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Online Master of Science in


Update your skills and expertise in the growing field of online education while increasing your marketability in today's economy.


(Please note: The MS in eLearning is an elevated program from the previously offered MS in Education, Option in Online Teaching and Learning program.)

Innovative Design That Inspires Effective Online Teaching and Training Careers

Open the door to new teaching or training opportunities as an eLearning instructional designer, technologist, administrator or specialist, update your skills in the growing field of online education, and increase your marketability in today’s economy.

Currently one of the most comprehensive online teaching and learning training program in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond, the MS in eLearning program empowers educators, instructors, trainers, staff and other professionals to effectively design and implement online courses/modules and utilize various technology, tools, and systems for the virtual learning environment.

A Dynamic, Custom Program that Puts Your Needs First

The MS in eLearning program focuses on your individual background, taking into consideration your subject area of expertise, current knowledge, and institutional or corporate setting. Throughout the program, you’ll learn about the critical and contemporary practice in the eLearning field and how to transform your course or training materials into an engaging and interactive online experience.

Advance at Your Own Speed

The MS in eLearning degree’s flexible, online format is perfect for busy working professionals like yourself, because it allows you to complete course assignments with your own unique schedule--in fact, you never need to be logged on to a class at any specific time.

Cal State East Bay’s MS in eLearning program attracts students from all over the world, providing you with a unique opportunity to engage with culturally diverse educators and collaborate for optimal learning outcomes. You’ll enjoy the hands-on curriculum in which both your facilitator and practitioners in the field along with fellow classmates provide meaningful feedback on specific assignments.

Courses are delivered entirely online as three separate learning units in eight week sessions, enabling you to complete your master’s degree in as little as three semesters. Each semester has two sessions, so if you take two courses per session (a total of four courses per semester) consecutively, you can finish within three semesters (approximately 12 months).

An Expanding Range of Opportunities

Online education is widespread, and the growing demand for quality eLearning designers, technologists, coordinators and educators is only increasing. The skills and proficiency you acquire in the MS in eLearning program can transfer over into almost any field based on your background, including university and college instruction, K-12 teaching, corporate and military training, educational administration, curriculum design, technical support, and other fields requiring design, development, implementation, and teaching services.

Occupational Trends

New Jobs

Employment of postsecondary teachers is projected to grow 11% from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations.
—U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Increase in Online Enrollments

Distance education enrollments increased for the fourteenth straight year, growing faster than they have for the past several years.
—Babson Survey Research Group in partnership with the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) 2018

Market Growth

In 2019, there were over 14,500 job postings related to eLearning throughout California alone.
—QCEW Employees - Emsi

How can an advanced degree in elearning impact your career?
Find out directly from CSUEB graduates. »

Join a Distinguished Community
of Online Education Experts

The demand for online education and training has continued to grow exponentially since the late 1990s, and the need for qualified online trainers and educators is ever increasing.

MS in eLearning graduates leave the program equipped with the competencies necessary to develop curriculum for a completely online environment, making them invaluable in any workplace.

In fact, graduates come from a variety of settings, including higher education, K-12, corporate, non-profit, business, and the military. Here’s just some of what you should expect to achieve as a student in the MS in eLearning program:

  • Assess characteristics of online learners and components of an online teaching & learning environment.
  • Synthesize an effective online teaching and learning environment based on current research, recent innovative ideas, and best practices.
  • Apply teaching strategies, learning theories, and design models to online curriculum development.
  • Apply current teaching and learning tools / technologies to online learning environment.
  • Design a successful implementation of an online program.
  • Develop a well designed quality online curriculum/course.

From online instructors at universities and community colleges to head online trainers for HR departments and companies in the healthcare industry, MS in eLearning graduates have advanced in their career path and secured positions in a variety of settings.

I was looking for a program that focused on practical application in online learning. I found that each course in the program gave me the opportunity to examine contemporary best practice. The diversity of work and experiences brought to each course by my classmates amplified this. I am more effective as a result, and the quality of the products that I develop reflects that.”

