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MS in Instructional Design

Designed to prepare graduates for careers in a broad range of industries, the Master of Science in Instructional Design program at Northcentral University offers hands-on learning opportunities to students in the area of designing and creating training materials. Read more about the details of this Master of Science in Instructional Design program.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Instructional Design

School Offering Program:

Northcentral University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

In order to be accepted into the Master of Science in Instructional Design program at Northcentral University, applicants should have an aptitude for both design and science. All master's level programs at Northcentral University require a bachelor's degree; some programs may have additional admissions requirements.

Program Description:

The field of instructional design combines art and science in order to better understand the learning process and create effective training resources. The Master of Science in Instructional Design program at Northcentral University is structured to give students hands-on training that can help prepare them for a career in the sector of their choice. The program is designed to align with best practices in the field and includes courses that cover the fundamentals of instructional design, project management, analyzing the needs of learners, and developing effective learning materials. Students of the program are required to complete a digital portfolio.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

36 credits.

Financial Aid:

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

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Required Courses for the Master of Science in Instructional Design:

There are 12 courses required for a Master of Science in Instructional Design at Northcentral University , which cover the foundations of instructional design and the hands-on application of those principles. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Northcentral University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Course Requirements (36 credits)

  • Foundations for Graduate Study in Education
  • Fundamentals of Instructional Design
  • Applying Theory to Instructional Design
  • Analyzing Needs, Contexts, and Learners
  • Assessment of Learning
  • Design Principles for Multimedia Learning
  • Development of Learning Materials
  • Authoring Tools for Design and Development
  • Development Models and Evaluation of Design
  • Special Considerations in Design Practice
  • Project Management for Instructional Design
  • Instructional Design Capstone Project

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Students wishing to further their education after graduating from this Master of Science in Instructional Design program may want to pursue a doctoral degree. Graduates who choose to further their education may have opportunities for increased leadership and responsibility in their careers. Some possible degree options include:

  • Education Specialist in Instructional Design
  • Education Specialist in Education Administration
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Instructional Design
  • Doctor of Education in Instructional Design
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Education Administration

Career Paths:

NCU's Master of Science in Instructional Design may prepare graduates to succeed in a variety of fields, including education, business, and manufacturing. Students in this program at Northcentral University have the opportunity to learn skills that are cross-cutting, applicable to every industry.

Possible careers include:

  • Instructional coordinator
  • Instructional designer
  • Training and development manager
  • Distance learning coordinator
  • Education administrator

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