Harnessing Data Analytics to Power Educational Outcomes

Looking to make an impact in education using data? Meet the Master of Science in Educational Psychology – Learning Analytics program, a skills-based degree designed for working professionals. Learn balanced analytical methods, design strategies, and communication skills in the 7 or 8-course curriculum. Work with a world-class teaching team to perform and present analyses. Improve educational outcomes in a range of learning environments. Collaborate with students in the cohort and build professional relationships.

“Previously I viewed stats and quant research as this cold, steely, sterile enterprise of dehumanizing people into numbers without knowing and understanding the why of behaviors. This program has caused me to do a 180° on that perspective.”

–Dr. Matthew Boutilier, Class of 2023 and Associate Dean of Online Education at Trinity International University

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Is this program right for you?

The Learning Analytics program is a convenient, fully online graduate degree offered through the Department of Educational Psychology in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In just two years, working professionals can complete this Learning Analytics program in one of the nation’s leading educational psychology departments (as listed in the rankings of the U.S. News & World Report’s edition of best graduate schools).

Drop-In Office Hours

Program director Julia Rutledge hosts weekly office hours for prospective students. Feel free to stop by get questions answered about:

Program Director Dr. Julia Rutledge

Curriculum design * Online modality * Instructional team * Time commitment * Job prospects… and more!

Join via Zoom on Tuesdays, any time between 12:30-1:30CST

Program Overview



Online & Asynchronous

Program Type

Professional master’s degree


24 contiguous months with cohorts beginning in summer


30 graduate credits

Prerequisite Courses



$1,000 per credit for residents & non-residents

Other Costs

None. This is a Z-degree (zero-textbook cost).

Graduate Assistantships

Students may accept graduate assistantships at UW-Madison; however, they are not eligible to receive the tuition remission.


Committed Scholars Program

Application Deadline

Admissions close May 1

Offered By

School of Education

Degree Conferred

Master of Science in Educational Psychology

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Curriculum & Course Information

Student Spotlight: Then and Now

LAMP student Anjali Yadav

When Anjali Yadav joined the Learning Analytics program in 2021, she was the Associate Director of District Success at CommonLit, a nonprofit in Washington DC. In this 2021 interview, Anjali shares her insight into why she selected the program, how the online modality fits within her schedule, and her goals for implementing the skills she learns in the program within her career.

Now, Anjali has pivoted within CommonLit to join the data science team as a Junior Data Scientist. Upon graduating from the Learning Analytics program in 2023, she accepted a fellowship with the Harvard Strategic Data Project where she will work to understand how CommonLit products can better support teacher decision-making in the classroom. Read more about the fellowship and her experience in the Learning Analytics program in this 2023 interview.

Leader in Inclusion and Equity

The School of Education is a diverse and inclusive campus leader of academic programs that focus on equitable solutions and innovative research through the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.


Questions? Chat with Pat, our Enrollment Coach

As an enrollment coach, my role is to answer your questions about the Learning Analytics program and to help you decide if this program is the right fit for you and your career goals. Prospective students often ask me about:

  • Eligibility: Am I qualified?
  • Workload: What’s the typical weekly time commitment?
  • Collaboration: How will I be interacting with the teaching team and other students?
  • Application advice: Who should I ask for a reference? How can I improve my resume?
  • Etc.

Pat Walsh, Enrollment Coach

I am here to help you navigate this decision process and welcome you into the Badger family.

So let’s connect!

Email me: pat.walsh@wisc.edu

Schedule a meeting with me via Calendly

The Power & Promise of Learning Analytics

“Between the exciting curriculum emphasizing effective use and interpretation of cutting-edge integrated methodologies, the opportunities to interact with and learn from the world-renowned faculty, and the accessibility and convenience that can only arise from an entirely online program, the Learning Analytics program at UW-Madison provides a truly world-class education, and an educational experience unlike that of any other program available.”

– James Wollack,  Department Chair

“Learning Analytics provides researchers with exciting new tools to study teaching and learning. Moreover, as data infrastructures improve — from data capture and analysis, to visualization and recommendation — we can close the feedback loop to learners, offering more timely, precise, actionable feedback. In addition, educators, instructional designers and institutional leaders gain new insights once the learning process is persistent and visible.”

– Society for Learning Analytics Research (S0LAR)

“Whether educational data is taken from students’ use of interactive learning environments, computer-supported collaborative learning, or administrative data from schools and universities, it often has multiple levels of meaningful hierarchy, which often need to be determined by properties of the data itself, rather than in advance. Issues of time, sequence, and context also play important roles in the study of educational data.”

 – The International Educational Data Mining Society (IEDMS)