Instructional Design and Development (MS)

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science degree program in Instructional Design and Development provides students with the information and skill training to analyze instructional tasks, to design and deliver instructional programs, and to perform evaluative procedures on instructional products and services. The job market potential for graduates of the program includes the management of in-service education in business and industry, health-related institutions and agencies, military agencies, institutions of higher education, K-12 education, and related self-employed activities.

  1. Each student will be assigned a major professor and will complete a course-of-study form by the end of the first semester of study.
  2. A program committee will be appointed to work with the student.
  3. A Master's Comprehensive Examination will be completed by each student during the student's last semester.

The Master's program in Instructional Design and Development (IDD) has both on-campus and on-line courses. Although not all courses are taught in both formats, students are able to complete the Master's program in one format or the other, or a combination of on-campus and on-line courses. Using the Internet and other distance learning technologies, the IDD on-line program provides an educational opportunity for those who choose to use similar technology that they might employ for delivering educational and training courses after graduation.

Flexibility is the key to the program, and students can complete courses via the Internet following their individual learning schedules during the semester. Students are able to interact directly with their instructor and classmates to obtain subject information, to work on course and team assignments, and to complete assessments via the Internet. In addition, students have direct access to the University Library and advising services.

For more detailed information, please visit the ID&D website at or contact: Telephone (251) 380-2861

Admission Requirements

Applications for the Instructional Design and Development program are reviewed throughout the year.

Requirements for admission are found on the Program webpage at

To apply - click here to get to the graduate admissions page.

Final admission decision involves evaluation of the following: grade-point average, scores on the GRE, letters of reference, applicant's statement of career goal(s) and purpose(s), professional experience, and program enrollment and availability.


Many Instructional Design and Development students complete an internship of a minimum of 240 contact hours. Students must complete all foundational core courses prior to enrolling for the internship. The internship component is designed to give students practical experience in design, implementation, and/or evaluation of instructional systems and must have prior approval of the internship coordinator and the student's advisor.

Requirements for Degree

To qualify for the Master's Degree in Instructional Design and Development, candidates must satisfactorily complete the following program, maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 on all program of study courses and all work attempted. A maximum of two Cs can be counted. No grades of D or F may be counted. If a third C or any grade below is earned, the student will be dismissed from the program. Students must complete a written course of study by the end of their first semester in the program.

Students must successfully complete a 1-hour oral comprehensive exam. The exam may be taken only two times.

Requirements for the M.S. Degree in Instructional Design and Development Program

(33 minimum credit hours)

Foundational Core Courses
ISD 610Trends and Issues in IDD3
ISD 613Instructional Strategies3
ISD 621Instructional Design3
ISD 641Performance Systems Tech3
EPY 502Psy Prin Learning3
IDE 510Educ Research and Evaluation3
IDE 660Program Research and Eval3
Additional Requirements
ISD 581Digital Media Tools3
ISD 611Macro Lvl Trning & Perform Sys3
ISD 653Developing Online Instruction3
Field Courses
Select a minimum of three hours from the following:3
Internship - Masters
Research and Dev Project
Total Hours33