About the METALS Program

The Master of Educational Technology and Applied Learning Sciences (METALS) program is an intense one-year, interdisciplinary master's program that trains graduate students to apply evidence-based research in learning to create effective instruction and educational technologies within formal and informal settings.

The METALS program is jointly taught by faculty with the Human-Computer Interaction Institute (CMU School of Computer Science) and the Psychology Department (CMU Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences). This truly interdisciplinary program includes fundamentals from HCII and psychology, but also cognitive science, statistics, computer science, education and design.

Our students are trained to

  • Apply cognitive science methods to map learning objectives to well-designed instructional activities.
  • Learn how to use statistics to analyze extremely large data sets.
  • Create effective online educational courseware by learning the basics of tutor creation.
  • Use software engineering techniques to create these tutors.
  • Design an appropriate curriculum using the latest theories.

Highlights of the METALS Program

  • One year (12 month) program with 11 core courses and electives.
  • Culminates with a seven-month, team-based capstone project for an external client.
  • Students emerge as educational technology designers, developers, consultants, entrepreneurs, policy makers or evaluators
  • Diverse faculty members with backgrounds in learning sciences, human-computer interaction, psychology, design and computer science.

Visit the Masters of Educational Technology and Applied Learning Sciences program website to learn more about the METALS degree.


METALS Program Information

METALS Program Coordinator
Michael Bett
Human-Computer Interaction Institute
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Phone: 412-268-8616
Fax: 412-268-1266



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