Master of Science (MS)

Instructional Design and Technology

Online 30 credit hours * 2 years

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*if using financial aid

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Program Highlights & Benefits

Classes meet in an online format

2 year completion time, including holiday breaks

One course completed every 8 weeks

Transfer credits considered


The Master of Science degree in Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) is designed to meet the needs of instructional designers, e-learning developers, and trainers in corporate, higher education, non-profit, and government organizations. Through applied research and hands-on design, the IDT program contributes to the improvement of instructional methodologies and the design and implementation of learning innovations and environments.

The Master of Science (MS) in Instructional Design and Technology is for individuals seeking:

  • To design instruction and instructional technologies in real world contexts
  • To enable and support learning through creativity and innovation by designing learning environments and technologies

What You Learn

The field of instructional design and technology seeks to understand how people learn and how to best design, integrate and evaluate instructional systems and materials to facilitate that learning. Through applied research, students can create and enhance learning experiences and systems for academic, corporate, non-profit, or government settings.

This Master of Science program is for people who want to change the world through research, creativity, and innovation. From enhancing medical training technologies to designing educational apps, instructional designers are essential for organizations that wish to leverage technology for learning in a dynamic world.

How You Learn

This program is offered in a flexible online format. Online programs at Concordia University use Blackboard as a system for online coursework. There is a traditional syllabus that includes course expectations, objectives, assignment descriptions, and grading policies.

While Blackboard is the main platform in the online course, instructors may call, virtually meet, or occasionally, meet in person with local students to further discuss the course objectives, assignments and expectations. There are also occasions for students to participate in group projects with other students. They collaborate using Google docs, Skype, and phone calls.

Career Outcomes

The field of instructional design and technology has changed dramatically over the last several years and will continue to grow and change with the rapid introduction and adoption of emerging technologies and new approaches to teaching and learning. Technology through social, distance and mobile learning media continues to change the landscape of traditional education and training.

For the professional instructional designer—especially for those with a master’s degree—career options exist in academic, government and profit and non-profit sectors and include positions such as:

  • Instructional Designer
  • Learning System Designer/Developer
  • Corporate Trainer
  • Performance Improvement Coordinator
  • Learning and Development Director
  • Director of Instructional Design Technologies
  • Curriculum Designer

Degree Requirements

Course NumberTitleHours
IDT 6100Foundations of Instructional Design and Technology3
IDT 6300Instructional Strategies for Learning Technologies3
IDT 6500Project Management for Instructional Design3
IDT 6200Social Computing3
IDT 6400Needs Assessment and Task Analysis3
IDT 6600Systemic and Technological Innovation3
IDT 6700Human-Computer Interaction and Multimedia Design3
IDT 6800Learning Analytics and Data-Driven Decision Making3
IDT 6250Evaluation Methodology Applications in Instructional Design3
IDT 6990Capstone in Instructional Design and Technology3
 Total Credit Hours:30
Please Note:

Interested in instructional design for the K-12 classroom?
Concordia-Chicago’s Instructional Design and Technology program focuses on the design of learning experiences for adults. Individuals seeking to enroll in a graduate-level program that emphasizes the design of learning experiences for children in grades K-12 may explore our MA, Educational Technology: Leadership or our MA, Educational Technology: Curriculum & Instruction.

Program and course requirements are subject to change to comply with university policy.