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.

Career Potential

  • Instructional Coordinator
  • Instructional Designer
  • Instructional Technologist
  • Training and Development Manager
  • Education Administrator
  • Distance Learning Coordinator
  • Training and Development Specialist
Positions may require additional experience, training and other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

Master of Science in Instructional Design Program at a Glance

Total Credit Hours: 36 Credit Hours
Courses: 12 Courses
Recommended Completion Time: 38 Months
Next Start Date: Every Monday
Classroom Size: One

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