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What does it cost?

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How long will it take?

  • A minimum of 36 semester hours is required to receive your degree
  • 4 semesters or 1.5 years

Where will I take classes?

All required classes to earn a degree can be completed online.

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: May 1
  • Spring: October 15
  • Summer: March 1

Instructional Design and Technology, M.S.

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Sanquinette Vaughn
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Become an expert in designing and delivering instruction in all formats with Georgia State’s online master of science in instructional design and technology. Our 36-hour online M.S. will have you creating dynamic and effective learning experiences while you dive into instructional systems theory and various forms of media and learning environments.

Our graduates are highly regarded and are working in corporate settings of all sizes, higher education, non-profits and government organizations, as well as other educational settings. We also provide quality, network-building internships in the metro Atlanta area.

A master’s degree in the field is desirable as organizations place greater emphasis on well-trained staff. Employers want critical thinkers who can serve in leadership roles to ensure that training is provided in ways that make sense for their employees. Instructional coordinators, designers and technologists are finding success in improving training and education. If you already work in the field, you will be putting to use right away the lessons you learn in your coursework.

Note: The program does not lead to certification by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. The Instructional Design and Technology program has attendance requirements and meets in online web conferencing sessions. You must be able to attend online class sessions that begin as early as 4:30 p.m. EST.

Program Highlights

You will learn to…

  • Analyze, design, develop, implement and evaluate instructional materials
  • Identify and analyze instructional goals of learners
  • Develop assessment instruments to measure learning objectives
  • Design online, mobile and interactive instructional materials using the industry standard eLearning authoring suite – Articulate 360 Suite (Storyline 360, RISE, Review, and many other application tools and resources provided to students)

Ideal Candidate

  • Holds a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Aspires to pursue a career related to instructional technology
  • Seeks a position in professional training and development
  • Has basic computing skills
Program Details

Admissions Requirements

When applying to the Instructional Design & Technology (online program), M.S. program, you will need to submit several documents for review.

  • Online Application
  • Application Fee of $50
  • Goals Statement (upload with the application)
  • Resume (upload with the application)
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (identify your recommenders on the application)
  • Official Transcript(s): Undergraduate or a master’s degree required for admission consideration. Submit transcripts from all colleges/universities attended either electronically to [email protected] or by mailing directly to Georgia State University | Office of Admissions — Graduate School, P.O. Box 4018 Atlanta, GA 30302.


Program of Study

Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology

Professional Studies (6)
Select One Course (3):

  • EPRS 7900 Methods of Research in Education (3)
  • LT 8300 Design Research in Practice (3)

Select One Course (3):

  • EPY 7080 The Psychology of Learning and Learners (3)
  • EPY 8070 Understanding and Facilitating Adult Learning (3)
  • LT 8100 Introduction to the Learning Sciences (3)

Major (27)
Required (12):

  • LT 7100 Design of Performance and Instructional Systems (3)
  • LT 7150 Analysis of Performance and Instructional Systems (3)
  • LT 8000 Foundations of Instructional Technology (3)
  • LT 8150 Project Management for Instructional Designers (3)

Select five (15):

  • LT 7110 Instructional Design for School-Based Settings (3)
  • LT 7360 Integrating Technology in School-Based Learning Environments (3)
  • LT 7777 Inventing to Learn (3)
  • LT 8050 Evaluation and Assessment of Online Learning (3)
  • LT 8100 Introduction to the Learning Sciences (3)*
  • LT 8110 Leadership in Instructional Technology (3)
  • LT 8200 Diffusion and Adoption of Technological Innovation (3)
  • LT 8300 Design Research in Practice (3)*
  • LT 8360 E-Learning Design and Development (3)
  • LT 8390 Analysis of Education, Training, and Performance Support Centers (3)
  • LT 8400 Developing Digital Multimedia for Learning (3)
  • LT 8420 Topics in Instructional Technology (3)
  • LT 8440 eLearning Environments (3)
  • LT 8700 Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (3)
  • Other courses may be selected with consent of advisor.

*LT 8100 and LT 8300 can count in the professional studies area or in the electives area but not both.

Internship (3)
Required (3):

  • LT 8660 Internship in Instructional Technology (3)

Students must have completed at least 24 semester hours of program coursework before taking LT 8660.

Exit Requirement: Students must achieve a satisfactory score on a written departmental examination and successfully present a portfolio of their work in instructional design and technology.

Program total: minimum of 36 semester hours

For complete degree requirements, visit the catalog.

Funding Your Graduate Education

Cost of attendance and funding opportunities are integral to your decision to attend graduate school. Georgia State University is proud to offer a variety of funding opportunities, from assistantships to fellowships.

Awards and Assistantships

Various awards, assistantships and fellowships are available to new and current graduate students. We encourage you to contact your department, college, school or institute of interest to get more information about the assistantships and fellowships that they offer their students.

The Scholarship Resource Center offers guidance and support to students seeking financial assistance through scholarship opportunities, including this scholarship library.


The Office of Graduate Programs’ Fellowship Advisor works with students interested in applying for nationally prestigious and competitive fellowships. The Office of Graduate Programs also coordinates the application process for students applying to the Second Century Initiative, the Provost’s Dissertation Fellowship and the Dissertation Library Travel Awards.

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Our graduates have found careers at:

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Coca-Cola
  • Home Depot
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Georgia Tech

Career Pathways

  • Curriculum developer
  • Instructional designer
  • eLearning designer
  • Training and development leader
  • Professional trainer


Admissions and Curriculum Inquiries

Learning Sciences
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Mailing Address & Office Location
Learning Sciences
7th floor, suite 750
30 Pryor St. SW
Atlanta, GA 30303 USA

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The information shared here provides an overview of Georgia State’s offerings. For official details on admissions requirements, tuition, courses and more, refer to the university catalogs.