Master of Science in Instructional Design

Learn how to create meaningful learning experiences

From the academic world to the boardroom and everything in between, continued education and growth is vital. Keeping up with the growing knowledge of an ever-changing world, however, is no small task. Instructional design is a field that works to better understand the learning process and find ways to connect people with the information and skills they need to thrive.

Instructional design courses for a rapidly changing world

Our Master of Science in Instructional Design program will help students learn how to apply instructional design theory to the creation of learning and training materials. This includes hands-on experience in planning, analysis, development and project management. Upon graduation, students will be prepared to take on a range of roles across multiple sectors including areas such as education, business and manufacturing.

This program is designed to align with instructional design competencies including those established by the International Board of Standards for Training, Performance and Improvement© (ibstpi), the Association for Talent Development (ATD) and the Association for Educational Communication and Technology (AECT). Students will learn the fundamentals of instructional design, how to analyze the needs of learners and how to develop powerful and engaging learning materials. Additionally, students will explore design principles for multimedia learning and get valuable hands-on experience. This includes completing a digital portfolio to showcase the skills they have developed throughout the program.

Earn your Master of Science in Instructional Design

At Northcentral University you can complete your Master of Science in Instructional Design completely online. You’ll be able to interact with your professors and get the personal attention you deserve thanks to our unique one-to-one learning model. We also have weekly start dates to offer you the flexibility you need to fit continued education into your busy schedule.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Employ communication strategies in instructional design
  • Investigate ethical, legal, and political factors influencing instructional and training interventions
  • Analyze relevant principles and theories in the context of instructional design
  • Conduct necessary analyses to inform the design of instructional and training solutions
  • Design research-based instructional and training solutions using multiple delivery systems

Career Potential*

  • Instructional Coordinators
  • Instructional Designers and Technologists
  • Training and Development Managers
  • Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School
  • Education Administrators, Postsecondary
  • Education Administrators, All Other
  • Distance Learning Coordinators
  • Training and Development Specialists
  • Education Teachers, Postsecondary
  • Postsecondary Teachers, All Other
*Positions may require additional experience, training and other factors beyond successfully completing this degree program. Many roles may also require state licensure, and it is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all licensure requirements are met.

Master of Science in Instructional Design Program at a Glance

Total Credit Hours: 36 Credit Hours
Courses: 12 Courses
Recommended Completion Time: 25 Months
Next Start Date: Every Monday
Classroom Size: One