Program Overview

Utah State University offers the Master of Science program in Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences to qualified students with an interest in understanding the theory and application of teaching and learning in schools, online, in the workplace, and in the home or community. Students with a bachelor's degree in any subject are welcome to apply, but the program is intended primarily for those with a graphic arts, business administration, technical writing, or computer science background. It is the goal of this program to produce graduates for work in careers in business, education, government, and industry. Possible positions include project managers, chief learning officers, and more.

This program uses a combination of distance and traditional learning to provide a flexible and complete program to its students. Candidates often graduate in approximately two to three years, though they have a maximum of six years in which to do so. Once admitted, students are assigned an advisor that they work with to plan a course of study that best suits personal goals, interests, and schedules.

To complete this program, students must earn a total of 39 hours of credit. 33 of these come from required and elective courses, while six are dedicated to the completion of a master's thesis. The program utilizes a cohort approach, which moves students forward with the same group of peers in order to foster collaboration and discussion. Degree candidates are required to complete an internship as well, the purpose of which is to give students experiential training to supplement normal study.

Towards the end of the first year of study, students are required to select a major professor and create their three-member Supervisory Committee. This group assists the students in the process of the thesis, from inception, through development, and on to completion. The subject of the thesis should be chosen by the end of the second year of study.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

    School Overview

    Utah State University, located on a suburban campus in Logan, Utah, is a land-grant and space-grant institution. USU was founded in 1888 as Utah’s agricultural college, which focused on agriculture, mechanic arts, and domestic arts. The main campus of USU is located in Logan, and regional campuses are located in Bingham City, Tooele and Uintah Basin. USU operates more than 20 distance education centers throughout Utah.

    The school offers programs in liberal arts, business, engineering, natural resource sciences, economics and elementary and secondary education. The academic programs at USU lead to bachelor's, master'sd and doctoral degrees and are housed in the following colleges: 

    • School of Graduate Studies
    • Caine College of the Arts
    • College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences
    • College of Engineering
    • College of Humanities and Social Sciences
    • College of Science
    • Emma Eccles Jones College of Education & Human Services
    • Jon M. Huntsman School of Business
    • S.J. & Jessie E Quinney College of Natural Resources

    USU has a flexible distance education program that offers degrees and programs that can be completed entirely online from any location that has internet access. Associate, bachelors and masters degrees, certificates, professional education licensure, and professional education endorsements can be earned online.


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