Jim Kiggens

I was lucky enough to be in the first cohort group to graduate from the program. It changed the focus of my entire career and I credit that program with my success. It was a wonderful program with caring faculty and leadership and I strongly recommend it.

Dr. Marie Larcara

This was an amazing opportunity to continue my learning and to be able to teach in my home country of Colombia from Asia Pacific where I live now. The program was a great influence in my life and a big milestone in my permanent quest of being a good teacher.

Rafael J. Barros

Opportunities Available Exclusively To You

Cal State East Bay is committed to helping you find the perfect job to fit your personal and professional needs. That’s why this job board was created exclusively for current students and graduates of the MS in eLearning program.

Accessible Anytime, Anywhere

All MS in eLearning courses are conveniently offered online. Classes have a start and end date, and specific assignments with due dates in all units and modules. Once you log into our learning platform, you will find a syllabus and learning modules on how to start working on the course.

All courses are asynchronous, which means you never need to log in at a particular time or on a particular day, though you might want to consider logging in 3-4 times a week in order to complete your individual and group assignments and to participate in various engaging activities. You will also have the opportunity to discuss course content or your progress with facilitators via video conferencing at a time convenient to you and the facilitator.

You can look forward to engaging activities on topics such as maintaining instructor presence in an online course, design principles, innovative ideas in eLearning, teaching strategies, student assessment, and best practices in online teaching and learning. All of these concepts lead up to your final project in which you will completely design your own online course and demonstrate your ability of using technology, tools, and systems effectively.

With a completely online program, you can look forward to communicating with your facilitators and advisors in a variety of ways: email, telephone, chat room office hours, and/or video conference. A high-speed Internet connection is strongly recommended.

Degree Requirements

To earn your Master of Science in eLearning, you must complete 10 courses: eight required and two electives. All courses are 3.0 semester units.

You may also apply 9 semester units (equivalent to any 3 courses) from the Online Teaching and Learning Certificate towards the MS in eLearning program. You will only need seven more courses to earn the MS in eLearning degree.

Course Schedules

View the latest course schedules here.

Required Courses

Each course is 8 weeks.

Course Units
OTL 601: Introduction to Online Teaching and Learning 3
OTL 602: Instructional Methods for Online Instruction 3
OTL 603: Technology Tools for Online Instruction 3
OTL 604: Designing Curriculum for Online Instruction 3
OTL 605: Educational Planning and Development for Online Programs 3
OTL 606: Research in Online Teaching and Learning
(Will meet the UWSR if completed with at least a “C” grade)
OTL 608: Critical and Contemporary Practice in eLearning Design and Technology 3
OTL 693: Capstone Project* 3

*Must be taken in your last semester in the program.

View sample degree completion plans.

Elective Courses

Please refer to MyCSUEB for a current listing of MS in eLearning courses being offered. You will need two electives.

Course Units
Electives (select two; specific electives are only offered during certain terms.)
OTL 672: Content Development for Online Learning 3
OTL 673: Supervising and Evaluating Online Teaching and Learning 3
OTL 680: Building the Online Environment 3
OTL 681: Creating Digital Media for Online Instruction 3
OTL 682: Designing and Implementing User Interfaces for Online Instruction 3

University Writing Skills Requirement (UWSR)

OTL 606 will meet the UWSR if completed with a grade of "C" or better. Even if you have met the UWSR previously (i.e., earned your bachelor's degree at another CSU campus, received an essay score of 4.5 or higher on the GMAT or GRE, or earned an essay score of 53 or higher on the CBEST), you must still take OTL 606 since it is a required course in the program.

Next, meet your faculty. »

Jesse Boeding

EDD  University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education

MSED University of Wisconsin, La Crosse

BA Luther College

Jesse Boeding


Recognized for creating innovative tools, processes, and protocols to facilitate student-centered initiatives that provide accountability and scale to student services teams, Jesse Boeding has twenty years’ experience developing and running programs in higher education as well as in the corporate environment focusing on training, outsourced support, and research management. With an eye on data, she is now exploring how emerging technologies can provide a personalized experience for students, while simultaneously creating the space for personal, high quality one-on-one engagement with professional student services professionals.

