University Bulletin 2022-23

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Instructional Design and Development (MS)

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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, K-12 education, and related self-employed activities.

  1. Each student will be assigned a major professor and will complete a course-of-study form by the end of the first semester of study.
  2. A program committee will be appointed to work with the student.
  3. A Master's Comprehensive Examination will be completed by each student during the student's last semester.

The Master's program in Instructional Design and Development (IDD) has both on-campus and on-line courses. Although not all courses are taught in both formats, students are able to complete the Master's program in one format or the other, or a combination of on-campus and on-line courses. Using the Internet and other distance learning technologies, the IDD on-line program provides an educational opportunity for those who choose to use similar technology that they might employ for delivering educational and training courses after graduation.

Flexibility is the key to the program, and students can complete courses via the Internet following their individual learning schedules during the semester. Students are able to interact directly with their instructor and classmates to obtain subject information, to work on course and team assignments, and to complete assessments via the Internet. In addition, students have direct access to the University Library and advising services.

For more detailed information, please visit the ID&D website at or contact:  Telephone (251) 380-2861

Admission requirements

Applications for the Instructional Design and Development program are reviewed throughout the year. 

Requirements for admission are found on the Program webpage at

To apply - click here to get to the graduate admissions page.

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


Many Instructional Design and Development students complete an internship of a minimum of 240 contact hours. Students must complete all foundational 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 and must have prior approval of the internship coordinator and the student's advisor.

Requirements for degree

To qualify for the Master's Degree in Instructional Design and Development, candidates must satisfactorily complete the following program, maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 on all program of study courses and all work attempted. A maximum of two Cs can be counted. No grades of D or F may be counted. If a third C or any grade below is earned, the student will be dismissed from the program. Students must complete a written course of study by the end of their first semester in the program.

Students must successfully complete a 1-hour oral comprehensive exam. The exam may be taken only two times.

Requirements for the M.S. Degree in Instructional Design and Development Program Credit Hours
Requirements for the M.S. degree in Instructional Design and Development Program 33 minimum
Foundational Core Courses 21
ISD 610  
ISD 613  
ISD 621  
ISD 641  
EPY 502  
IDE 510  
IDE 660  
Additional Requirements 9
ISD 581  
ISD 611  
ISD 653  
Field Courses 3 minimum
ISD 595  
ISD 598  
ISD 599  
Department of Counseling and Instructional Sciences
(251) 380-2861
Interim Chair James P. Van Haneghan
Professors Getch, Stefurak, Van Haneghan           
Associate Professors Billingsley, Fregeau, McDermott
Assistant Professors Ding, Gaston, McCarty, Moore, Upton, Zha

Department of Counseling and Instructional Sciences website

Department of Counseling and Instructional Sciences

The Department of Counseling and Instructional Sciences offers the Master of Education degree in Educational Media (leading to certification in Library Media), and in  School Counseling leading to certification as a school counselor, and the Master of Science degree in Educational Media & Technology, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and Instructional Design. The department also offers the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Instructional Design and Development.  The department collaborates with the Department of Psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences to deliver the Ph.D. degree in Combined-Integrated Clinical & Counseling Psychology. Finally, the department offers the B.S. degree and minor in Instructional Design & Performance Improvement.

Interdepartmental education

Faculty within the department offer foundational coursework in Education Technology, Educational Psychology, Educational Foundations, and Educational Research. These courses are offered for students in the undergraduate and graduate programs throughout the college and are designed to broaden and strengthen degree-area preparation.