Master of Arts (M.A.) in Learning Engineering

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Learning Engineering

Design innovative learning experiences

Today’s evolving world calls for learning engineers who can help schools, nonprofits, companies, and governments design engaging, accessible learning experiences that draw on the most current learning technologies and pedagogies. The M.A. in Learning Engineering is designed to equip you with the hands-on design experience, interdisciplinary knowledge, and technical savvy you’ll need to respond to that call.

As a student here, you will be designing from the moment you step on campus. Under the guidance of faculty who are at the forefront of the field, you will develop a toolkit for creating learning experiences that incorporate cutting-edge technologies.

Through collaborations and internships with our partner organizations, you’ll build a design portfolio that will prepare you to pursue a career as a learning engineer, learning experience designer, instructional designer, curriculum developer, or educational technology consultant.

The M.A. in Learning Engineering program is:

  • Full time, one year, on campus
  • STEM-designated by the Department of Homeland Security
  • Experiential



What is Learning Engineering? 

Learning engineering is the systematic application of principles and methods from the learning sciences to support and improve our understanding of learners and learning processes. The discipline leverages human-centered design principles to iteratively develop and improve products and services that empower learners—often using technology.

Learning engineers design learning experiences and environments informed by the learning sciences. They combine knowledge, tools, and techniques from a variety of technical, pedagogical, empirical, and design-based disciplines while collaborating with subject-matter experts, software engineers, and others.

At a Glance

How many credits is the program?

30 credits 

How long will it take?

12 months

When can I start?

Students can begin the program only in the Fall semester.

Where do our graduates work?


  • Schools, districts, colleges, and universities

  • Museums, zoos, aquariums, and national parks

  • Businesses ranging from startups to large corporations

  • Nonprofits and foundations

  • Social service and community agencies

Job Responsibilities

  • Designing the next generation of educational technology

  • Developing online, hybrid, makerspace, and active-learning environments

  • Constructing technology-enhanced curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment

  • Creating employee training and consumer education programs


  • Learning Engineers

  • Learning Experience (LX) and User Experience (UX) Designers

  • Instructional Designers and Evaluators

  • Curriculum Developers

  • Educational Technology Consultants

Program News & Notes

Program Faculty & Expertise

What will I study?


  • Courses: 22
  • Credits: 30

Financial Assistance

Education should level the playing field. We feel the same way about financial aid.

The Lynch School of Education and Human Development provides more than $8.4 million in financial aid to students each year. As a result, the quality of BC’s instruction, the benefit of our alumni network, and the impact a BC degree will have on your employment options is both affordable and invaluable. 


Application Information




Regular Decision
Rolling Admission
Until 8/1
Intl. Applicants
Until 7/1

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To be uploaded to your online Application Form.

In addition to your academic history and relevant work experience, please include any licenses currently held, any social justice-related experience, any language skills other than English, and any research experience or publications.

Personal Statement

To be uploaded to your online Application Form.

In 1,000-1,500 words, describe your academic and professional goals, any experience relevant to this program, and your future plans, expectations, and aspirations.

Letters of Recommendation

Identification of recommenders/instructions to recommenders are outlined in the online Application Form.

Two letters of recommendation are required with at least one required from an academic source. Applicants may submit one additional recommendation of their choice. 


Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in lieu of official transcripts for the application review process. In the event that one is admitted into a program and enrolls, our office will need official transcripts prior to course registration. To expedite application processing times, our office encourages you to send unofficial transcripts electronically to our email address at GSOE@BC.EDU. Please note that unofficial transcripts must include all of the following items:

  • Course titles and grades for each course
  • Year and entry term for each of the courses listed
  • Translated into English by certified translation agent (if not already in English)
    • Original and translated transcripts must be provided

If you are able to secure official transcripts, please note the following:

  • An official postsecondary transcript must be printed on official institutional paper and include at least one of the following: an institutional watermark, the registrar’s signature, or the registrar's seal.
  • Copies and unofficial transcripts sent directly from applicants are not acceptable, the transcript must come directly from the institution.
  • If you are a current student and have not completed your undergraduate and/or graduate degree, the most updated version of your transcript is acceptable.

Official electronic transcripts are accepted when sent directly to from the institution. When requesting electronic transcripts, you must manually type in to ensure it is received by our office. 

Mailed transcript(s) should be sent to the following address:

Lynch Office of Graduate Admissions, Boston College
Campion Hall 135
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Standardized Tests

Submitting GRE test scores is optional and not required for 2022 entry term(s). If you wish to send GRE scores, the Lynch School GRE code is 3218.

Writing Sample

Not required.

International Students

International applicants are encouraged to apply to the Lynch School of Education and Human Development.

Requirements for International Students



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