David Dodick


David Dodick, Ph.D. is an educator specializing in language, literacy, and technology who has studied the implications for native and non-native speaking students of teaching and learning in the digital era. He created one of the first cross-cultural learning projects on the Internet, linking 171 students and teachers in four countries and two languages.

Prior to joining Cal State East Bay, Dr. Dodick worked with clients including the Stanford Graduate Schools of Education and Business, and Silicon Valley technology firms. He has taught at San José University, Stanford University, and Carnegie Mellon University - Silicon Valley.

Professor Dodick holds a Ph.D. in education from the University of Toronto, an M.S. in education from the University of Rochester, and a B.A. in commerce from the University of Toronto. He obtained his K-12 teacher certification in New York State and Ontario, Canada.

Anne Guptill


I have a passion for online teaching and learning.

Anne Guptill, Ph.D. is an instructional design consultant, multimedia development, online developer, and teacher. With many years of experience in systems design, development, integration, management, and training, she has been dedicated to technology-based training and education, developing custom web-based training and education courses. She has been developing web-based courses since 1998 and has been teaching online since 2001. Professor Guptill  lives in the SF Bay Area and teaches in the MS. Ed. program (online teaching and learning option) at Cal State East Bay.

Datta Kaur Khalsa


Professor Datt Khalsa holds a Masters of Education with a specialty in Online Teaching and Learning from Cal State East Bay.  She has been teaching for this program since her graduation in 2001. Professor Khalsa went on to receive a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in the field of Language, Literacy and Culture. She has been involved with administration, program development, and teacher training for over 35 years and has K-12 and extensive higher education teaching and administrative experience.  Her conference presentations and publications include research on social media in the classroom, assessment, online education, virtual teamwork, global online communities, and cross-cultural communication in multidisciplinary K-12 curriculum.

Brenda McDorman


Engaging activities. Active Learning. Inspired teachers and learners. Real world connections. Increased creativity. Thinking outside the box! ~These are a few of my favorite things!

Brenda McDorman embraces life long learning, no matter the delivery. She has been involved with designing online course delivery and teaching online since 2006. She has also led instructional design for staff at William Woods University (Fulton, Missouri) in converting courses to an online environment. In addition to teaching online, she was involved in developing online courses for the MED Teaching and Technology program.

Prior to joining the online environment, she was an elementary teacher and also taught gifted learners in the K-12 program. Before her retirement from public education, she was the district instructional technology coordinator, leading professional development workshops supporting integrating technology into the curriculum. She is a Certified eMINTS Educational Technology Specialist.

Sherry McCarthy


The best part of teaching is transitioning the students to take over and educate themselves.

Sherry McCarthy, Ed.D. is a retired professor of education and vice president of Academic Affairs at William Woods University in Fulton, MO, where she helped develop the online learning programs.

She currently serves as an online instructor, consultant, and peer evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission. Dr. McCarthy has been an educator for over 40 years serving in roles from high school biology and English teacher to director of assessment to graduate education online courses. She received an Ed.D. in Higher Education Curriculum Development from University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

Monica Munoz

MS Ed.

Education is Freedom. – Paulo Freire

Monica Munoz is a Senior eLearning Specialist who has worked within the CSU system for the past five years. Currently, she works in the Office of the Online Campus at Cal State East Bay supporting faculty in implementing quality standards. Her passion lies in reducing the cost of instructional materials for students and continuously improving online courses to increase student success. She has contributed to the field of online learning by co-authoring “Reenvisioning an Instructional Design System for Higher Education”, which provides an alternative, comprehensive instructional design model for online architects. Munoz has also presented at several education conferences including: UPCEA, eLearning and Innovative Pedagogies conference, Blackboard World, Textbook Affordability Conference and Quality Matters.

Patrick Payne

MS Ed.

Teaching and learning online is a constantly evolving field. If you become too comfortable in your practice you are likely missing opportunities for you, and your learners, to advance.

