spring)

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Locations & start dates

Tempe campus (Fall)

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This program does not lead to teacher certification. However, it can prepare graduate students for doctoral credentials in education after graduation.


This degree program prepares you for a career as a:

  • Educator in other educational institutions or community organizations
  • Curriculum leader
  • Educational and interactional designer
  • Technology integration leader
  • Consultant
  • Instructional designer

Professional experiences

Individualized guidance provides the support you need to be successful in today’s rapidly evolving educational environment. You'll work with faculty to determine whether to conduct an applied project or complete a research thesis study:

Applied projects
Applied projects provide evidence of mastery of the skills and knowledge you've obtained in the program.

Thesis projects
A thesis project requires you to complete a research study within an area of inquiry in the learning sciences and has the potential for scholarly recognition.

 Upcoming event

Attend a virtual information session to learn more about this program.

February 9, 2022

This 30-minute session will introduce you to our master’s degrees for professional advancement in education:
- Educational Policy, MA

Cost & aid

To get an idea of what you can expect to pay, view ASU’s standard cost of attendance.

There are many ways to reduce your costs, including scholarships and grants just for education students.  Explore your options

Admission requirements

You must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.

You must also have earned a bachelor's or master's degree in any field, from a regionally accredited institution. You must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA in the last 60 hours of your first bachelor's degree program, or applicable master's degree program. If you don't meet the GPA requirement, you may be eligible for provisional admittance or a non-degree pathway.

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