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Learning Design and Technology (MS)

The face of education is changing.

New technologies have catalyzed an evolution in tools for learning. As schools, governments, and corporations look to emerging technologies to enhance learning environments and improve outcomes, these efforts must be guided by empirically-grounded learning sciences and design.

The Learning Design and Technology program builds the creativity, knowledge, and skills necessary to pioneer the future of equitable, effective learning.


The program

This 11-month, full-time residential program integrates powerful contemporary ideas about learning with emergent technologies to design and evaluate learning environments, products, and programs. The LDT program features a blend of theory and project-based courses, a real-world internship, and a major design project. It awards a master’s of science (MS) degree.

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Learning design and technology at Stanford

Stanford campus

Why Stanford?

Located in Silicon Valley, Stanford is known for its spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship. The LDT program embraces that creative energy, and gives students the flexibility to explore what Stanford has to offer. Our students are welcome in courses across campus, including the schools of law, business, engineering, and humanities and sciences, as well as the creative hub known as the “”

Why you?

Our students are interested in making an impact on learning through design. Curious and creative, they come from diverse backgrounds and bring a wide variety of experiences. What they share is a passion for asking big questions about how people learn, and a conviction that thoughtful design can improve the quality of learning experiences.

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After you graduate

LDT opens doors to a wide range of opportunities. During the program, internships allow students to explore different ways to apply their learning in the real world. At the end of the program, LDT portfolios showcase a variety of student projects. After LDT, our graduates go on to design and evaluate effective technology-based learning environments in settings such as schools, museums, research organizations, and industry.

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Program faculty


Senior Lecturer
LDT Program Director

Our community

Takondwa Semphere is one of four Knight-Hennessy scholars at the GSE.
Takondwa Semphere, MS ’24, Learning Design and Technology
Telling old stories in new ways
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Bruno Lam is one of four 2023 Knight-Hennessy scholars in the GSE.
Bruno Lam, MS ’24 Learning Design and Technology
Filling in labor gaps with education
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Aaron Ragsdale is the manager of the GSE Makery.
Aaron Ragsdale, MS ’15, GSE Makery Manager
Creating tools for change
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What you need to know

Admission requirements

To learn more about requirements for admission, please visit the Application Requirements page.

Financing your education

To learn more about the cost of the program and options for financial support, please visit Financing Your Master’s Degree on the admissions website.

Contact admissions

For admissions webinars and to connect with the admission office, see our  Connect and Visit page.

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