Learning and Performance Technology

Learning and Performance Technology (formerly ISD) is one of UMBC’s most established graduate programs. Our online certificate and Master’s programs provide an innovative and engaging curriculum. We offer all courses in an online format to accommodate the schedules of busy working professionals. If you are interested in designing, delivering, supporting, and measuring training, learning, and performance within organizations the LAPT graduate program at UMBC  will prepare you to claim your future.

In June 2020 the Instructional Systems Development program changed its name to Learning and Performance Technology. See the announcement here!

For up-to-date information on how UMBC is responding to COVID-19, visit Retriever Ready: COVID-19 Response.

Average Completion Time

  • 3-4 Years (Master’s Part Time)
  • 1 year (Certificate part-time)

Credit Hours

  • 36 (Master’s)
  • 12 (Certificate)

Tuition & Fees

Start Date


Featured Event

Text: Application Deadline next to a clock with a Maryland flag face.
Fall 2022 Application Deadline
Monday, August 1

The deadline to apply for most programs for the Fall 2022 semester is on August 1, 2022. Application requirements vary per program, so make sure you visit the How to Apply page of your intended program for details.

See our full event listing for more opportunities to connect with us!

We’re here to help! Stay connected with us.


Why Learning and Performance Technology?

With the rapid expansion of online learning platforms and nontraditional educational opportunities, experienced Instructional Designers and Performance Improvement Specialists are in high demand. In both the public and private sectors, there is a significant need for trained professionals who can design and deliver effective learning products. Through applied learning and a future-focused curriculum, UMBC’s graduate programs in Learning and Performance Technology will help you meet this demand.

  • The LAPT graduate program at UMBC helps students advance their career and achieve their professional goals in this rapidly expanding field.
  • Students complete their program with a professional portfolio of work that they can show to potential employers, providing a significant competitive advantage.
  • Our graduates work in positions in a wide variety of high-profile organizations. These include IBM, the National Security Agency, T. Rowe Price, Booz Allen and Hamilton, Johns Hopkins Hospital and many more.
  • As the career outlook for Instructional Designers looks bright, now is a great time to consider a professional degree.


Best Colleges US News and World Report National Universities 2021
Learn more about UMBC’s rankings in the 2021 U.S. News & World Report!
  • The faculty for our Learning and Performance Technology Programs is comprised of industry experts.
  • UMBC provides education and training opportunities that respond to the need for trained and qualified technical professionals.
  • Times Higher Education has named UMBC one of the top universities worldwide for social and economic impact in 2019 and 2020.
  • UMBC has earned accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education; the Accrediting Board for Engineering Technology, Inc.; the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Looking for more info?