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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 is no small task. Instructional design is a field that works to 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 learning and training materials, including hands-on experience in planning, analysis, development, and project management. Upon graduation, students will be prepared to take on roles across multiple sectors, including education, business, and manufacturing.

This program aligns 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 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, including 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 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*

Earning an MS in Instructional Design can open opportunities in academia and beyond. With the management skills that often come with earning this degree, management and other upper-level positions are possible. According to Emsi data* and research, you can apply your degree in a variety of popular fields and settings.


  • Instructional designer
  • Design professional
  • Learning/development manager
  • Learning experience designer
  • Learning designer
  • Instructional systems specialist/designers
  • Training specialist

Work Settings

  • Colleges and universities
  • Government agencies
  • Public administration
  • Education service or technology providers
  • Professional consulting services (i.e., KPMG, Deloitte, Guidehouse, and others)
  • Healthcare
  • Insurance
  • Information technology

*Positions may require additional experience, training, and other factors beyond completing this degree program. Many roles may also require state licensure, and it is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all licensure requirements are met.

SOURCE: Emsi Labor Analyst- Report. Emsi research company homepage at (Report viewed: 4/6/2022).

DISCLAIMER: The data provided is for informational purposes only. Emsi data and analysis utilizes government sources to provide insights on industries, demographics, employers, in-demand skills, and more to align academic programs with labor market opportunities. Cited projections may not reflect local or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth. Current and prospective students should use this data with other available economic data to inform their educational decisions.

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