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Master of Education in
Learning, Design, and Technology

How to Apply

Deadlines and Important Dates

Your degree application, including receipt of all transcripts and letters of recommendation, should be received by the following deadlines to be considered complete.

  • Summer DeadlineApply by April 1 to start May 15
  • Fall DeadlineApply by June 15 to start August 21
  • Spring DeadlineApply by November 1, 2023, to start January 8, 2024

Admissions Help

If you have questions throughout the admissions process, please contact our admissions counselors.

Admission Requirements

For admission to the Graduate School, an applicant must hold either (1) a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or (2) a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. This degree must be from an officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates.

What You Need

Applications are submitted electronically and include a nonrefundable application fee. You will need to upload the following items as part of your application:

Official transcripts from each institution attended, regardless of the number of credits or semesters completed. Transcripts not in English must be accompanied by a certified translation. Penn State alumni do not need to request transcripts for credits earned at Penn State, but must list Penn State as part of your academic history. If you are admitted, you will be asked to send an additional official transcript. You will receive instructions at that time.

GPA and Test Scores — GRE/MAT test scores are no longer an application requirement.

English Proficiency — The language of instruction at Penn State is English. With some exceptions, international applicants must take and submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Minimum test scores and exceptions are found in the English Proficiency section on the Graduate School's "Requirements for Graduate Admission" page. Visit the TOEFL website for testing information. Penn State's institutional code is 2660.

References (3) — you will need to initiate the process through the online application by entering names, email addresses, and mailing addresses of three references. Upon submission of your application, an email will be sent to each reference requesting their online submission of a letter of recommendation.

The letter should address the nature and quality of the applicant’s professional/workplace performance and an assessment of the applicant’s readiness to pursue online graduate degree study. The references must be provided by professional colleagues such as coworkers, supervisors, academic instructors or advisors, classmates, business partners, etc. We are unable to accept references from family members, personal friends/acquaintances, or current LDT Program faculty members. Please inform all recommenders they must submit the reference form online in order for your application to be complete.

Program-Specific Questions/Materials

Résumé or Vita -  that concisely describes your academic and professional history, achievements, and skills relevant to the LDT program and the field of education.

Statement of Purpose — 750 words or less explaining why you want to enter the master's program. This statement should include:

  • your career goals and an explanation of how your prospective degree in LDT will help you to achieve your goals
  • your professional background and your reasons for seeking a graduate degree in LDT
  • how your professional and academic backgrounds qualify you for acceptance to the program
  • how your professional interests correspond with the coursework topics  and faculty expertise of the program
  • any other information that may help us to consider your application.

Writing Samples — Submit a 300 (minimum) to 400 (maximum) word review of an article or report published in a recent professional journal of your choice. The selected publication should address a contemporary educational issue related to your academic interests. The review should include a summary of key findings and a discussion of the findings’ current or future impact to the field of education. The review must be written and edited primarily by the applicant without substantial assistance provided by another person, software, or hardware. Please be sure to include the article that is being reviewed.

Start Your Application

You can begin your online application at any time. Your progress within the online application system will be saved as you go, allowing you to return at any point as you gather additional information and required materials.

Begin the graduate school application

  • Choose Enrollment Type: "Degree Admission"
  • Choose "WORLD CAMPUS" as the campus

Checking Your Status

You can check the status of your application by using the same login information established for the online application form.

Technical Requirements 

Review the technical requirements for this degree program.

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