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Learning Sciences, MA

Learning happens everywhere. Use the power of design thinking to enhance learning experiences in a variety of settings. Interdisciplinary in scope and blending theoretical insight with practical tools, this program prepares you to be a creative thinker and an effective doer.

 

Program description

The MA program in learning sciences emphasizes an understanding that learning happens in many places other than traditional school settings, and in doing so focuses on the power of design thinking to improve educational systems.

The curriculum’s systems-level approach includes cognitive, social and contextual factors as well as the interactions among them.

Individualized guidance provides students with the support they need to succeed in today’s rapidly evolving educational environment. Students work with faculty to determine whether they’ll conduct an applied project or complete a research thesis study. Applied projects provide evidence of mastery of the skills and knowledge obtained through the program, while a thesis project requires students to complete a research study within an area of inquiry in the learning sciences and also has the potential for scholarly recognition.

Graduates of the program are equipped to design effective learning and teaching systems in a broad range of settings such as  museums, libraries, workplaces and schools. The program prepares students to become leaders in the development, integration and improvement of these systems.

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At a glance: locations and start dates

Tempe campus (Fall)

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Career outlook

Students gain skills in facilitating learning using an interdisciplinary approach, drawing upon cognitive science, educational psychology, computer science, anthropology, sociology, information sciences, neurosciences, instructional design and more. This prepares students to expand or pursue a variety of educational careers tailored to their professional goals.

Graduates of the program are equipped to design effective learning and teaching systems in a broad range of settings such as museums, libraries, workplaces and schools. The program prepares graduates to become leaders in the development, integration and improvement of these systems.

Career examples include:

  • educational and interactional designer
  • educator in community organization
  • educator in educational institution
  • training specialist, coordinator, manager or director

Program contact information

If you have questions related to admission, please fill out the request information form and an admission specialist will contact you directly. For questions regarding faculty or courses, please use the contact information below.

Cost and aid

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 degree in any field from a regionally accredited institution. Minimum GPA: 3.0 (in the last 60 hours of your first bachelor's program). If you don't meet the GPA requirement, you may be eligible for provisional admittance or a non-degree pathway.