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Master of Science in

Instructional Design and Technology

Part-time, fully online. Your master's degree is within reach.

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Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology

Innovate digital learning with the latest instructional design practices and technologies

Digital learning now spans a multitude of industries. As K-12 and higher ed classrooms continue to explore groundbreaking e-learning technologies and techniques, today’s corporate, nonprofit, and governmental workplaces also have unprecedented opportunities to harness online instructional design to influence learning and development strategies.

As a student in the part-time, online MS in Instructional Design and Technology, you’ll learn to adapt instructional content to dynamic online and mobile platforms. Upon degree completion, you’ll be equipped to:

  • Develop adaptive, accessible digital learning experiences using design thinking, evidence-based science and pedagogical principles. 
  • Lead digital learning teams and projects to design and evaluate instructional content.
  • Use outcomes and competency-based strategies to solve instructional challenges.

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Scholarships are available for the 30-credit Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology. The part-time, online program has seven required courses and three electives.


Part-time, fully online, financially accessible

The 30-credit Instructional Design and Technology program has seven required courses and three electives. Required courses provide students with a focused education surrounding fundamental topics in the field, while electives build upon specific professional skillsets and allow students to enrich and round out their studies.

Sample Spring 2019 curriculum 

Please note that available courses are subject to change.

Required courses

  • Principles of Learning Experience Design
  • Foundations of Instructional Technology for E-Learning
  • Advanced Learning Experience Design and Assessment Strategies
  • Learning Analytics
  • User Experience Design
  • Cognitive and Social Psychology of User-Centered Design
  • Learning Experience Design Practicum

Sample electives

  • Managing Learning Experience Design Projects
  • Interactive Multimedia Courseware Design
  • Adaptive and Game-Based E-Learning Design
  • Learning Management Systems for Course Development
  • Business Requirements Analysis

View a complete list of program requirements.

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The instructional design industry

Gain insights into the field

Instructional designers partner with industry professionals, academic faculty or other subject matter experts to leverage a variety of instructional technologies and content authoring tools to support the creation of high-quality learning environments and experiences.

Our students work or have worked at prestigious organizations such as:

  • Brandeis University
  • Saint Louis University
  • Vernon Township School District
  • Pearson Education
  • Global Experience Specialists, Inc.

Instructional Design and Technology students often hold job titles such as:

  • Instructional Designer
  • Sr. Instructional Designer
  • Instructional Technologist
  • Instructional Developer
  • Educational Technologist
  • Learning Designer
  • Director of Instructional Design
  • Manager of Instructional Design
  • Director of eLearning
  • Online Course Designer
  • Online Course Developer
  • eLearning Designer/Developer
  • Learning Architect
  • Instructional Design Coordinator
  • Training and Development Specialist
  • Corporate Training Specialist
  • Distance Education Administrator
  • Instructional Technology Specialist
  • Academic Technologist

Our students

By the numbers

The program is 40% male and 60% female.

11 students have graduated from this program since it launched in 2014.

9 students are currently working toward their Instructional Design and Technology degree.

Instructional Design and Technology

Meet our featured faculty

Our Instructional Design and Technology faculty understand the challenges of modern industry. Whether they’re creating cutting-edge online curricula or building new instructional technologies, they structure their GPS curriculum to draw on real-world expertise and connections that ultimately help our students advance their career goals. Here is a sampling of Instructional Design and Technology faculty:

Dr. Kim Round currently serves as Director of Instructional Technology at Saint Anselm College. Previously, she has held technology leadership roles at Kaplan Higher Education, Merrimack College and Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering. She was selected for the prestigious 2014 Breakthrough Models Academy, sponsored by Educause and Next Generation Learning Challenges. Kim’s research interests include cloud computing’s impact on organizational leadership, as well as next generation learning management systems. Dr. Round earned her Ph.D in Computing Technology in Education from Nova Southeastern University, and her M.A. in Educational Technology Leadership from The George Washington University. 

Elisabeth Stucklen, MS, is a senior instructional designer with more than ten years of experience working in online higher education and faculty development. She has extensive experience in the fields of online course design, content development, online instruction, and project management. Elisabeth earned her Master's degree in Instructional Design and Technology from Emporia State University, where she has also facilitated graduate-level courses in Moodle. Elisabeth also holds a Moodle Course Creator Certification.

Carol Damm, MEd, is Director of Programs and Assessments for Graduate Professional Studies (GPS) at Brandeis University where she oversees the review and assessment of 12 programs offered by GPS as well as product development with a focus on innovating to meet the needs of industry partners. Carol has 12 years experience in the fields of instructional design and communications in both for-profit, K-12, and Higher Education. She consults and presents on Learning Experience Design informed by her experience in website management, strategic planning, and instructional design expertise. Carol's research interests focus on adult learners' motivation and drive in order to effectively develop courses and programs that will contribute to their success in professional and personal advancement. 

Visit the Rabb School faculty directory for a full list of Brandeis GPS faculty.

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