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MS in Instructional Design and Technology - Adult Learning and Higher Education

Purdue University Global's Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology for adult learning and higher education prepares graduates for a wide range of instructional and education-related private-sector and public-sector roles.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology

School Offering Program:

Purdue University Global

Degree Level:

Master's Degree

Program Prerequisites:

Students seeking to enter this program should have a strong undergraduate and/or professional background in business and skills related to the field of education. Applicants to Purdue University Global's MS in Instructional Design and Technology program must have earned a bachelor's degree.

Program Description:

The MS in Instructional Design and Technology program prepares students to create, implement, evaluate, and improve upon education and training curriculum and materials. The program incorporates active learning principles and relevant experiences in order to equip students with the skills they need to design and implement effective curriculum. Graduates in the Adult Learning and Higher Education track will be prepared for adult environments, and can pursue work in educational institutions, or private sector, non-profit, government, or military organizations.

Learning Format:


Program Length

50 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Purdue University Global financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology:

Major Requirements

  • HE521: Teaching Adult Learners (5 credits)
  • IX535: Developing Instructional Materials (5 credits)
  • IX536: Design and Development Tools (5 credits)
  • IX542: Multimedia Development and Implementation (5 credits)
  • IX565: Design of Learning Environments (5 credits)

Core Requirements and Electives

  • IX500: Foundations of Instructional Technology (5 credits)
  • IX510: Instructional Design (5 credits)
  • IX520: Needs Assessment and Evaluation in Education and Training (5 credits)
  • IX540: Research Methods for Education and Instructional Technology (5 credits)
  • IX550: Project Management and Implementation in Education and Training (5 credits)

Post-Graduatoin Opportunities

Career Paths:

Graduates of the MS in Instructional Design and Technology program are qualified to pursue a wide variety of roles, including:

  • instructional designer
  • curriculum developer or coordinator
  • trainer
  • project manager
  • instructional technology specialist

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