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Master's Degree in Instructional Design

Why Earn Your Instructional Design Degree at Saint Leo University?

At Saint Leo, we prepare you to become an instructional designer. Beginning with your first class, we help you to learn about best practices and apply those practices through projects and fieldwork opportunities in a student-centered environment. This program is designed by practitioners and is very affordable. Your instructors have experience as designers, and our former students have come from a wide range of industries: insurance, military, K-12 and higher education, government, non-profits, and corporate. In this 10 course program, you take one course every 8 weeks so that you can finish in 18 months. This is designed for working professionals! Ready for a cutting-edge degree that opens up a new career? The MSID program is for you!

The Master of Science in Instructional Design is a dynamic online program of study that prepares students for career opportunities in this field to design, develop, implement, and evaluate efficient and effective instructional experiences for a variety of settings, including corporate training, military, adult learning, and higher education.

Learning Experience:
Est. Time to Complete:
2 years
Credit Hours:
30 hours
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Master's in Instructional Design Program Details

The MS instructional design program courses are guided by professional standards in the field and focus on the development of skills and specialized experiences in the areas of instructional design, learning theory, and relevant technology in order to be able to develop curricula for the twenty-first-century learner.

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  • What are the on-campus facilities like?

    Students who pursue their degrees at Saint Leo’s main campus near sunny Tampa Bay, Florida, join a community of enthusiastic learners just like them. 

    Instructional design students enjoy plenty of engaging learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom, as well as exciting departmental events.

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  • What are the benefits of earning your instructional design degree online?

    Saint Leo University’s online learning experience provides a well-rounded education with the flexibility to tailor your course of study to meet your individual needs. We know our students have lives outside school, and we seek to meet them where they are. Online students can count on receiving excellent academics as well as opportunities for hands-on learning.

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  • Taking online classes has afforded me the opportunity to learn while maintaining a job. They give me some flexibility to study at times that work more cohesively with my schedule and allow me to utilize resources such as the library 24 hours a day.

    Bentley Streat | Hayes, VA

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Are education centers near you offering instructional design degree programs?

You may also choose to pursue your degree through one of our education centers, which merge a traditional in-person education with the flexibility to match your lifestyle. Education centers offer eight-week academic terms as well as evening and weekend classes.

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Career Outlook

No matter which learning experience you choose, you will receive plenty of professional development opportunities, industry knowledge from expert professors, and support from the Saint Leo community. All this together means that you will be ready for a successful career or continued studies upon graduation.

What skills you will learn?

  • Use foundational knowledge and conceptual framework in order to design instruction;
  • Apply adult learning theory to course development for teaching/learning;
  • Use effective models from communication theory to enhance the ID process;
  • Use research-based practices to inform instructional strategy;
  • Design, develop, implement, and evaluate instruction for a variety of settings;
  • Develop a variety of instructional strategies and skills to be used in the design process;
  • Effectively use instructional technology and media for teaching and learning;
  • Evaluate training and instruction to ensure efficient and effective instruction and course improvement; and
  • Apply the ID process to solve real-world situations.
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  • What can you do with a Master's in Instructional Design?

    Instructional design is used to create education and training programs for schools, private companies, government and military agencies. If you're interested in developing materials to help others learn, and you have an aptitude for technology, you may find new career opportunities in the following areas:

    • Instructional designer and developer
    • Curriculum specialist or coordinator
    • Instructional specialist or coordinator
    • Corporate trainer
    • Learning strategies director
    • Project manager
    • Educational consultant

What are the top instructional design degree jobs?

Career Growth Salary
Instructional coordinator 10% (As fast as average) $66,970 per year
Training & development specialist 11% (Faster than average) $62,700 per year
Training & development manager 11% (Faster than average) $115,640 per year

From the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020.

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