Patrick Payne has and continues to pursue a practical path of Life Long Learning in a variety of fields that he finds interesting. He believes it’s never too late to become a novice. Over the past decade and a half, Payne has taught courses online at Canadian and American Universities. Over the same period, he has worked as a full-time instructional designer assisting other teachers to develop their skills in online course development.

Payne’s career background has included labor relations, international agricultural products exporting, healthcare, foodservice operations, and small business management. He has served as a member of the board of directors of a regional healthcare authority and currently serves as a board member of the Canadian Association of Instructional Designers. His academic background includes an Honours Degree in Business Administration, a Bachelor of Education degree focused on Adult Education, and a Master's in Education degree. Over the years, he has also acquired a variety of certificates, diplomas, and qualifications related to a variety of industries. Payne is a Certified Instructional Designer and a Member Emeritus of the UPCEA.

Cheryl Saelee


Cheryl Saelee has worked as a program development coordinator and a distance education manager for a small vocational college before coming to California State University, East Bay as a Senior eLearning Specialist. For the past eight years, she has worked with online faculty to enhance instructional delivery, improve learner assessment strategies, and mitigate the inherent barriers of online learning. Saelee obtained her Masters in Public Policy from Mills College, Oakland, CA. She has co-authored “Reenvisioning an Instructional Design System for Higher Education” which describes best practices developed at Cal State East Bay for developing online courses. Saelee has also presented at numerous conferences including Quality Matters and eLearning and Pedagogies conference, and she recently accepted a Catalyst Award for Leading Change at the Blackboard World conference.

Melanie Shaw


Melanie Shaw has spent the past two decades teaching and serving as an administrator in online higher education settings. She serves as an adjunct faculty at several institutions and facilitates webinars for the Online Learning Consortium. In addition to her teaching roles, she trains faculty to develop and deliver courses online, conducts research on topics related to nontraditional education, and is involved in strategic leadership relative to the vision for online education.

Shaw’s primary research interests include online teaching and learning, organizational leadership, and distance learning instructional practices. She is the author of several books, articles, and chapters including: An Evaluation of Student Outcomes by Course Duration in Online Higher Education; Establishing an Online Professional Development Community to Promote Faculty Engagement and Excellence; Distance Learning Courses: A Survey of Activities and Assignments; and Online Course Activities: A Survey of Assignment and Assessment Types. She is the winner of the Wagner Award for Outstanding Instructional Support and the Online Learning Consortium’s Effective Practice Award.

Shaw received a Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Curriculum and Teaching from Northcentral University, a master’s degree in Education Administration from Grand Canyon University, and a second master’s degree in School Counseling from the University of West Alabama. She received her bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies and Music from Excelsior College. She holds teaching certificates in online teaching, elementary education, and guidance counseling. She is married to a fantastic jazz musician and has two adult daughters.

Meg Taggart

MS Ed.

Even bad news can be good news to have-create opportunities for feedback!

Einstein said, “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” The mastery of a good teacher is not only to express a concept simply but to find multiple ways to express it. This can include being open to the co-creation of expression in a constructive learning environment.

Meg Taggart obtained an MS in Education with a concentration in Online Teaching and Learning at California State University, East Bay in 2011. In 2006, she completed a Multimedia Design Certificate Program that inspired her passion for creating engaging eLearning content.

In addition to teaching, Taggart is an instructional designer, academic technology consultant, and learning management system administrator at CSUEB. She is a certified Quality Matters higher education teacher training facilitator.

Her prior roles in education included the design of an Early Childhood Environmental Education program for teachers, as well as operations management and marketing functions.

Martins Shinkut


Dr. Martins Shinkut is a tenured professor of Technology Education/Computer Information Systems (CIS), graduate coordinator of MBA in Management Information Systems (MIS), and coordinator of an internship program. He served as technology coordinator for a public school district in Missouri and helped in developing online teacher education curriculum.

