Program at a Glance


List of careers and industries our graduates enter

The Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology degree is a 30 unit masters program. The program is part time and students enroll in 2 courses each semester for 5 semesters. While earning their M.S. degree, students also earn 2 Certificates in Instructional Design. The MSIDT program is designed as a cohort model and includes:

  •  5 semesters of part time (6-units per semester)
  • 10 graduate courses
  • 100% online
  • 2 Instructional Design Certificates

The MSIDT degree is designed to meet the needs of individuals seeking to advance their knowledge of instructional design research and improve their skill level.

The master's degree is designed to support those employed by businesses and corporations, the military, technology industries, instructional design companies, library science, professionals in administration who design onboarding, educators (K-12 and higher education) and those working with curriculum development, learning development, human resources and e-learning.

 Our program courses are sequential, and course content reinforces prior content knowledge taught in each course. Students learn to implement research theories into practical instructional design and development. See our Master's Program page for more information.


Graduate Course Requirements

  • IDT 505 | Foundations of Instructional Design and Digital Authoring Tools
  • IDT 510 | Research Practices in Instructional Design and Technology
  • IDT 520 | Issues in ELearning and the Design Process
  • IDT 525 | Learning Theories for Postsecondary and Adult Instructional Settings
  • IDT 530 | Advanced Issues in Implementation, Management, and Program Evaluation
  • IDT 535 | Instructional Strategies and Universal Design Issues in Learning Environments
  • IDT 540 | Systematic Approaches to Digital Design and Development
  • IDT 545 | Trends, Emerging Technologies, and Issues in Instructional Design
  • IDT 550 | Research Practicum
  • IDT 597 | Digital Instructional Product Design and Development

Descriptions of each course can be found in the MSIDT University Catalog PageOpens in new window .


Admissions Requirements

The MSIDT program requires:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited university
  • A minimum 2.5 GPA (This is a university requirement. If GPA is below a 2.5, then additional coursework needs to be completed to raise overall GPA.)
  • A submitted application through Cal State Apply
  • A resume and personal statement
  • Official transcripts from previously attended universities/community colleges

The program does not require the GRE/GMAT. We do not require Letters of Recommendation or references. Please visit our admissions page for more information. 


Instructional Design Certificates

We award 2 instructional design certificates to support the foundation of instructional design and technology. The courses are the same courses that are offered in the MSIDT degree program. There is no additional fees for the certificates. Many students begin their education by completing the certificate requirements, then transfer to the Master’s degree if admitted into the University. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required for MS admission.

 See our Certificate Program page for more information.

Accelerated Certificate 

Depending on enrollment we offer an   accelerated certificate level 1PDF File Opens in new window . You may elect to enroll in the accelerated program and complete the required 3 courses in one semester. Students will enroll in 9 units. The required courses are IDT 505 (16 weeks), IDT 520 (8 weeks), and IDT 530 (8 weeks).  If you have questions about the certificate coursework, please email   Dr. Gautreau.

Additional information about the Accelerated Certificate is available on   YouTube.Opens in new window

Admission is limited to 25 students.


Academic Programs

We offer three fully online programs: a Master of Science and Certificate Level 1 and Certificate Level 2.


Master of Science

The Master of Science (M.S.) is a two-year program that combines theory and research with hands-on design and development using educational technology. The M.S. program culminates in a master’s project, where students research, design, develop, and test an interactive digital instructional product. 

In conjunction with earning their master's degree, our students also earn two instructional design certificates. The skills learned in both our programs prepares graduates for entry into the instructional design career as well as makes them marketable to companies. Earning your certificates requires no extra work or fees!

Learn About the Master of Science



The ID Certificate program offers a Level I (three courses) and a Level II ID Certificate (Level I certificate + two courses). Both certificate levels focus on design and development of online learning experiences.  

Learn About the Certificate



Take a look at the informational videos created by our faculty that go over the MSIDT program. Or sneak a peek at our alumni testimonials where they share their experiences in the program! We also have free, recorded webinars for you to peruse at your own time.
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