Learning Technology and Experience Design (MA)

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Program Description

This 30-36 credit MA program focuses on the design, use, and evaluation of digital tools, media and learning experiences for varied contexts such as K–12 schools, universities, workplaces, museums, nonprofits, and international development. Students learn to design impactful learning tools and experiences including traditional and emerging media, VR/AR/XR, simulations, apps, games, maker spaces, learning analytics, artificial intelligence, and more. They produce designs and prototypes that apply research-based principles of design and practice for enriching learning experiences across a spectrum of contexts — from informal to formal, and from face-to-face to online.

Students may choose an area of focus specialization including User Experience Design for Learning, Learning Analytics and Educational Data Science, Transformative Learning Design, Games for Learning, or create their own area of focus. Students who take three of the four foundational courses in Games for Learning may declare a formal concentration in Games for Learning.


Admission to graduate programs in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development requires the following minimum components:

  • Résumé/CV
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • Proficiency in English

See NYU Steinhardt's Graduate Admissions website for additional information on school-wide admission. Some programs may require additional components for admissions.

See How to Apply for admission requirements and instructions specific to this program.

Program Benefits for International Students

If you’re an international student, you may be able to work in the United States after graduation for an extended period of time. Most students studying on F-1 visas will be eligible for 12 months of Optional Practical Training (OPT) off-campus work authorization. F-1 students in our program may also be eligible for the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics) OPT extension, allowing you to extend your time in the United States to pursue degree-related work experience for a total of 36 months or 3 years. For more information on who can apply for this extension visit NYU’s Office of Global Services: STEM OPT.