Dr. Shinkut holds a Ph.D. in Business Technology Education with a concentration in Business Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia. His research and research interests include job satisfaction of business education faculty of higher institutions, influence of information technology on the 21st century schools, online vs. traditional education, information technology risks, security and disaster recovery, influence of technology in social networking, enhancing portfolio with computer graphic design using Adobe Photoshop, cloud computing, and computer application using Microsoft Office, among others. Dr. Shinkut was also nominated for the Governor’s award for excellence in teaching/education.

James Thomas


James W. Thomas, PhD is a tech writer, college instructor, developer, and researcher with interests in learning design, evaluation, arts and technology, hardware UX, and human performance (human factors).

His PhD is from Arizona State in Educational Technology with a concentration in Arts, Media, and Engineering. His first ecomm site went live in 1997. He is also a musician who's either performed or shared a stage with an eclectic group of musicians ranging from Jazz great Sarah Vaughn to Metal icons Testament, to pioneering performance artist Rachael Rosenthal.

He developed and taught several music and media classes at ASU.

Roger Wen


Dr. Roger Wen is the founding Sr. Director of the Online Campus at California State University, East Bay. He oversees the campus online teaching and learning operation. Part of his duties include but not limited to the learning management system (LMS) and third-party tools that connect with Blackboard (e.g., Zoom, TurnItIn, Panopto, Smart Sparrow, SoftChalk). Dr. Wen was previously the funding dean of the online campus at a private university in Missouri. He was also a tenured professor with educational training in Business Administration, Human Resource Development, and Instructional Technology. He holds a Ph.D. in Technology Teaching/Information Science from the University of Missouri - Columbia.

Karen Yoshino


The surge in demand for instructional designers is here! And I want to be a part of it!

Dr. Karen Yoshino is a subject matter expert in competency-based education program design, outcomes assessment planning and design, online program strategy, and analytics for program improvement. In addition to her consulting experience in US higher education, corporate and government sectors, she has worked with clients in Hong Kong, Australia, United Arab Emirates, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. In addition to consulting, Dr. Yoshino has served on accreditation teams for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has served as the Executive Director of the SAT at the College Board in New York City. She earned her doctorate in Education (Higher Education Leadership) at Claremont Graduate University.

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Admission Requirements

For admission into the MS in eLearning program, you will need to:

  • Hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with a 3.0 GPA
    • If you have a baccalaureate degree from out of the country, you must have your transcripts evaluated by the International Admissions Office.
  • If your overall undergraduate GPA is less than 3.0, we will evaluate the last 60 semester units (or 90 quarter units) of upper-division, post-baccalaureate, or graduate-level course-work to determine if you have at least a 3.0 GPA in those courses.
  • Have content knowledge with background in face-to-face teaching, training, HR, or faculty development. Or, be an aspiring eLearning specialist with interest in design, technology, and/or coordination of elearning programs. Your subject matter background can be from any field or content area.
    • A teaching credential is not required to join the program unless you have expressed that you wish to teach online at the K-12 level.

How to Apply

1. Complete the Graduate Application and your Statement of Purpose

Please select: eLearning - MS on Cal State Apply.

Your statement of purpose should explain why you'd like to be accepted to the program, your relevant teaching and/or training background (if any) and how obtaining the degree would fit into your career plans. Make sure to include your contact information in case of questions. The statement of purpose should be addressed to Dr. Roger Wen, Program Director.

You must upload the statement of purpose as part of your Cal State Apply application. Without it, you will not be able to submit your application.

View the guide on how to complete the Graduate Application on Cal State Apply.

2.  Submit your transcripts directly to the Office of Admissions

You can submit official transcripts electronically.  The originating institution must send the transcript directly to  electronictranscripts@csueastbay.edu

E-transcripts are only considered official if it comes directly from the originating institution. It is considered unofficial if the applicant sends an e-transcript.

Alternatively, you can have a hardcopy mailed to our campus:  

Cal State East Bay
Office of Admissions
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd.
Hayward, CA 94542 

The Office of Admissions does not accept composite transcripts. A composite transcript is described as transcripts that contain courses taken at another college and are not considered to be native units earned at that institution.

