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The Master of Arts Program in Learning Technology and Experience Design (formerly Digital Media Design for Learning) is a 30-36 credit program that prepares students to create, use, and evaluate media and technology for learning, from software and websites, to video and mobile phone applications.

Course and Credit Requirements

Content Area



Learning Foundation (Required)
(6 credits)

EDCT-GE 2174 Foundations of Cognitive Science


EDCT-GE 2175 Foundations of the Learning Sciences


Design Foundation (Required)
(6 credits)

EDCT-GE 2158 Design Process for Learning Experiences


EDCT-GE 2015 User Experience Design


Specialization Courses
(12 credits)

Chosen by Advisement, can include internship


(6 credits)

Chosen by Advisement


Thesis Capstone Project (Required)
(6 credits)

EDCT-GE 2095 Research in Educational Communications and Technology


Students take the thesis course twice, in two consecutive semesters (Research in Educational Communication and Technology). Students are advised to complete all other course requirements prior to enrolling in the thesis course for the second time, in order to devote their final, graduating semester exclusively to the thesis.

Background in education, teaching, learning, and such related areas as psychology is useful to successful completion of the Program. Students who in their adviser's view lack background academic or work experience necessary to effective performance in the Program or achievement of individual goals may be required to complete course work in such areas, either to fulfill the cognate requirement or by taking courses beyond the 30-36 credit requirement for the degree.

International students may be required to take English language courses in addition to the 30-36 credits required for the Master of Arts degree. This determination is made on the basis of scores on an English language proficiency examination all international students take upon arriving at NYU.


Thesis Capstone Project

The thesis capstone is a culminating project for which you are expected to integrate and apply what you have learned through previous academic work and field experiences, with faculty supervision.

Thesis capstone projects include the design and development of technology-based learning environments, scholarly critical inquiry papers, and small-scale research projects.

You will develop your thesis capstone projects in a two-semester consecutive course sequence. Thesis capstone students meet in class as a group weekly, reporting on the progress of their projects, discussing their research, and screening prototype media for peer and faculty critique. At the conclusion of the semester, students present their thesis capstone projects to the program community at the ECT Design Expo, a thesis capstone showcase event.

See Examples of Master's Thesis Projects



Of the 36 credits required for the Master of Arts degree, students are required to take 24 credits in residency, defined as courses taken at NYU.


Transfer Credit

On recommendation of the adviser, credit for graduate coursework completed at an accredited graduate institution, not applied to another degree, and not more than 10 years old, may be granted to a maximum of 30% of the 36-credit requirement if a grade of "B" or better was earned for any such coursework.


Scholastic Average

Master of Arts students must maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average in DMDL courses and in their overall academic record.


Tenure of Matriculation

The Steinhardt School requires students to complete requirements for the Master of Arts degree within six (6) years of matriculation, defined as the first semester of enrollment for courses leading to the degree. The clock stops only during official leaves of absence. This applies to both full-time and to part-time students. Regardless of matriculation, the validity of courses towards a degree expire after 10 years.

From the Steinhardt Graduate Bulletin: "A candidate has a six-year period following the date of matriculation for the completion of all requirements. If continuous matriculation has not been maintained, a reevaluation of credentials is necessary, and only those courses completed within the last 10-year period will be credited."


Maintenance of Matriculation

From the Steinhardt Graduate Bulletin: "To maintain matriculation, a candidate must complete at least 3 units on the second (2) level or above at New York University, under the auspices of the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, each academic year (fall and spring) or, in lieu of such completion, must pay a maintenance fee..., plus the nonreturnable registration and services fees each term."

Students must maintain "active status" throughout their studies, beginning with the first semester of matriculation and including the semester in which they intend to graduate. To do so, Master of Arts students must complete at least three (3) credits at the 2000-level (or higher) each fall and spring semester (not summer). If students can not enroll in course work in a given fall or spring semester, they must register for Maintaining Matriculation (MAINT-GE 4747), for which they pay a non-credit–bearing maintenance of matriculation fee.

Registration for Maintaining Matriculation entitles students to use the libraries and other facilities, consult members of the faculty, participate in University activities, and use student health services and the Coles Sports Center. This option may be used during the semester in which students intend to graduate, if they are completing incomplete course work but taking no additional course work. Students may register for MAINT-GE 4747 only after they have been enrolled during one academic year for a minimum of three (3) credits and with permission of a faculty adviser. Students may register for MAINT-GE 4747 for up to a total of two (2) years within the six-year period allowed to complete the degree.

Students should select their classes in conjunction with their academic adviser. Please meet with your adviser to discuss courses, and once your adviser has approved your selections, you can sign up for courses online in Albert. After the department enters your adviser clearance (typically within 1-2 business days), you can sign up for courses online in Albert.

There is a guide to planning your courses available.