Learning, Design, and Technology

April 1, 2025 Final application deadline for Fall start | Rolling admissions after April 1

Advance your career in learning, design, and technology​

Georgetown University’s Master of Arts in Learning, Design, and Technology (LDT) is for individuals eager to make a difference in higher education by creating innovative learning experiences for all students. Through this program, you’ll gain the necessary knowledge and skills to become a catalyst for positive change in education.

Situated in Washington, DC, our program offers unparalleled opportunities to connect and advance professionally in the fields of education and instructional design. We are proud to be the only master’s program in the world developed by a center for teaching and learning.

Our cutting-edge curriculum integrates learning, design, technology innovation, learning analytics, and critical studies in higher education, delivering a comprehensive education that prepares you for the complex education landscape. To provide flexibility, the program can be completed in-person or online.

Curriculum that integrates liberal arts and instructional design

Our program curriculum provides a unique blend of liberal arts, technology and instructional design, allowing you to approach teaching and learning in more creative and innovative ways. You’ll graduate with an ePortfolio showcasing your best work, serving as a valuable tool to demonstrate your acquired expertise, skills, and knowledge to potential employers or academic institutions.

In-person program

Our students are driven to create meaningful change, and our location in Washington, DC, helps make that possible. As a student at Georgetown, you’ll become part of the Jesuit tradition of working to make the world a better place. Our program is one of the few in the U.S. that focuses on how to address the issues of equity, access and justice in the higher education landscape. Whether you want to effect change on local or international levels, our home in DC provides numerous opportunities and connections.

Online program

Our combined synchronous and asynchronous online instructional design program format brings the Georgetown experience to you, advancing your pursuit of academic and professional goals without sacrificing quality or convenience. The online program offers the same level of rigor and values as our on-campus classes by following the same curriculum path. Online students attend a week-long, immersive session in mid-August for LDES 5000, which includes campus networking opportunities; subsequent courses are accessible online for schedule flexibility.

Message from the director

Higher education faces many challenges and opportunities—the (post-) pandemic pedagogies, equity and access, artificial intelligence, value and cost, climate change, demographic shifts, digital technologies, curricular alignment with workforce needs, etc. All will require thoughtful, intentional, innovative approaches to teaching and learning. 

To help address higher education’s emerging challenges, the staff at Georgetown University’s center for teaching excellence–Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS)–designed and developed the LDT program, which builds on the Center’s 20+ years of experience working with faculty and students on academic innovation. We’d love for you to join us as we imagine the future of higher education.

Putting your knowledge into practice

Through this instructional design Master’s program, you’ll gain the experience needed to excel as an influential leader in learning design. You’ll demonstrate the ability to be thoughtful, intentional and innovative when developing new approaches to teaching and learning. You’ll be equipped with the knowledge, skills and experience necessary for a career in a variety of in-demand industries. With a digital portfolio representing the breadth and complexity of your experience, you can showcase your knowledge and experience to future employers.

Our graduates are currently working in a range of fields, including:

  • Instructional design 
  • Academic assessment 
  • Higher education administration 
  • Educational consulting
  • Online program development

Request information

The education landscape is constantly evolving, and we need professionals like you to help lead the way. Thank you for your interest in our program. Please complete this form, and we’ll contact you with more information.