Online Master of Science Degree in Instructional Design and Technology

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Program at a Glance

  • Focus on the design, development, and evaluation of instructional materials and programs, and the use of technology in the delivery of educational services.
  • Customize your MS in instructional design degree with the adults concentration—ideal for careers in corporate, military, or nonprofit training environments.
  • Learn from faculty who are experienced instructional designers and instructional technologists.
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We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

Course Effort
20 Hours per Week
Course Length
6-Week Sessions
Average Completion
1.5 years
Of Full-Time Study
Credits Required
50
(33 Semester Credits)
Cost per Credit
$420
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Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology Overview

Purdue Global’s online degree in instructional design and technology helps you develop skills you can use to create new curricula to meet the demands of a changing society and the needs of new generations of students. Whether you are interested in pursuing a new career in instructional design or technology or a higher-level position, a master’s degree from Purdue Global could help you keep up with the advancing instructional technology field.

Courses in the online instructional design degree:

  • Focus on the design, development, and evaluation of educational and informational programs, materials, and media in higher education, corporate, military, government, and nonprofit environments.
  • Incorporate active, applied learning experiences that help you master technical, pedagogical, and project and program management skills.

If you currently work in the field of instructional design, you will be able to apply many of the principles and skills you learn immediately in your daily work.


See the University Catalog for policy and degree plan information specific to this program.

Note: At this time, residents of Kentucky may not enroll in this program.

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Admissions Requirements

A bachelor’s degree is required to enroll in a master’s degree program. You will need to provide an official transcript that shows completion of your bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, though an unofficial copy may be provided during the application process. Refer to the University Catalog or speak to an Advisor to learn more.

Ways to Save

  • Transfer Credits

    Earn credit for prior coursework completed at eligible institutions, including community colleges.

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  • Financial Aid

    Title IV federal financial aid is available for many of our degree programs.

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  • Corporate Partner Benefits

    Employees of Purdue Global partner organizations may be eligible for special tuition reductions.

    Employee Savings and Benefits

  • Military Tuition Reduction

    55% reduction per credit for current servicemembers, 38% per credit for veterans for undergraduate programs.

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  • International Tuition Reduction

    International students living outside of the United States are eligible for a 25% tuition reduction.

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What Courses Will I Take?

Core courses in the master’s in instructional design and technology teach development skills in the areas of technology, pedagogy, and management principles and practices.

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Sample Courses
  • Foundations of Instructional Technology
  • Instructional Design
  • Assessment and Evaluation in Education and Training
  • Research Methods for Education and Instructional Technology

Concentrations

In addition to the core courses, you will focus your instructional design and technology courses on working with adults. You'll have the opportunity to review design and development models, technology, pedagogy, and management principles and practices used in instructional design in corporations, the military, and nonprofit training environments.

Program Requirements

  • Core Credits
    25
  • Elective Credits
    25
  • Total Credits
    50

Career Opportunities

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, national long-term job growth for training and development managers is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations between 2020 and 2030. Job growth for instructional coordinators is also expected to increase in the same period.* 

The Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology can prepare you to pursue professions focused on design, development, and evaluation of educational and informational programs and instructional materials.

Top 5 Skills Employers Are Looking for:

  1. Instructing
  2. Learning Strategies
  3. Reading Comprehension
  4. Active Listening
  5. Writing

Top Jobs With This Degree

Labor market, salary, and projected growth information are supplied by Emsi. Average salary range is based on national data. Projected growth represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2018–2030) at the state level and is based on your geographic location. Actual outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, and opportunities for employment. Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment placement, salary level, or career advancement.

Get to Know Our Faculty

Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.

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grad hat icon 98% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
diploma icon 50% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
tablet icon 237 Faculty publications in 2020–2021
student at desk icon More Than 36,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2020–2021

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, September 2021. 2020–2021 academic year.

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NOTES AND CONDITIONS

*Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Instructional Coordinators, www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/instructional-coordinators.htm, and Training and Development Managers, www.bls.gov/ooh/management/training-and-development-managers.htm. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.