Master's Program

The MSIDT Program is designed to meet the needs of working professionals. Watch our video to find out more about the program and stellar graduates. Who attends our program? Professionals who are working in the field of technology in kindergarten through higher education, the military, and corporate settings. Many individuals who wish to change careers find the MSIDT degree beneficial to their current and future career prospects. The MSIDT Program is designed for individuals who wish to further their skills and knowledge in direct application of technology in teaching, training, education and curriculum development. The MSIDT degree is designed to meet the needs of:

  • Instructional technology trainers in business, education, industry, military, or corporations and universities;
  • Instructional designers;
  • Web developers;
  • Software consultants or designers; and
  • Anyone working with curriculum development and training in e-learning and multimedia environments for an educational (K-12, community college, higher education, or extended education), corporate, business or military settings.


PROGRAM information videos

Want to learn more about the program? Please view our information videos on YouTube to find out more.




The MSIDT Program integrates a cohort model. The program is part-time and consists of 10 courses over 5 semesters. Students enroll in 2 courses that link together each semester. Students are considered part-time graduate students. As a cohort program, students start the program together. Note that this program requires students to enroll in two courses during the summer semester to graduate in five semesters.  Students enroll in two courses each semester.  Detailed information about each course is available in the course catalog.



In addition to the courses, there are two required on-campus/video conference Saturday meetings with additional fees. The first required meeting is a one day  boot-up orientation   held prior to the start of the first semester. There is also a one day midpoint  research symposium scheduled at the end of 3 semesters.

The  boot-up orientation consists of a variety of workshops and experiences acclimating students to the overall program requirements, faculty and support staff, program technology requirements, library database resources,  course management system, final project and practicum expectations, textbook procedures, Titan Card, and software purchases.

At the  midpoint research symposium   students review progress to date related to professional goals and learning outcomes, confirm final project and practicum activities and work with a program advisor. Students also solidify their research questions, digital instructional project ideas and consult with faculty regarding next steps.

These required orientation and research meetings have been approved by the Chancellor with a specific Executive Order that includes current fees of $345 for the boot-up camp and $228 for the midpoint symposium.  Note that these fees are non-refundable, subject to change, and will be assessed durng the first semester courses  IDT 505 and IDT 510.



  • Assessment/Evaluation - Critically discriminate, compare, and select appropriate criteria, and effectively implement methodology for developing an effective instructional product.
  • Collaboration - Work productively in team, group or collaborative settings to achieve common goals or purposes.
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving - Critically analyze, evaluate and synthesize information as well as effectively generate, select, and apply appropriate solutions to solve problems in the development and implementation of the instructional product based on reasoned rationale.
  • Project Management - Plan, organize, and manage resources (including needs analyses, group dynamics and leadership) to methodically bring about completion of defined project goals and objectives.
  • Research - Conduct, evaluate, interpret, and synthesize research and apply theoretical ideas to the development and implementation of an instructional product in a practical setting.
  • Technology Enabled Media Literacy - Compare, discriminate, design, implement and assess various media and technology sources in the development and implementation of the instructional product.
  • Written Communication - Effectively and critically present ideas in a logical framework in a variety of written forms with proper language structure and mechanics.



The following represents a list of frequently asked questions and responses related to the MS Instructional Design and Technology Program.

What is the cost of the program?

You can check the campus website Student Financial Services:    (select Student Fees on the left hand tab)  for the fees for this academic year.  Students enrolled in the program are considered part time graduate students.

What are the requirements for international students?
Please visit the International Student website   Opens in new window to review the requirements for international students.


If I live outside of California, may I apply to an MS degree program?
The answer to this question depends on which state you reside in at the time you apply. Please review the list of approved states the list changes often.

 How do I participate in the courses? 
All courses are offered online through a learning management system.


What is the application process? 
The application process consists of two steps.


Complete a formal online application to the university by due date indicated on the CAL STATE APPLY site indicating your interest in the MSIDT Program at CSU Fullerton. You will then receive a username and ID from the University and can manage your own application process primarily the submission and evaluation of your official transcripts. As per the information you will receive through your CAL STATE APPLY site, you will send your transcripts directly to the CSUF Admissions Office (P.O. Box 6900, Fullerton, CA 92834-6900) or send the transcripts electronically. Note that it usually takes  3-4 months for your transcripts to be submitted and evaluated. In the meantime, you’ll need to continue on to STEP 2 in the MSIDT program application process.


Submit an essay and resume to the MSIDT Program and participate in a department phone interview. Please send your essay and resume as email attachments for MSIDT Program review. The essay guidelines are as follows:

Essay - Please submit a personal essay (500 word limit) indicating your reason for choosing the M.S. in Instructional Design & Technology program at CSU Fullerton, and your future academic and professional goals.

