Master the art of how people and organizations learn
The field of instructional design teaches us to use what we know about how people learn to guide the systematic development and implementation of educational materials in every field.
The MS in Instructional Design at Quinnipiac University provides you with hands-on expertise in the design, development and distribution of interactive educational materials. The focus in this program is on the development of digital learning environments, including websites, apps, online courses, videos and simulations.
Instructional designers work in diverse settings, including schools and universities, corporations and nonprofit organizations where they address a wide range of challenges through education and training. The online MS in Instructional Design offers three distinct specialization tracks to choose from based on your interests and career goals:
- Design and Development of Online Learning
- Technology for the K-12 Classroom
- Instructional Design for Corporate or Nonprofit Environments
In their Words
“Being in this program has opened up new possibilities for work. This field requires a master’s degree and having one from Quinnipiac will be a real upgrade for my resume.”Matthew P., MS '16MS in Instructional Design
“Now I understand some of the why of what I am being asked to do. I just completed writing a new webinar that has just been piloted and is being very well received thus far.”Amy K., MS '16MS in Instructional Design
About Online Learning
Flexible scheduling meets world-class education
Online learning with Quinnipiac University delivers the guided educational experience of a traditional, instructor-led environment coupled with the schedule flexibility needed for adult learners to succeed. Innovative teaching methods and asynchronous classes enable students to work at their own pace, while also enjoying peer interaction and a collaborative learning experience to maximize their learning outcomes.
Curriculum and Requirements
MS in Instructional Design Curriculum
To earn the master's degree, students must complete 30 credits of coursework, with a minimum GPA of 3.0. The sequence of courses is composed of required foundational courses, electives and the Capstone Experience.
15 credits (five courses), required for all candidates, focus on theoretical foundations of education and fundamentals of design. These courses include extensive exposure to research literature investigating the efficacy of media for educational applications, since it is the ability to understand and apply research that allows instructional designers to bridge the gap between theory and practice.
Individuals select an additional 12 credits (four courses), according to their own areas of interest. Topics include in-depth theoretical and practical aspects of producing educational resources (e.g., web design; design of online courses; video production; interactive digital media) with hands-on use of specific software applications. Other elective options explore the process of selecting, implementing and evaluating digital resources for instruction in a range of environments (K–12; higher education; industry and nonprofit organizations; informal learning, and creating accessible materials for individuals with diverse learning needs).
The required 3-credit (one course) capstone experience includes:
Career Exploration, including preparation of the resume and portfolio. Throughout their coursework, students select their best work to post on an electronic portfolio for critique; in the Capstone, they further refine the portfolio. Consistent with program objectives, this allows the student to demonstrate competence with a range of software applications and serves to present student work to prospective employers.
Introduction to Project Management. To develop effective instructional design projects, students need to understand the basics of project management. In some cases, instructional designers may even be asked to serve as project managers. This component of the Capstone explores the basics of project management and the terminology used in this field.
The Thesis Project. Each student chooses a topic of personal and/or professional interest, researches existing approaches to and resources for instruction on this topic, and prepares a proposal for the design of a learning resource. The proposal includes a needs analysis, design details and evaluation plan. The final step is the creation and presentation of a working prototype of the proposed resource. This project serves to demonstrate the candidate’s fluency with elements of an instructional design analysis as well as with the use of theory to inform design.
|Required Foundation Courses|
|Theoretical Foundations of Education:|
|IDN 525||Instructional Design for Digital Environments||3|
|IDN 526||Cognitive Science and Educational Design||3|
|IDN 527||Society, Culture and Learning||3|
|IDN 528||Collaborative Design of Digital Environments||3|
|IDN 529||Educational Media Design Lab||3|
|Production, Implementation & Evaluation:|
|Select 12 credits of the following:||12|
|Web Design for Instruction (3 credits)|
|Design of Interactive Educational Environments (3 credits)|
|Design and Development of Online Learning (3 credits)|
|Producing Educational Video and Digital Training (3 credits)|
|Implementing Digital Media for Learning (3 credits)|
|New Directions in Digital Environments for Learning (3 credits)|
|Independent Study (3 credits)|
|Designing and Utilizing Assistive Learning Technologies|
|IDN 550||Capstone Experience||3|
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To qualify for admission, candidates must have earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning.
A complete application consists of the following:
- Completed application form
- $45 application fee
- Updated resume
- Letter of intent
- Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work completed
- Two letters of recommendation (professional and/or academic)
Candidates will also be interviewed either in person or online as appropriate.