Instructional Design and Technology, MA

  • Two students work together on an assignment in an Adult and Community Education classroom.

     The Master of Arts in Instructional Design and Technology is offered at our Indiana main campus, at IUP’s Pittsburgh East Campus, and online via distance education. The program can be completed either full- or part-time at all locations.

    Instructional Design and Technology program

    The IUP Master’s Degree in Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) is a new program built on over 40 years of experience in adult education and 20 years of experience in instructional design.  The IDT program employs a theory-to-practice approach that encourages students to relate course content to their careers and specific areas of interest. 

    Blended Format to Fit Your Busy Schedule

    Designed for the working professional, there are limited course meeting times. Most of the work can be completed online. Online work engages students not only with projects, but with other students and the instructors for a rich rewarding learning experience. The entire master’s program can be completed in two years attending part time.

    Online Option through Video Conferencing

    Thanks to our online option, students can participate in the program from any location, an excellent option for the working professional. Flexible completion options allow students to complete the program without having to travel to classes in Indiana or Pittsburgh. You can attend courses through our video conferencing technology, allowing you to participate in live classes from your home or office.

    Prepare to Enter a Growing Field

    A master’s degree in Instructional Design and Technology prepares you to enter what the US Bureau of Labor Statistics considers a field with a bright outlook. This designation means that the BLS considers it an emerging field with good current and future opportunities and openings for professionals.

    In 2016, the median wage was at $30.03 hourly, $62,460 annually, with most positions requiring a graduate degree or higher. Over the next ten years, the need for Instructional Designers and Technologists is expected to grow by 5-8 percent.*

    Gain the Knowledge and Credentials to Design and Teach Online

    With our many years of expertise teaching professionals in this field, we feel confident that no other program prepares you better to be an instructional designer, trainer, and educator in today’s technological world.

    Prepare for a career in instructional design, distance education, and the development of online courses for business and industry, higher education, health care, government, and many other professional settings.

    Choose whether you want to complete the thesis or non-thesis option. Acquire a balance of academic expertise and practical field experience. Develop knowledge and skills in a variety of topics, including:

    • Instructional design
    • Learning management systems
    • Distance education technology
    • Adult learning and development
    • Program planning
    • Leadership
    • Distance education pedagogy
    • Program evaluation
    • Website design 

    For More Information, Contact:

    Dr. Jacqueline McGinty
    Instructional Design and Technology Program Coordinator
    104 Davis Hall
    Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    Indiana, PA  15705

    * All data is according to a 2016 Summary Report on Instructional Designers and Technologists by O*NET (Occupational Information Network).