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

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

Design Innovative Learning Experiences

We are excited to announce scholarships are available for full time Learning Engineering students enrolling for Fall 2020.

Interdisciplinary and experiential, this one-year, full-time program prepares you to design engaging and effective learning experiences that are informed by the learning sciences and incorporate cutting-edge technologies. This first-to-market program in a pioneering discipline leverages the expertise of faculty from across the Lynch School of Education and Human Development. 

Throughout the on-campus program, you’ll complete design challenges, shadow working professionals, take field trips to technology incubators and collaboratories, and intern with local organizations. You’ll graduate with a dynamic portfolio that showcases the depth and breadth of your design work and demonstrates your capabilities in learner-centered design, leadership, and forward-thinking imagination.


What is Learning Engineering? 

Learning engineering is the systematic application of principles and methods from the learning sciences to support and better understand learners and learning. The discipline leverages human-centered design approaches to iteratively develop and improve design solutions that address specific learning needs and opportunities—often using technology.

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What Do Learning Engineers Do?

Learning engineers design innovative learning experiences and environments informed by the learning sciences. They deftly 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.

Who Is The Program For?

The Learning Engineering program is available for students from various academic, professional, and personal backgrounds. All majors are open to apply, no previous computer science or technology experience is required. For international students, Learning Engineering is a STEM designated program by the Department of Homeland Security. Learn more on the International Applicants page

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Where May You Find Employment?



  • 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

  • Building after-school and community programs

Job Titles

  • Learning Engineers

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

  • Instructional Designers and Evaluators

  • Curriculum Developers

  • Educational Technology Consultants

Program Facts

How many credits is the program?

30 credits 

How long will it take?

12 months

When can I start?

Fall semester - Orientation will be held August 24-28, 2020

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Program Faculty & Expertise

What will I study?


  • Courses: 16
  • Credits: 30
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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 $7.5 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. Here’s why:

Application Information




Regular Decision
Rolling Admission
After 1/6/20

Application Form


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 with significant relevant professional experience may submit additional recommendations from supervisors.


Undergraduate transcripts are required as part of the application process and graduate transcripts are accepted, but not required. Please note the following:

  • Only official transcripts, bearing the official seal of the institution and the signature of the relevant administrator, are acceptable.
  • Copies and unofficial transcripts are not acceptable.
  • If you are a current student and have not completed your undergraduate degree at the time your transcript is sent, the most updated version of your transcript is acceptable.

Transcripts must be mailed to the following address:

Boston College, Lynch School of Education
Office of Graduate Admission, Financial Aid, and Student Services
Campion Hall 135
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Standardized Tests

For all Boston College students and alumni
If you received any type of degree from Boston College, or if you are a current Boston College student, the GRE is not required.

For all other applicants
If you did not receive a degree from Boston College or if you are not a current Boston College student, the GRE is required.

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. Learn about requirements for international students.

Department Information


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