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Learning Analytics

Master of Science in Educational Psychology

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Learn how to use data to make an impact on teaching, learning and policy in the world of education with a Master’s in Learning Analytics.


Is this program right for you?

The Master of Science in Educational Psychology, Learning Analytics option from the University of Wisconsin–Madison gives you the knowledge and tools to break down data into dynamic analyses that will help guide decisions and improvements in education.

Coursework is designed to equip you with the foundational knowledge and skills necessary to successfully navigate the educational data mining landscape. With an emphasis on both quantitative and qualitative coursework, the curriculum trains you to make calculated analyses and have meaningful conversations. You will also study the theoretical perspectives on learning, cognition, and ethical decision-making, as well as practice applying and adapting analytic methodologies and tools. The curriculum culminates in a capstone project to practice with and present real-world data.

A Learning Analytics masters degree also prepares you for a variety of careers. Within the education sector, you may pursue a career with universities, individual K-12 schools,
districts, and state-level departments of education, as well as independent education research organizations, education think-tanks and start-ups, and education non-profits. You’ll also be qualified to enter fields outside of public education, such as online program management, international development organizations, the Department of Defense, corporate training, and assessment organizations

Is this program right for you?

The Master of Science in Educational Psychology, Learning Analytics option from the University of Wisconsin–Madison gives you the knowledge and tools to break down data into dynamic analyses that will help guide decisions and improvements in education.

Coursework is designed to equip you with the foundational knowledge and skills necessary to successfully navigate the educational data mining landscape. With an emphasis on both quantitative and qualitative coursework, the curriculum trains you to make calculated analyses and have meaningful conversations. You will also study the theoretical perspectives on learning, cognition, and ethical decision-making, as well as practice applying and adapting analytic methodologies and tools. The curriculum culminates in a capstone project to practice with and present real-world data.

A Learning Analytics masters degree also prepares you for a variety of careers. Within the education sector, you may pursue a career with universities, individual K-12 schools,
districts, and state-level departments of education, as well as independent education research organizations, education think-tanks and start-ups, and education non-profits. You’ll also be qualified to enter fields outside of public education, such as online program management, international development organizations, the Department of Defense, corporate training, and assessment organizations

Admissions requirements

All applicants must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0.
  • Submit evidence of English language proficiency, if applicable. The required proficiency scores are: TOEFL IBT 92, PBT 580; or IELTS 7.0.

Application materials required:

  • Online application
  • Resume/CV
  • Statement of purpose
  • Transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation

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Program Overview: Educational Psychology: Learning Analytics

October 12
noon-12:30 p.m.
Interested in using data to make an impact on teaching, learning, and policy in the world of education? Join program staff to learn more about the MS in Educational Psychology: Learning Analytics program, including the curriculum, the application process, and scholarships.
Register for Program Overview: Educational Psychology: Learning Analytics

Program Overview: ELPA: Global Higher Education

October 12
4-4:30 p.m.
Join Program Director Professor Weijia Li to learn more about the Master of Science in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis: Global Higher Education (GHE) Program, including admission requirements, the application process, curriculum, and alumni job placement.
Register for Program Overview: ELPA: Global Higher Education

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Program highlights

  • The Department of Educational Psychology at UW–Madison is a leader in its field and on the forefront of new innovations and practices in education.
  • The curriculum balances both quantitative and qualitative courses, which trains you to make calculated analyses and have meaningful conversations.
  • The UW–Madison Department of Educational Psychology is ranked #1 among departments of educational psychology according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2023 Best Graduate School rankings.

The UW–Madison School of Education was ranked 5th in the nation in 2022 — marking the ninth straight year it has been rated among the top five by U.S. News and World Report.

How you'll learn

  • Complete 2-year, 30-credit curriculum.
  • Courses are 100% online, allowing you the flexibility to complete your coursework from anywhere without disrupting your career.
  • This program also includes a capstone project to practice with and present real-world data.

Sample curriculum

Year I

  • Thinking and Learning
  • Foundations of Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods
  • Learning Analytics Theory and Practice

Year II

  • Quantitative Ethnography
  • Instructional Design for Learning Analytics
  • Conversations and Visualizations
  • Capstone in Learning Analytics

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Job outlook

Top Job Titles
  • Instructional Designer
  • Curriculum Manager
  • Director of Education
  • Curriculum Designer
  • Training Manager
  • Program Manager

Projected Job Growth
10.5% for Instructional Coordinators (2016-2026)

Source: Burning Glass Technologies: Labor Insight. 2020.
Burning Glass Technologies’ Market Salary is an estimated expected salary. Market Salary uses machine learning algorithms to account for experience, skill, and education among other factors that may impact individual salaries.

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Our friendly, knowledgeable enrollment coaches are here to answer your questions. Contact an enrollment coach to:

  • Learn how to make this program work with your life/schedule
  • Verify credit transfers
  • Get help with your application
  • Determine if financial aid is available

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