Master of Science in Learning Design and Innovation

What sets the tone for innovation? Leadership.

Emerging technologies are expanding the way we learn — and how companies grow. Today, more than 70% of executives anticipate innovation being a top driver of growth in the next five years.* But innovation doesn’t happen on its own — it takes leadership.

Whether you’re in charge of a corporation or a classroom, today’s leaders must do more than delegate. They must design and drive the strategy, creating ideas and leading others to implement them. Come learn how it’s done — then lead the way.

*McKinsey & Company

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3 start dates per year


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No required work experience or related major

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Why earn your master’s in learning design and innovation?

The majority of senior executives — 94% — consistently agree that people and culture are the most important drivers of innovation.* But companies need strong leaders to steer them in the right direction. They need you.

Being a leader in the 21st century requires you to personalize your learning approach and integrate technology in specific learning environments. Your online Master of Science in Learning Design and Innovation can prepare you to maximize your team’s potential by choosing technology that inspires them to think differently and innovate.

*McKinsey & Company

What can you do with your degree?

A recent survey of 600 global business executives, managers, and professionals determined that leadership is the best predictor of innovation performance.* That means the leadership shortage is putting innovation at risk. You can help fuel both.

Organizations rely on leaders to build diverse teams and train them for optimal performance. By earning your master’s in leadership in learning design and innovation, you can strengthen the innovative spirit in your organization and qualify to become an instructional designer or a training and development specialist — roles that are projected to grow 11% from 2016 to 2026.*

You’ll empower employees to embrace their differences and collaborate as a team. And when teams work together, they innovate.

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Ranked among the top 50 “National Universities” and 35th among “Best Value Schools” by U.S. News & World Report

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Specializations offered in five M.S. in Leadership programs: preK-12 administration, higher education, learning technology, learning design and innovation, and organizational leadership and learning

Tap unused potential with technology.

23 core course credit hours | 9 program-specific credit hours

There are a lot of factors that contribute to people’s ability to learn — who’s teaching them, how they’re being taught, and where it’s all taking place. There isn’t a single solution that works for everyone, which is what makes learning challenging.

Our curriculum is designed to build your understanding of the strategies behind pairing technology with learning preferences. By the end of this program, you’ll know how to design a learning experience that’s tailored to an individual, not an entire team.

These courses can help you:

  • New Learning and Emerging Technologies
  • Formal Learning: Rethinking Instruction
  • Informal Learning: Expanding Learning Spaces

Versatility drives innovation. You empower it.

The best leaders know that innovation is only achievable through versatility. Because when people with different skills converge to share their perspectives and experiences, they create something they wouldn’t have been able to on their own.

Versatility creates value and can enhance instruction, but only if you know how to identify and accommodate differences — a trademark of a great leader.
Study with us, and you can learn to:

  • Create new training tools and support materials to encourage learning at all ages
  • Analyze formal and informal learning environments to apply relevant technology
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of newly applied technologies in each environment

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of Master of Science in Learning Design and Innovation will be expected to achieve the following learning outcomes:

1. Develop and practice clear, persuasive and data supported narratives that advance initiatives and present them using advanced transmedia.

2. Develop and deliver learning experiences by integrating and applying learning theory and tools of technology and asses outcomes of those efforts.

3. Integrate personal, organizational and societal values into leadership initiatives and advance them throughout organizations.

4. Analyze theories and characteristics of formal and informal learning environments and integrate the use of technology.

5. Understand unique characteristics and formal and informal learning environments and demonstrate the ability to apply technology to each setting based on relevant learning theories.