Instructional Design and Development M.S. (Online)

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Course of Study

The University of South Alabama offers a Master of Science in Instructional Design and Development that provides graduates with the information and skills training to analyze instructional tasks, design and deliver instructional programs, and perform evaluative procedures on instructional products and services. The master’s program is delivered to students completely online.

In addition to learning how to provide instructional or training solutions to organizational problems, students learn about a relevant field in instructional design and development called human performance improvement (HPI), HPI is used in organizations when non-training solutions are called for, such as job redesign, conflict management and leadership training.

Careers in Instructional Design and Development

Instructional designers are in high demand in all sectors of the economy - business, industry, K-12 schools, higher education, and local, state and federal government. A master’s degree in instructional design and development from South is a tremendous value compared to other universities. Using the Internet, networked information resources, and diverse sets of educational and information technologies, this program will provide a unique educational opportunity for those who may choose to use similar resources and technologies in their delivery of instruction and/or instructional content after graduation.

▼   Program Structure

The IDD M.S. program includes

  • 21 hours of core courses
  • 9 hours of supporting courses
  • a minimum of 3-hour field course. Students may choose one of the following as their field course: internship, thesis, or research and development project.

Check the IDD M.S. program of study for a list of courses.
Given sufficient demand, the IDD MS program also offers a specialty track focusing on competencies related to education and training of healthcare professionals. See the details of the Education in the Health Professions Track (EHP).

▼   Admission Requirements
  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education.

    *USA students applying to a USA graduate program in the College of Education and Professional Studies should complete a transcript request form (PDF) found on the University Registrar's Office website.

    In the Name/Organization field for the transcript recipient write, "USA Graduate School". There is no charge associated with this request. This option applies only to USA transcripts for students applying to USA graduate programs.

  2. GPA Requirement: A minimum overall grade-point-average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale based on the GPA used as the basis for granting the degree and posted on the official transcript from a regionally accredited institution at the time the degree was earned OR a 2.5 GPA on the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate course work posted on the official transcript from a regionally accredited institution at the time the degree was earned. GRE or MAT scores are not required for admission unless a student doesn't meet the minimum GPA requirements (see below).

    GPA Exception: Individuals who have earned a bachelor 's degree from a regionally accredited institution at the time the degree was earned and who do not have a qualifying GPA for admission may seek admission based on a qualifying score of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). For the GRE, this standard is defined as having a score at the 50th percentile on all of the following subtests: Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. For the Miller Analogies Test, students must have a score at or above the 50th percentile based on the total group percentile rank score. For Alternative Class A programs, applicants must submit a qualifying alternate score on the Alabama-prescribed Praxis subject-area test.

  3. A typed double-spaced statement of 2-4 pages in length regarding career goal(s) and purpose(s) for pursuing a graduate degree in Instructional Design and Development (submitted through the WebAdmit online portal).

  4. Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant’s academic and/or professional abilities.

  5. A professional curriculum vitae or resume (submitted through the WebAdmit online portal)
▼   Assistantships
Click here to use the graduate assistant application form to apply for a graduate assistantship position. Please contact the program coordinator for information on available positions.
▼   Program Coordinator

James Van Haneghan, Ph.D.
(251) 380-2760