Master of Education in Instructional Design and Technology (online)


Instructional Design and Technology

Bowling Green State University’s Master of Education in Instructional Design and Technology is a rigorous and individualized professional degree program. We’re centered on career development for individuals who teach, design curricula, engage in evaluation and research for education in public schools, higher education, and for those in learning functions in business and industry.

The Instructional Design and Technology graduate program is through BGSU's eCampus, which means the program courses are in 7-week sessions, and you will receive eCampus support along the way.

If you already have a Masters degree, you may be interested in the stand-alone Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design.

Find out more information about the Master of Education in Instructional Design and Technology by visiting the Instructional Design and Technology eCampus web page.

The Instructional Design and Technology Master of Education program prepares students to assume learning leadership roles in most environments. Students focus on performance improvement through learning. Through interactive instructional design, students create interactive programs and learning systems to help organizations identify and solve performance problems, evaluate learning solutions and interventions. Instructional Design and Technology also helps organizations adapt to continuous and sustainable change and improvement.


Persons who have undergraduate work in a component area of Instructional Design and Technology may pursue a degree program to broaden their career opportunities. Persons from education, health care, government, military, business or industry may similarly individualize their degree programs. 

Our students focus on performance through:

  • Learning
  • Interactive instructional design
  • Learning theories & strategies
  • Developing learning systems
  • Leadership development
  • Evaluating learning solutions & interventions
  • Helping organizations adapt to continuous & sustainable change
  • Applied research skills
  • Leveraging adaptive & immersive learning technologies

Who Should Apply?

Our fully-online program makes the degree convenient and appropriate for candidates of any age or career position, from entry-level to those seeking career advancement or change.

Skills in the appropriate design and administration of learning are highly valued, and upon graduation from the Instructional Design and Technology program, our students are ready to assume leadership roles in a variety of industries including Education, Business & Industry, Military, Government, and Healthcare.

Admission Requirements

A bachelor's degree in technology, education or a related technical or professional area from an accredited university is required. If the graduate coordinator determines deficiencies in a student's background, additional undergraduate or graduate work will be prescribed.

Applicants seeking admission to the Instructional Design and Technology program should follow the instructions outlined in the graduate admission webpage. Minimal admissions criteria may also be found in this section. All application materials should be sent to the Graduate Admissions Office. In addition, applicants should review the admission requirements specific to the program to which they seek admission.

Outstanding Job Placement

This program will prepare students for the following profit and non-profit career environments: Business & Industry, Public Service, Health Care, Military and Education.

Curriculum Overview

Course work in the Instructional Design and Technology program emphasizes skills in needs analysis, instructional design, instructional strategies, curriculum development, evaluation, cost benefit analysis, interactive media, digital learning theories, new and emerging learning technologies and motivation. These can be blended with course selections from other University program offerings such as technical communication, industrial psychology, human resource management, education, and organization development. Many courses involve projects in business or industry, higher education, or K-12 education settings.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Master's degree, students in the Instructional Design and Technology program are expected to be able to:

  • Compare and Contrast theoretical models and competing philosophical positions regarding the study of and/or leadership in technology and learning. 
  • Analyze organizational or educational problems with theoretical models and established needs assessment techniques. 
  • Create Instructional Design solutions that are appropriate for organizational or educational problems. 
  • Design and Conduct research that evaluates the effectiveness of learning programs. 

Program Requirements

To earn a Master of Education degree, candidates may pursue one of two plans.

Plan I - Thesis: Under this research-centered plan, students must take a minimum of 33 semester hours of graduate credit, write a thesis, and pass a final oral examination.

Plan II - Major Portfolio: Under this course-centered plan, students must take a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate credit and create an ePortfolio.

In order to maximize graduate offerings in relation to career goals, the remainder of the degree program is designed by each student in consultation with their graduate advisor. 

Updated: 05/12/2023 04:48PM