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Learning Design and Technology Program Admissions

***Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the requirements for GRE have been suspended until 2023 and beyond***

Interested in the Learning Design and Technology Graduate Program?
All students in the School of Journalism & Media Studies graduate program begin their studies in the fall semester. Admission decisions are made the prior spring.
Important Dates

Admissions cycle opens October 1 of every year. CSU Application (through Cal State Apply) due on May 2 of the following year; Supplementary materials due to Interfolio by May 2 of the following year.

You may enroll in LDT courses through Open University (Global Campus) before your admission. Up to 9 units (3 courses) can be transferred towards LDT’s M.A. degree; up to 6 units (2 courses) can be transferred towards one of our professional certificates. For course selection, please contact grad advisor: mwang@sdsu.edu. To register, please visit https://ces.sdsu.edu/open-university-registration.

Graduate Admission Process and Requirements

SDSU Graduate Application Instructions

The below links will direct you to detailed explanations. Download this admission flyer for the current cycle.

IMPORTANT: Carefully review all of the below requirements and procedures so that you’ll have all the necessary materials required for applying to SDSU and to the School of Journalism and Media Studies.

Here are the steps:

Alert JMS/LDT to Your Intent

Please take a moment to complete the JMS/LDT Prospective Student Form so our graduate advisors can answer any questions and keep you updated on stateside programs. Back to top

At Interfolio, you will be guided through the process to:
  • Apply to SDSU via Cal State Apply and receive your RED ID – your official SDSU student ID number.
  • Submit official transcripts and/or English Proficiency Test scores (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE Academic, or Duolingo English Test)
  • Log in to Interfolio with your SDSU ID, fill out the required forms and upload the following supplementary materials:
    • Transcripts (unofficial ones for your most recent university/college attended).
    • A statement of your personal interests and professional goals.
    • Resume
    • Letter of Recommendation (1- can be from academic or professional) – optional but encouraged. You may obtain the letter and upload directly to Interfolio.
    • (Note: Please refer to LDT’s Interfolio application page for the latest requirement)

Details about the CSU Application via Cal State Apply

SDSU uses the California State University common admission application for both domestic and international students. The application and fee can be completed online through Cal State Apply. If you cannot apply online, you should contact the Graduate Admissions Office to make special arrangements to apply electronically with campus assistance. International students should apply through Cal State Apply.

It is important to complete the CSU application as soon as possible in order to be issued your RED ID number. After you submit your electronic application, your RED ID number will be assigned and provided to you. This number will allow you to submit your transcripts and test scores, and track your application status online; it also enables the School of Journalism & Media Studies to monitor your application file.

For detailed information regarding SDSU Graduate Admissions, transcripts, test scores, and international students, visit SDSU Graduate Admissions.
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Submit Official Transcripts

All applicants should submit official transcripts (in sealed envelopes) to Graduate Admissions from all post-secondary institutions attended. Transcripts are required for ALL institutions, even if only one class was taken. Students who attended SDSU need only submit transcripts for work completed since their last attendance. Students with international coursework must submit both the official transcript and proof of degree. If documents are in a language other than English, they must be accompanied by a certified English translation.

Official Transcripts should be mailed to:
    Enrollment Services
    Graduate Admissions Document Processing Unit
    San Diego State University
    5500 Campanile Drive
    San Diego, CA 92182-7416
**Attention Students with international coursework: You will need to have your school send Graduate Admissions one official original-language record of all academic coursework and proof of degree. For each document, a certified literal English translation must also be provided. The translation may come directly from the school itself or from a professional, certified translator. The translation must contain all information shown on the original-language documents. For details on which documents are required, visit the Requirements by Country page.
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English Proficiency Tests

Required for applicants who do not possess a bachelor’s degree from a postsecondary institution where English is the principal language of instruction. Results from ONE of the following tests must be submitted:
  1. TOEFL minimum score of 80 iBT/ 550 PBT: Score must be sent electronically from Educational Testing Service (ETS) using the SDSU institution code: 4682. Test score must be from within the past two years.
  2. IELTS overall score of 6.5 or higher: Score report must be sent directly to the SDSU Graduate Admissions Office. Test score must be from within the past two years.
  3. PTE minimum score of 58 or higher: Score report must be sent directly to the SDSU Graduate Admissions Office. Test score must be from within the past two years.
  4. Duolingo English Test: Score of 105 or higher. Score can be sent electronically from Duolingo, to the SDSU Graduate Admissions Office. Test score must be from within the past two years.
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