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The Master of Science degree program in Instructional Design and Development provides students with the information and skill training to analyze instructional tasks, to design and deliver instructional programs, and to perform evaluative procedures on instructional products and services.

The job market potential for graduates of the program includes the management of in-service education in business and industry, health-related institutions and agencies, military agencies, institutions of higher education, and related self-employed activities. Both Master's and Doctoral degrees are offered on campus. Recently the university has implemented a Master's program option delivered entirely via the World Wide Web.

Admission Requirements
Applicants for the Instructional Design and Development program are reviewed throughout the year. Requirements for admission are the following:

1. A completed application for admission to the Graduate School.

2. One official copy of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts.

3. Two letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant’s academic and/or professional abilities.

4. A statement of the applicant’s career goal(s) and purpose(s) for pursuing the Master’s program in Instructional Design and Development.

5. Results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) including the writing component or MAT.

Applications, transcripts, letters, and all supporting materials should be submitted to the Office of Admissions, Administration Building, Room 182, University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL 36688-0002.

Final admission decision involves evaluation of the following: grade-point average, scores on the GRE or MAT, letters of reference, applicant’s statement of career goal(s) and purpose(s), professional experience, and program enrollment and availability.

    Program Requirements

Master of Science in Instructional Design & Development
(40 Hours Minimum)
To qualify for the M.S. Degree in Instructional Design and Development, candidates must satisfactorily complete the following program with a minimum grade of “B” or better on all course work.

1. Each student will be assigned a major professor and will complete a course-of-studies form by the end of the first semester of study. Requirements of the program include 21 semester hours from core courses, 9 hours of additional requirements and a minimum of 3 semester hours of field courses.

2. A program committee will be appointed to work with the student.

3. Each student will complete a 1-hour Master's oral comprehensive examination during the student's last semester. The exam may be taken only two times.

Field Course  

All Instructional Design and Development students are required to complete an internship, research and development project, or a thesis. An internship consists of a minimum of 240 contact hours. Students must have completed all core courses prior to enrolling for the internship. The internship component is designed to give students practical experience in design, implementation, and/or evaluation of instructional systems. The internship must have prior approval of the internship coordinator and the student’s advisor.


(Note: Not every IDD course is offered online, although it is possible to complete degree requirements taking only online courses. For currently available online courses, please visit the Course Catalog.) All Courses are 3 hours.

Instructional Design Core
(22 semester hours)

ISD 610 Trends and Issues in Instructional Design and Development
ISD613 Instructional & Learning Strategies
ISD 621 Instructional Design
ISD 641 Performance Systems Technology
EPY 502 Psychological Principles of Learning
IDE 510 Educational Research and Evaluation
IDE 660 Program Evaluation

Additonal Requirements
(9 semester hours)
  ISD 581 Hypermedia Tools
ISD 653 Developing Online Instruction
ISD 640 Needs Assessment

Field Courses
(3 semester hours minimum)
ISD 595 Internship
ISD 598 Research & Development Project
ISD 599 Thesis

For further information, please contact:

Ms. Gail McLean
email:  gmclean@southalabama.edu
phone:  251-380-2861
fax:   251-380-2713

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