  • This includes all institutions before and after the award of the applicant’s bachelor degree

If you completed your undergraduate degree internationally, you also must have a TOEFL score of 80 (ibt) for the internet-based test or letter from the college or university certifying that English was the language of instruction. This requirement only applies if you graduated from a country where English is not the official language. Refer to the English proficiency requirement for graduate/post-baccalaureate students.


Please note:

  • Although we will continue to review your application if your transcripts arrive after the document deadline date, admission is not guaranteed until your application is considered complete and all your official transcripts have been reviewed by the Office of Admissions.
  • You must already possess an undergraduate degree when you submit your application. Your application will not be processed if your undergraduate degree is still pending.
  • There is no late admission into the program once the semester has started.
  • GRE or GMAT scores are not required.

Admission Deadlines

The application deadlines vary depending on the semester you plan to enter into the program. Please review the Application Information and Deadlines table below. New students are admitted each Spring and Fall term.

Term Application Filing Period Transcripts and Other Documents Due By
Spring 2021 8/1/20-11/1/20 11/30/20

You must enroll in a class during the semester you are admitted to the program. Failure to do so will result in a "no show" status and your acceptance into our program will be canceled. You cannot defer your enrollment to a future term; you will need to reapply.

Of Related Interest

If you missed the application deadline, you may start as a student in the Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning program while you decide whether to continue to the MS degree. Any three courses (equivalent to 9 semester units) from the Certificate program are fully transferable to the MSeL program. However, you must still meet graduate program admission requirements.

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Common Questions

What are the basic computer and technical skills I should have to be a successful online student in the program?

In addition to having a reliable computer and internet connection, the basic technical/computer skills you must have before taking our courses include knowing how to: use various browsers and search engines (e.g., Google, Yahoo, Firefox); use advanced search commands and evaluate web resources for authority, currency, purpose, and content; install and update software; and save and retrieve files in various formats (Word, .pdf, etc).

General knowledge on how to use programs for creating and editing documents, presentations, and spreadsheets are important, and Microsoft Office programs (i.e., Word, PowerPoint, Excel) are widely used.

You should also take the Online Readiness Self-Assessment to see if our online classes are a good fit and if you have the aptitude and basic computer skills necessary to be a successful online student.

What makes this program unique?

The MS in eLearning is a professional development degree program for aspiring eLearning designer, technologist, administrator or facilitator in whatever field you would like to have your career in.

Students who have joined our program come from various fields and disciplines, including teachers (K-12 and higher ed), instructional designers and trainers. Most continue in their current workplaces, though many also make lateral or upward moves into online teaching and learning administration or tech support.

Who should enroll in this program?
The MS in eLearning program does not provide actual teacher training and is not a credential program. Some students in the program are already credentialed K-12 or Adult Ed teachers or teach at the college or university level; or are corporate or non-profit trainers or faculty development specialists. Certain subject matter expertise in a face-to-face teaching/learning setting is helpful, for an institution that plans to move their degrees, workshops, or courses into a fully online format.
Is this program accredited?
Yes, the MS in eLearning degree is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
Is the program cohort-based?
The program is not a cohort. For maximum convenience, you can begin in either Spring or Fall semester and you can also fit your academic timeline to your work or family schedule. We have split our semester into two sessions, allowing students to take two courses per session (or a total of four courses per semester). However, you also have the option of taking only one class per session (which is equivalent to two courses per semester) or skip one semester since you are not locked into a cohort arrangement. While you may start out with the same classmates, you are not locked into an inflexible timeline. View sample degree completion roadmap.
Will this program help me obtain a K-12 teaching credential in California?
Coursework in the MS in eLearning program does not meet the requirements for a California K-12 teaching credential. For more information about Cal State East Bay's teacher credential program, visit the Teacher Ed Credential Student Service Center.
When can I start the MS eLearning program?
New students are admitted each Spring and Fall semester. However, you can start taking classes as a Certificate student, without formally applying to the program. You will still need to meet the admission requirements. Please contact the program manager at elearning@csueastbay.edu  for more information about this option.
How quickly can I earn my MS in eLearning Degree?

