Fully Online Program

The M.S. in Instructional Design and Development program prepares students to effectively design, develop, and evaluate learning in a variety of environments such as healthcare, business, government, and higher education. You'll learn about systematic instructional design, theories of learning and cognition, multimedia design and development, and have an opportunity to apply this while working with a client in our practicum.

The UAB Master of Science in Instructional Design and Development program is not designed as a teacher certification pathway. The program focuses on corporate and higher education learning and development positions.

This fully online 30-hour program follows the International Board of Standards for Training, Performance and Instruction (IBSTPI) competencies and performance standards for instructional designers and is designed to meet the needs of working adults. All core courses (except for the practicum) run on a 7-week schedule, allowing students to register for 2 classes (6 credit hours) per semester.

What are the benefits of UAB’s program?

  • Part-time, cohort-based program
  • No tuition difference for in-state and out-of-state students
  • Rigorous coursework
  • Practicum experience working with a client
  • Portfolio development
  • Town Hall events with practitioners from the field
  • Faculty with 20+ years of practitioner expertise in the ID field who has published and presented internationally

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What are our graduates doing now?

  • Instructional Designers
  • Instructional Technologists
  • Instructional Design Managers
  • Learning and Development Leads

What courses are offered?

  • Trends and Issues in Instructional Design and Technology
  • Instructional Design
  • Universal Differential Instructional Design and Development
  • Performance Systems Technology
  • Learning, Cognition, and Instructional Design and Development
  • Alternative Instructional Design and Development Models
  • Assessment and Evaluation in Instructional Design and Development
  • Multimedia Design and Development for Instruction/Training
  • Elective in Project Management
  • Practicum

What are the admissions requirements?

  • No GRE test score required
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution (No specific undergraduate degree is required. A diverse array of fields and undergraduate degrees will be accepted.)
  • Transcripts from an accredited institution
  • 2.5 GPA in all undergraduate coursework
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation
  • Written response to provided prompt
  • Resume/CV
  • Interview with Admissions Committee

What are the graduation requirements?

  • Coursework, including a practicum
  • Comprehensive exam
  • Digital portfolio

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