After your essay and resume have been received, a member of the department staff will contact you by e-mail to schedule an appointment for a telephone interview.  This interview is related to the information on both your essay and resume.


What is the GPA requirement for admission to the program?

Please note that there is a minimum GPA requirement for admission to the university of 2.50 cumulative undergraduate GPA resulting in a BA/BS degree from an accredited institution and a 3.0 GPA department requirement. (GPA within 2.5 and 3.0 could be conditionally accepted  based on review of resume, essay and interview). Remember, the GRE is not a requirement, and references are not required. You will be able to see what is required at the university level by Admissions and Records when you apply through the CAL STATE APPLY site for graduate admissions.

QUESTIONS: Please direct all program questions the program office at (657) 278-2842. All questions concerning the online application and transcripts to the CSUF Admissions Help Line at (657) 278-7601.

What is the structure of the program?

This is a cohort program consisting of 10 courses. The program duration is 5 semesters. You will be taking 2 courses each semester. The summer semester is a requirement for this program. As a cohort program, you will start the program with other students, and this means that you start at the beginning of the program and continue with the other students per the scheduled sequence. You cannot start at any point along the course sequence. If you do stop at some point for any reason and then want to continue your participation in the program, you will need to take the classes only when they are offered again.

What are the required meetings?

Required meetings:  There are 2 mandatory Saturday meetings with additional fees. The fees are non-refundable and paid during the first semester of the program. The meetings are offered face-to-face and by video conference. Attendance and participation in the meetings is a graduation requirement for this degree. The program fees are listed on the fee webpage.

What is the Boot Up Orientation?

The boot-up orientation is scheduled prior to the start of the first semester. The “boot-up” consists of a variety of workshops and experiences acclimating you to the overall program requirements, faculty and support staff, program technology requirements, library database resources, course management system, final research project and practicum expectations, Titan Card, and software purchases. During this orientation you will spend time meeting your classmates and getting to know one another. We begin to establish the online community of learners during the orientation.

What is the Midpoint Research Symposium?

During the fourth semester of the program, you will participate in a mandatory midpoint research symposium. At the midpoint symposium, you will review progress to date in relationship to your professional goals and learning outcomes, confirm your final research project and practicum activities and work intensively with a program advisor.

Mandatory orientation meetings have been approved by the Chancellor with a specific Executive Order that includes current fees of $345 for the boot-up camp and $228 for the midpoint symposium. Note that these fees are nonrefundable, subject to change, and will be assessed at the same time that you take the first semester courses of IDT 505 and IDT 510. These fees are listed on the following webpage.

What is the final project and culminating research?

As part of your Master's degree you will complete a research paper and a digital instructional product. This requirement is completed during the final semester of the program in IDT 550 and IDT 597. Since the culminating research project and practicum are essential program components it should reflect your overall professional goals and learning goals. You should have preliminary ideas about your research and digital instructional product, which you can discuss during your application interview. You should expect to continue to refine and expand these ideas during the Boot-up Orientation and throughout the program courses thus finalizing your focus at the Midpoint Research Symposium. One of the benefits of completing your degree at CSUF is that the program integrates components of the final research project in each graduate course. Each semester you will work on your research project, collect related literature for your literature review, and focus on your research ideas. This allows you time to consider your research and the focus of your digital instructional project ideas. Faculty guide you through your research agenda and you will find that you are prepared to complete your research and design your digital instructional project.

Are there any opportunities to present at research conference?

Recently, the MSIDT program has incorporated several research related opportunities for students. Students attend and present at the TCC Online Conference sponsored by the University of Hawaii. Graduate students present at the College of Education's Education Week featuring their research during the poster session. Additional research opportunities are added as they arise and connect with graduate level coursework.

Is there an Alumni Association and networking opportunities?

The MSIDT Program has an officially sanctioned and outstanding alumni chapter. Alumni members provide mentoring opportunities as individuals advance through the program, as well as, professional development, webinars and networking events. Please check the MSIDT Alumni Association information on Facebook.

Where do MSIDT Alumni work after they graduate?

We feature several alumni spotlight stories to share success stories with future graduates on LinkedIn. Please visit us at CSUF MSIDT on LinkedIn.

What are the online course fees?

You can check the campus website for information about fees for the current academic year. Fees for courses beginning fall semester are posted and  may be higher than current spring semester fees. This program is 6 units each semester (2 courses of 3 units each) and there are 5 semesters total. As of 2017, there is an additional $198/semester or $99/course for the Chancellor’s Office approved distance fee support for this program tuition.  All are subject to increase.

Please note that there are specific technology requirements in terms of hardware and software that are essential for your involvement in this program. These will be discussed during your phone interview and can also be found on the MSIDT Program website.

How can I find out more information about the Instructional Design Certificate?

Please visit the certificate page to find out more information about the ID Certificate Program.