Courses are delivered entirely online in an eight week format, enabling you to complete your master's degree in as little as three semesters. Each semester has two sessions, so if you take two courses per session (a total of 4 courses per semester) consecutively, you can finish within three semesters.

View sample degree completion plans.

I have a bachelor’s degree but no teaching experience. Will this program help me become an online teacher?
If you plan to teach in higher ed, you will usually need a master’s or higher degree in your specialty area. The program can help show you how to update your current teaching/training materials to best fit your particular set of online learners, in that subject area, for whatever institution you are currently employed by.
Do I need to come to Cal State East Bay's campus to complete the program?
Courses in the MS in eLearning program are completely online. Campus attendance is never required or needed to complete the program.
I am an international student. Can I apply to this program?
Yes, we welcome international students! However, the program is not eligible for the F-1 student visa. If you are admitted, you will have to complete your coursework from your home country or another location. If you are already in the US but under a different visa status, you should contact the Center for International Education first to determine if you are allowed to apply to this program.
Can I complete the class at any time?

Each online class has a start and end date, and specific assignments with due dates in most weeks. But the courses are asynchronous. This means that you don’t need to log into the course at a specific time or on a specific day, as long as you complete the assigned work by the due date. Most of the coursework and assignments allow you to have the flexibility to work ahead and accommodate your busy schedule.

Most students log in 3-4 times a week in order to complete your individual and group assignments and to participate in various engaging learning activities. Once you log into the learning management system (Blackboard), you will find a syllabus and instructions on how to start working on the course.

What is the average amount of time I will need to dedicate to the online class?
You will need to spend about 14 to 16 hours per week on each class (including readings, writing papers, participating in discussion threads or other engaging activities).
Will it show on my transcript or diploma that I earned this degree online?
All programs at Cal State East Bay have gone through a careful curriculum review process. It will not show on either your transcript or diploma that you earned this degree online. Your diploma will look exactly the same as other degrees awarded at Cal State East Bay.
Do you have career placement assistance or internships for the MS in eLearning degree?

The majority of students are already teachers or trainers, and the overwhelming majority of them continue in their current workplaces, though many also make lateral or upward moves into online teaching and learning administration or tech support.

If an employer reaches out to us looking for candidates for an online teaching/training position, we post it on our Job Board, and LinkedIn group pages.

Are there special accommodations for students with disabilities?
If you need special accommodations for a disability, please contact the Accessibility Services as early as possible (preferably before the class begins). If you have questions about how students with disabilities are accommodated in online courses, please contact the program manager at elearning@csueastbay.edu.


Is Financial Aid available?

Yes. MS in eLearning students may be eligible for federal Financial Aid. Please note that only loans are available to MS in eLearning students. Our program is not eligible for grants.

Visit the University’s Financial Aid webpage for more information.

If you will be on Financial Aid, you must be enrolled in a minimum of four units for aid to be disbursed. If you need an additional 1-unit course to meet the minimum requirements for financial aid disbursement, you may enroll in OTL 690 (Independent Study).

Contact our program for more information: elearning@csueastbay.edu. Full-time graduate status for Financial Aid purposes is eight units. You must take three courses per semester in order to fulfill the eight-unit minimum requirement for full-time graduate status.

Is a Payment Plan available?
Yes. MS in eLearning students are eligible for a fee installment plan. For more information about this option, contact elearning@csueastbay.edu.

Accessibility Services

Does the university provide accessibility services?
Yes, our Accessibility Services department provides academic accommodations and support services to address the individual needs of students with differing abilities, permanent disabilities or temporary disabling conditions. For more information, including program details and contact information, visit csueastbay.edu/accessibility.

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At a Glance

Area of study: Master of Science Degree in eLearning

Ideal for: Those interested in transforming their course or training materials into an engaging and interactive online experience.

The program empowers educators, instructors, trainers, staff and other professionals to effectively design and implement online courses/modules and utilize various technology, tools, and systems for the virtual learning environment.

Program format: Online

Number of courses: 10 courses

Program length: As little as 12 months

Tuition fees: $13,260; $442 per semester unit (Tuition fees are subject to change at any time.)


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