US News Best Online Programs Grad Education 2023The Learning Technologies and Design degree program prepares you to plan and create learning and performance support systems and resources. The program is valuable to professionals who create and coordinate training solutions for the workplace including corporate, government, and higher education employees, and military service members.

The degree program is available online, and several courses are offered every semester, as well as the summer term.

The Learning Technologies and Design program focuses on the following competencies:

  • Design learning environments;
  • Develop learning systems apps;
  • Understand usability, user experience, new technology and communication;
  • Improve workplace performance;
  • Learn best practices for needs assessment, task analysis and course design and development.

Degree Requirements

The program requires 30 graduate credit hours and includes course work in three categories:


  • Core courses (9 credit hours)
  • Design courses (9 to 12 credit hours)
  • Development courses (9 to 12 credit hours)

At least 15 credit hours must be at the 9000 level.

See Learning Technologies and Design Advising Aid for required courses.

See descriptions of all SISLT courses.
See Tentative LT Course Rotation.


You will develop and present a portfolio of your work to demonstrate your mastery of the learning technologies and design competencies. The portfolio contains descriptions of competencies and what they mean to you, explanations of artifacts and reflections. You should start on your portfolio early in your course work.

See LTD Portfolio Details file for more information.

Portfolio Samples


Before You Apply

You may take up to nine hours of SISLT course work prior to being admitted, but:

  • Taking courses prior to applying does not guarantee admission
  • Take courses that will be included in your program of study — check with your academic advisor before enrolling.


  • May 1 for summer admission.
  • July 1 for fall admission.
  • Sept. 1 for second 8 week fall courses.
  • December 1 for spring admission.
  • Feb. 1 for second 8 week spring courses.

Course enrollment dates vary from semester to semester. For the most current information, visit the MU academic calendar for dates to remember.

Admission Requirements

  • A GPA of 3.0 or higher (A=4.0) on the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work
  • Some types of relevant experience
  • GRE scores are not required.
  • TOEFL (80) or Duolingo (105) scores (if applicable)

If you don’t meet one of the above standards, you could possibly be admitted on probation status. If this happens, you must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 during your first 12 hours of graduate course work, with no grade lower than a B.

How to Apply

  • Prepare electronic versions of your resume, statement of purpose (what you hope your degree will do for you), and two letters of recommendation.
  • Apply using our convenient online Graduate Application system. Upload the requested files.
  • Provide an official copy of your transcript from the college or university where you received your bachelor’s degree.
    • Official transcripts should be sent to MU Office of Research and Graduate Studies, 210 Jesse Hall, Columbia, MO 65211.
  • All international applicants, regardless of other study in Anglophone institutions or countries (including in the U.S.) will need to submit a TOEFL score of 80 or a Duolingo score of 105. The only exemptions are for students from the countries listed on the ITAP site as being exempt.

Admission Decisions

Once all your application materials are in place, we will review your credentials and notify you of the decision. Most decisions are made within a month.

If you must have your admission decision by a certain date, please notify our student coordinator, providing the date and rationale. We will do our best to meet your deadline.


When you are accepted into the program, you will be assigned a faculty advisor. Email your advisor to begin the program planning process.

Use the Learning Technologies and Design Advising Aid to guide your program planning. Fill out the S-2 (LTD) Program of Study Form. This form establishes the courses required for you to earn your degree and must be approved by your advisor. Submit the S-2 form by the end of your second semester in the program.


SISLT Student Services Office

Amy Adam

Program Manager IStudent Support Services

Breanne Meyer

Student Support Specialist II

303 Townsend Hall
Columbia, MO 65211

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