Master of Education

Learning Design Online

Rooted in one of the most respected Masters Degree programs at BGSU, the Learning Design program focuses on developing leadership potential, creating new career paths, and enhancing existing employment opportunities. This online program is designed for busy working adults who wish to use emerging technologies to design effective elearning. This program will prepare you to take a leadership role in teaching and training in virtually any work environment. View our distinguished faculty page and our alumni testimonials.

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12 Courses - 36 Credit Hours
Tuition Estimate $15,968
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Program Information

As one of the most respected Master of Education Degree Programs at the University, Learning Design focuses on developing leadership potential, creating new career paths and enhancing existing employment opportunities. The program prepares individuals to take a leadership role in teaching and training settings, and advance their careers in academia and other training and development systems. Learning Design curriculum focuses on:

  • Instructional design
  • Learning theories and strategies
  • Interactive learning systems
  • Adaptive and immersive learning technologies
  • Leadership development
  • Learning intervention and evaluation
  • Organizational changes and sustainability
  • Applied research skills

To earn a Master of Education degree in Learning Design, students must complete a minimum of 33 semester hours of study (Plan I – Thesis Option) or 36 semester hours (Plan II - Major Research Project or Comprehensive Examination). Students must also maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average.

Course Requirements

Learning Design Core (12 HOURS)

The core courses provide a foundation for the program, and include courses in principles and theories, data analysis and decision making, and research techniques. With the exception of the capstone seminar, the core courses are taken relatively early in the program.

  • LRND 6010 - Principles of Learning Design
  • LRND 6030 – Data Analysis and Decision Making
  • LRND 6790 – Research in Learning Design
  • LRND 6800 – Seminar in Learning Design

Concentration Courses (18 HOURS)

This phase is designed to build specific competencies related to the student’s interests and career goals. Courses will be selected with the assistance of a faculty advisor, and may include courses from both inside and outside the College of Technology. Choices may include but are not limited to the courses listed below.

Choose Six

  • LRND 6500 – Instructional Systems Design
  • LRND 6600 – Evaluation in Learning Design
  • LRND 6700 – Principles of Multimedia Production and Courseware Design
  • LRND 6720 – Digital Game-Based Learning
  • LRND 6730 – Adaptive Hypermedia and Personalized Learning Environments
  • LRND 6740 – Digital Learning Theories
  • LRND 6750 – Leadership Theory and Practice
  • LRND 6820/6830 – Topics in Learning Design
  • LRND 6840/6850 – Directed Readings in Learning Design

Program Synthesis (6 HOURS)

During this final phase, students will select and complete either Plan I, completion of a Thesis, or Plan II, a formal examination or directed major project. The reasons for selection of either Plan I or Plan II vary by student interest and career plans, and should be decided in conjunction with the Graduate Coordinator and/or Major Advisor. Typically, students interested in further graduate study or teaching at the college level may choose to select Plan I, whereas students interested in pursuing a career in business or industry may choose to select Plan II. Students who select Plan I must submit their thesis electronically.

  • Plan I: Thesis
  • Plan II: Major Project
  • Plan II: Comprehensive Examination

Application Requirements


Submit Your Graduate College Application Online

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Note:  All graduate level programs use the same Graduate College Application. A $45 nonrefundable application fee is assessed for domestic applications. The international application fee is $75.




Submit Official Transcripts and Standardized Test Scores  

TRANSCRIPTS: As part of the online application process  you will upload scanned copies of transcripts from all institutions attended. Upon admission, final official transcripts from each degree-granting institution must be submitted to the Graduate College.

Request official transcripts and test scores be sent to:

Graduate College
120 McFall Center
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403

TEST SCORES:  GRE score (within last 5 years). NOTE: If a person already possesses a master's degree then no test scores are required. TOEFL scores are required from applicants whose native language is not English. For information on the GRE/TOEFL tests, visit the Educational Testing Service website.


Three letters of recommendation  

You will be able asked to submit three letters of recommendation during the online application process

You will be enrolled in and receive your degree from the College of Technology Architecture and Applied Engineering

Learning Designers help universities, non-profits, and companies overcome specific business and organizational challenges.