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MA in Technology for Learning FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • Why choose Hofstra University’s M.A. in Technology for Learning?
    • All students in the M.A. program will learn to create interactive learning activities for delivery on SMART Boards and have the opportunity to create educational games for delivery on iPads, tablet computers, and other mobile devices.
    • Many of Hofstra’s educational technology courses are offered online, providing students with a blended learning experience and a mixture of online and face-to-face classroom learning experiences.
    • Hofstra’s School of Education students have the opportunity to connect with a large network of cooperating teachers and alumni.
    • Every student will develop an educational game prototype ready to be delivered on Apple Store and Google Play. 
  • I am interested in pursuing this program. How do I get started?
    • Prospective students are invited to meet with the program director at any time.  The Office of Graduate Admissions also schedules information sessions and open houses throughout the year where you can visit campus for more information.  Explore the plan of study online and when you are ready to apply, the application is fully online.  For more information, visit Hofstra.edu/graduate.
  • Am I able to transfer credits towards earning my degree?
    • Students may transfer up to 9 semester hours of graduate work from a previous institution.  School of Education faculty evaluate course equivalencies on a case-by-case basis. 
  • What should I look for in a degree program that offers distance education?
    • Currently, the core classes of the Technology for Learning M.A. are offered in an asynchronous online format, allowing full time professionals to complete courses at their convenience while receiving advanced training in instructional technology.  Online courses at Hofstra use a state of the art learning management system called Blackboard, and support services are offered conveniently through Student Computing Services.
  • How much does the program cost?
    • For up to date information on tuition and fees, please visit the Bursar’s Office.
  • How many hours per week will I need to study?
    • Generally for every 3 semester hours, students study for 6-9 hours outside of course instruction.
  • What is Blackboard?
    • Blackboard is Hofstra University’s learning management system where faculty post learning plans and activities.  From this portal, students can access course materials, submit assignments, and interact with peers through discussion boards. 
  • What are the computer requirements for participation in the program?
    • Students must be equipped with a desktop or lap, either PC or Mac, that is compatible with multimedia (for example, has speakers, microphones, and preferably a webcam).  Software requirements include a web browser such as Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari or Google Chrome (with Flash Player installed), Microsoft Office programs, and Adobe Reader.  Students are advised to have a stable internet connection and access to a printer.  
  • How long does it take to complete the program?
    • Students can complete the program in 1 to 2 years, depending on their status as part-time or full-time.  Courses are offered throughout the Fall, January, Spring, and Summer sessions to ensure timely progression through the program. 
  • Is there a deadline for admission?
    • Admission is rolling, through applicants are encouraged to apply early.  As mentioned previously, all applicants are submitted online by visiting Hofstra.edu/gradapply
  • Are there scholarships available?
    • Students are evaluated for merit-based scholarships through their graduate application.  Each department has limited funds to distribute, so prospective students are encouraged to apply early.  Students may also wish to consult the Office of Student Financial Services for additional resources by calling 516-463-8000.

For additional FAQs and application support, please visit the Office of Graduate Admissions