May 19, 2024  
National University Vol 2 Addendum D (formerly NCU) 
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Instructional Design, MS

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Master of Science in Instructional Design

Description of Program

Instructional design (ID) is a craft – a blend of science and art. Students who complete the Master of Science in Instructional Design (MSID) program will be able to apply intermediate design skills within work settings that span all industry sectors. The MSID program outcomes are aligned to the ID competencies established by the International Board of Standards for Training, Performance, and Instruction (IBSTPI), the Association for Talent Development (ATD), and the standards of the Association for Educational Communication and Technology (AECT). These competencies and standards include planning, analyses, universal design, development, rapid prototyping, implementation, evaluation, and project management of instructional and training interventions.

Please be advised that this program is NOT accredited in Kentucky by the Education Professional Standards Board and is NOT recognized for initial, additional, or renewal of certification or salary enhancement (rank change) for P-12 educators in Kentucky. For more information, please visit the Education Professional Standards Board’s website at

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**Note: Program availability may vary by state - please contact the Enrollment Office for more information**

Learning Outcomes

  • Employ communication strategies in instructional design
  • Investigate ethical, legal, and political factors influencing instructional and training interventions
  • Analyze relevant principles and theories in the context of instructional design
  • Conduct necessary analyses to inform the design of instructional and training solutions
  • Design research-based instructional and training solutions using multiple delivery systems

Basis for Admissions

A conferred Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited academic institution or an international institution determined to be equivalent through an approved evaluation service.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Instructional Design (MSID) requires 36 credit hours for degree completion. Students who are considering any degree program are strongly encouraged to check specific state requirements carefully to be sure any degree program they consider will be accepted for purposes of certification or recertification, promotion, or advancement on school district salary schedules.

The MSID degree program has the following graduation requirements:

  • A minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate instruction must be completed through the University
  • Official transcripts on file for all transfer credits accepted by the University

The University may accept a maximum of 12 semester credits in transfer toward the Master of Science in Instructional Design for graduate course work completed at an accredited college or university with a grade average of “B” or better. See the Transfer Credit Policy for additional information.

Time to Completion

The University allows 5 years to complete all Master’s programs of 36 credits or less.

The median time to completion for this program is 25 months.

Time to completion varies depending upon the pace in which a student completes courses and the number of transfer credits accepted. As most students are working adults, balancing educational, professional, and personal commitments, our academic and finance advisors will work with you to develop a program schedule that works best for your needs.

Students following the preferred schedule designed by the Dean for this program, and applying no transfer credits, can expect to finish in as little as 19 months.

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