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Master's in IDT: Design and Development

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  • 100% online
  • No thesis
  • 10 courses
  • Graduate in 4 semesters
  • Built for working professionals
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Our Design and Development track prepares professionals to work as instructional designers in business, government, military, health care and education. 

In this program, you will study user experiences; goal, objective and skills development; message and graphic design; artistic representation; client interaction; and organizational change management. The Masters of Science program works with local business and education partners to manage projects, collaborate in team-based environments, develop multimedia-rich learning solutions and assess training. 

Regardless of your background, there is a place for you in our program! Many designers happen upon the profession from varied career paths (e.g., art, business, communication, computer science, education, English, graphic design, psychology, sociology). Join our eclectic group to design the future of education and training!

This program prepares professionals for the following careers:

  • Instructional designer
  • Trainer
  • Learning experience designer
  • Learning engineer
  • User experience designer
  • Multimedia developer
  • Performance support specialist
  • Instructional consultant
  • Instructional technologist
  • Learning technologist
  • Curriculum developer
  • e-Learning specialist
  • Project management

This fully online program consists of 10 courses (30-credit hours) that can be completed in four semesters!


Program of Study

Course Title
EDPR 7521 Introduction to Educational Research
IDT 7052 Introduction to Instructional Design and Technology
IDT 7060 Message Design
IDT 7070 Instructional Design Process I
IDT 7074 Theories and Models of Instructional Design
IDT 7080 Learning Experience Design
IDT 7090 Developing Interactive Learning Environments I
IDT 7xxx IDT Elective I
IDT 7xxx IDT Elective II
IDT 7095 Developing Interactive Learning Environments II

Program Timeline

IDT Master's students can begin their program during any semester. However, our sample schedule begins in the Fall.

Fall #1 Spring #1 Summer #1 Fall #2
IDT 7070 IDT 7060 IDT 7052 EDPR 7521
IDT 7090 IDT 7080 IDT 7074 IDT 7095
  Elective I Elective II  

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Students in this online degree do not pay out-of-state tuition! Visit the Tuition Estimator > to begin planning your graduate studies budget (Select eRate under Resident Status).

You can investigate opportunities for scholarships > and financial aid >. Graduate assistantships are occasionally available.

Program admissions occur on a rolling deadline. However, applicants should submit materials at least one month prior to their desired semester start date (Spring, Summer, or Fall).

Application materials include a cover letter, university transcripts for completed undergraduate degrees and two letters of recommendation. Non-native speakers of English must also complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The Graduate Records Examination is not required for our Masters Degree programs.

See the Graduate Catalog > for additional details.