Master of Professional Studies in Learning Experience Design and Technology – Online

Our Master of Professional Studies in Learning Experience Design and Technology teaches you today’s in-demand learning design skills through meaningful, learner-centered experiences and flexible, customizable coursework.

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We’re committed to creating an education as unique as your career path. So, whether your goal is a new career or moving up in your field, our innovative programs will get you going your way.


Customize your plan

We work with you to map your path to your goal.


Learn from experience

From real-world case studies to employer-based projects, we prepare you to manage what comes next.


Choose your focus

Whatever you’re passionate about, you’ll find the classes to sharpen your specialty.


Study anywhere, on your time

Part-time or full-time, we move at your speed, to get you where you’re going.


Full-Time, Part-Time

Entry Terms

Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter

Completion Time

1-2 years

Today’s learning designers are facing unique and rapidly evolving challenges. They must create environments that combine in-person, online, and mobile learning while taking advantage of our media-rich, digital, networked world. For your educational design career to grow and thrive, you need to stay on top of not only today’s trends but also tomorrow’s advances.

Northeastern’s MPS in Learning Experience Design and Technology program provides an experience-based curriculum designed for the challenges facing today’s learning designers, educators, trainers, and instructional technologists in higher education, pre-K-12, government, corporate, and nonprofit organizations. You’ll strengthen your design and instructional thinking to create educational experiences that meet today’s demands and expectations.

You’ll receive both foundational and advanced design-related coursework taught by industry experts. And you’ll be able to hone your classwork through real-world, skill-building opportunities to expand your expertise and network. For example, participate in the optional LXD Skill Building Labs as part of the curriculum - shorter, more intensive courses, focusing on a key skill or knowledge base.

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Unique Features

  • Create an ePortfolio that highlights your accomplishments and design skills.
  • Gain real-world experience before you graduate through experiential learning opportunities, including design studio electives and professional internships.
  • Learn from industry professionals who provide practical and meaningful experiences.
  • Connect with a thriving network of students, alumni, and industry experts through student orientation, residencies, panel discussions, and more.
  • Receive flexible, personalized, and agile learning opportunities needed to succeed in today’s educational environment.
  • Participate in Skill Building Labs (LXD SBLs) if you choose EDU 6558 as part of your electives – shorter intensive courses that provide students with opportunities to focus deeply on a key skill or knowledge base. They are experiential in nature - including specific design challenges. Examples include: Design Blueprinting, Universal Design Designing with Rise/Storyline, Designing for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Backward Design, and Gamification.

Career Outlook

Educators with the skills and experience to tackle today’s learning design challenges are finding themselves in demand across the industry:

  • Employment for training and development specialists is projected to grow 9% between 2019 and 2029—much faster than the average rate. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • It’s projected that 37,300 job openings will be available for training and development specialists between 2019 and 2029. (O*NET Online)

Program Outcomes

  • Apply learning design models, theories, practices, and technologies, based on the analysis of context, content, and learner needs, to develop engaging learning environments.
  • Demonstrate constructive working relationships and collaborations in a range of professional contexts while responding to the nuances of organizational culture, diversity of learners, project demands, and allocated resources.
  • Redesign learning experiences to create dynamic technology-enhanced and engaging environments by seeking out the learning design potential of new technologies.
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively present ideas in multiple mediums and to diverse audiences.
  • Create learning designs that promote social justice, inclusion, and the building of intercultural and global networks, while demonstrating the capacity to perceive multiple perspectives.
  • Respond innovatively to the learning design opportunities and challenges in diverse contexts of industry sectors and modalities, while creatively drawing upon the latest research in learning design.


The Learning Experience Design and Technology Master’s program falls under the accreditation umbrella of the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). Therefore, the program will adhere to the NECHE guidelines and requirements necessary to maintain good standing. (https://cihe.neasc.org)

The Learning Experience Design and Technology Master’s program falls under the accreditation umbrella of the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). Therefore, the program will adhere to the NECHE guidelines and requirements necessary to maintain good standing. (https://cihe.neasc.org)

Experiential / Co-op opportunities

Northeastern's signature experience-powered learning model has been at the heart of the university for more than a century. It combines world-class academics with professional practice, allowing you to acquire relevant, real-world skills you can immediately put into action in your current workplace.

This makes a Northeastern education a dynamic, transformative experience, giving you countless opportunities to grow as a professional and person.

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Get Set with a Custom Course Plan

Foundation Courses


Core Courses





Electives may be satisfied by any EDU 6000-level course not already being used toward degree requirements. Suggested EDU 6000-level courses are listed below. Additionally, CPS graduate-level courses that may also be used to satisfy elective requirements are listed below:


Now Let's Talk Admissions

You know where you are headed and you've seen how our program will lead you there. So let's get going. Here's what you need to know before you enroll.

  • Online application
  • Statement of purpose (500–1000 words): Identify your educational goals and expectations of the program. Please be aware that Northeastern University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to your statement of purpose.
  • Professional resumé
  • Unofficial undergraduate transcripts; official transcripts required at the time of admission
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals who have either academic or professional knowledge of your capabilities such as a faculty member, colleague, or mentor, preferably one from your current employer
  • English language proficiency proof. Students for whom English is not their primary language must submit one of the following:
    • Official associate or bachelor's degree transcript from an accredited college or university in the U.S., stating degree conferral and date
    • TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, Duolingo, or NU Global Exam scores

Are You an International Student? Find out what additional documents are required to apply.

Global Engagement Learn how our teaching and research benefit from a worldwide network of students, faculty, and industry partners.

Finance Your Education We offer a variety of resources, including scholarships and assistantships.

How to Apply Learn more about the application process and requirements.

Cost and Tuition

Application Deadlines

Admissions Deadlines

Start Term Deadline
Fall 2021 September 7, 2021
Winter 2022 December 20, 2021
Spring 2022 March 28, 2022
Summer 2022 June 27, 2022

Student Body Profile

Below is a look at where our Education & Learning alumni work, the positions they hold, and the skills they bring to their organization.


  • Where They Work

    • Boston Public Library
    • Bunker Hill Community College
    • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • Massachusetts General Hospital
    • Thomas Edison State University
  • What They Do

    • Training Coordinator
    • Instructor
    • Instructional Designer
    • Director of Alumni Relations
    • Academic Coordinator
  • What They're Skilled At

    • Library Science
    • Learning Design
    • Continuing Education
    • Program Management
    • Design and Quality Assurance


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