Georgetown University Master of Arts in Learning and Design

Design the
Future of Learning

Application Deadline

Priority Scholarship Consideration: March 1, 2019
Final Application Deadline: April 1, 2019

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Our Mission

The mission of Georgetown University’s Master’s in Learning and Design is to give our students a deep foundation in the tools and theory of learning design, technology innovation, learning analytics, and higher education leadership, a foundation on which they can create engaging and innovative learning experiences for all students.

The landscape of higher education is complex and continually changing, posing challenges to what it means to be an effective teacher and successful student learner. The program was built from the ground up to give students a broad conceptual foundation in the theories of learning and teaching coupled with real world experience in faculty development, educational technology, and instructional design.

The program is stewarded by Georgetown’s Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS), and has the distinction of being the first degree program in Learning and Design to have started in a Center for Teaching Excellence and Technology Innovation. Through design projects and mentorships, students will learn from the Center’s 17 years of experience working with faculty, departments, and students to respond to the challenges facing higher education and student success.

MLD offers focused
program tracks in

  • Learning Design
  • Technology Innovation
  • Learning Analytics
  • Higher Ed Leadership
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Values that inform
our approach

  • Innovation
  • Integration
  • Inclusion and Equity
  • Cultural Competency
  • Experimentation

A Diverse Curriculum For Deep Engagement

The complexity of higher education’s dynamic environment requires a breadth of knowledge across all the issues of learning and design. With that in mind, the Master of Arts in Learning and Design offers a diverse core curriculum as well as several tracks for more focused engagement.

Our curriculum balances theory with practice, empowering students with opportunities to apply what they learn in the classroom to real-world teaching and learning scenarios.

Explore our core curriculum, tracks, and courses

World Class Faculty and Practitioners

Students in the MLD program can expect to be taught by some of the world’s most renowned thought leaders and practitioners in learning and design.

They are researchers and practitioners in a variety of disciplines and have been recognized for contributions in areas such as the scholarship of teaching and learning, faculty development, curriculum design, cognitive processes, instructional design, technology-enhanced learning, learning analytics, and online learning.

“What excites me about this program is that it puts together several really key dimensions that are necessary to reimagine higher education. ”

Randy Bass, Vice Provost for Education

Careers for the Future of Higher Education

Due to higher education’s changing landscape, there is an increasing demand for innovative professionals, who can challenge long-standing teaching practices and transform education into experiences that motivate life-long success in learning.

Healy Hall-Georgetown Main Campus

New Higher Ed Jobs Expected By 2024

  • 15,200 Post-Secondary
    Education Administrators
  • 1,000 Operations Research
  • 3,100 Instructional
Find out more about career paths in MLD

Director's Message

Learn more about our mission and what makes MLD unique, from program director, Eddie Maloney

Students will engage in innovative opportunities that marry theory with experience.”

Director's Message
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Why Apply to MLD?

With Georgetown’s long history of innovation in teaching and learning, the MA in Learning and Design is uniquely poised to prepare the next generation of leaders in higher education, innovation, and design.

As a student, you will have the opportunity to

  • Learn from an interdisciplinary curriculum, from which you will gain and apply critical tools in learning design, technology innovation, learning analytics, and higher education leadership
  • Be part of a design program infused with Georgetown University’s core values that give care and attention to all aspects of a student’s life, and a commitment to social justice and doing good in the world
  • Collaborate with and gain insight from experienced staff at the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS)
  • Learn from renowned faculty from a variety of disciplines, offering unique perspectives and experiences
  • Experiment with new ideas in our Design Studio and develop your own applied innovation project in an area of your interest
  • Develop a digital portfolio that represents the breadth and complexity of your experience to showcase to future employers as you pursue a career in the field
  • Be part of a new and unique program built on 17 years of experience working to develop academic innovation across Georgetown’s campus