Due to COVID-19, BGSU is temporarily waiving the GRE and GMAT requirements for all applicants to any of the University’s graduate certificate and master’s degree programs through fall 2021. Graduate application fees for new domestic applicants are also being waived through fall 2021.

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BGSU is temporarily reducing the out-of-state fee to $1 per credit hour for specific graduate programs during the 2020-2021 academic year for out-of-state students who have completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree in Ohio from an Ohio institution.

Graduate Certificate

Instructional Design

Search “instructional design job” on any job-related web site, and literally thousands upon thousands of results come up.  The FOUR graduate courses in this certificate are designed to provide advanced knowledge and skills in instructional design to equip you for this high demand field. This can be completed as a stand-alone certificate or pursued as the first FOUR courses of the Master's of Education degree in Instructional Design and Technology

SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABLE! If you are a resident of Ohio, you may be eligible for a $1000 scholarship for this program. Also, If you were in the foster system at any point in your life, you may qualify for additional funds. CONTACT US TO FIND OUT MORE!!!


Graduate Certificate - Instructional Design

Advance Your Career

  • Instructional Designer
  • Instructional Technologist
  • University Teaching and Learning Specialists
  • Adjunct Faculty

Other ID related jobs might include:

• Adjunct Faculty
• Chief Academic Officer
• Chief Learning Officer
• Consultant
• Course Design Manager
• Curriculum Developer
• Director of Center for Teaching & Learning
• Director of Instructional Design Librarian
• Director of Instructional Technology
• Director of Learning & Performance
• Director of Learning Design Operations
• Director of Training & Development
• Distance Education Specialist
• EdTech Curriculum Developer
• Education Program Manager
• Human Performance Specialist
• Instructional Design Coordinator
• Instructional Technology Director
• Lead or Senior Instructional Designer
• Learning Development Manager
• Senior Researcher & Designer
• Teaching Faculty Within the Field (Instructional Design, Instructional Technology, e-learning, Adult Education, Curriculum & Instruction)
• Technology Innovation Specialist
• Training Manager

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  • FOUR courses (12 credit hours)
  • Estimate $5,728
  • Finish in under 1 year
  • Tuition calculator (select eCampus)

Program Benefits

  • Six start dates throughout the year
  • Seven-week courses
  • 100 percent online
  • Advance your career
  • Enhance your credentials
  • Advance your professional knowledge

BGSU Degree | World-class faculty | 7-week courses | 100% online

Program Information

To obtain the BGSU Certificate in Instructional Design, participants in this program take FOUR graduate-level courses developed to provide the skills in new media development, instructional systems design, multimedia production, courseware design, and digital game based learning.

Course Requirements

This course focuses on the development of a framework for the Learning Design program that supports pedagogical diversity and innovation for formal and informal learning in the public and private sectors with a focus on new media.

This course focuses on the basic instructional design model: ADDIE model, and guide students through the typical instructional design process that includes analysis, design, development, implementation and evaluation.

This course is a survey of instructional design and digital multimedia development and evaluation techniques and evidence-based multimedia design principles for dissemination of content using various software applications.

The course is an introductory inquiry into the systematic design and development of instructional digital game-based learning (or serious gaming as it is often called); use of game theory and principles applied to training and learning problems.

Application Requirements


Submit Your Graduate College Application Online

Apply Now or Return to Existing Application

For Area of Study, select “Certificate” and “Instructional Design (eCampus)”

Note:  All graduate level programs use the same Graduate College Application. A $45 nonrefundable application fee is assessed for domestic applications. The international application fee is $75.


Submit Official Transcripts

TRANSCRIPTS: Submit scanned copies of official or unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended to the Graduate College. Upon admission, final official transcripts from each degree granting institution must be submitted.

Request official transcripts be sent to:

Graduate College
200 University Hall
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403

Non-native speakers of English must have a minimum 80 TOEFL IBT, 53 PTEA, or 7.0 IELTS score. For information visit the Educational Testing Service website.


Personal Statement and Letters of Recommendation

You will upload these items as part of the online application process for this program.

A personal statement (1-2 pages) The Statement of Purpose should address: 

  • Your motivation for pursuing graduate study in your chosen field. 
  • What you hope to gain through graduate study 
  • Your career aspirations following completion of the program 

Two letters of recommendation from recent instructors, employers or other individuals qualified to evaluate the potential for success in the program

You will be enrolled in and receive your degree from the College of Technology Architecture and Applied Engineering

Did you know nearly EVERY University in the United States has a Center for Teaching and Learning or an Online Learning Office that provides instructional design services to the university? This certificate is a way to qualify you for those positions in addition to other training positions in organizations.