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Harnessing Data Analytics to Power Educational Outcomes

The Wisconsin Idea is one of the deepest and longest-held principles surrounding the University of Wisconsin: that education should influence people’s lives beyond the boundaries of the classroom. The Master of Science in Educational Psychology: Learning Analytics program empowers graduates to impact teaching, learning, and policy by harnessing vast amounts of educational data. This program is intended to help students break down this ‘big data’ into dynamic analyses that will help guide decisions and improvements in education to bridge the equity gap. Coursework equips students with the foundational knowledge and skills necessary to successfully navigate the educational data mining landscape: A focus on both quantitative and qualitative courses provides balance and trains students to make calculated analyses and have meaningful conversations. Students will learn the theoretical perspectives on learning, cognition, and ethical decision-making, as well as practice applying and adapting analytic methodologies and tools. This 24-month program includes a capstone project that partners students with an educational organization, providing the opportunity to practice and present real-world data. The program is committed to bridging the equity gap in education; learning analytics is the first step to do so.

Is this program right for you?

The Learning Analytics program is a convenient, fully online education program 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 Master of Science in Educational Psychology: Learning Analytics degree in one of the leading educational psychology departments (as listed in the rankings of the U.S. News & World Report’s edition of best graduate schools).

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Program Overview



Program Type

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

There are no other fees associated with tuition. This is a Z-degree (zero-textbook cost) and all materials are included within the tuition cost.


Committed Scholars Program

Application Deadline

Admissions close May 1

Offered By

School of Education

Degree Conferred

Master of Science in Educational Psychology: Learning Analytics

Student Spotlight

LAMP student Anjali YadavMeet Anjali Yadav, Associate Director of District Success at CommonLit, a nonprofit in Washington DC. 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 LAMP within her career.

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Questions? Chat with Heather, our Enrollment Coach

As an enrollment coach, my role is to answer your questions about the Learning Analytics Master’s Program and to help you decide if this program is the right fit for you and your career goals. I love listening to your questions, concerns, and stories. I believe every person has value, is unique, and deserves equal access to a high quality education. I am here to answer whatever questions you have about UW–Madison and to welcome you into the Badger family.

Contact me directly: heather.danielson@wisc.edu

A Message From Our Chair

"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

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.


The Power & Promise of Learning Analytics

"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)

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