Instructional Design & Development Master's Programs

IDD M.S. Program OverviewADDIE Model

The University of South Alabama Master of Science degree in Instructional Design and Development is an online graduate degree program providing students with the information and skills training to analyze instructional tasks, design and deliver instructional programs, and perform evaluative procedures on instructional products and services. In addition to learning how to provide instructional or training solutions to organizational problems, students learn about the subfield in IDD called human performance improvement (HPI). HPI is used in organizations when non-training solutions are called for, such as, job redesign, conflict management, and leadership training.

The Master’s program in Instructional Design & Development is delivered completely online. Using the Internet, networked information resources, and diverse sets of educational and information technologies, this program will provide a unique educational opportunity for those who may choose to use similar resources and technologies in their delivery of instruction and/or instructional content after graduation.

Education in the Health Professions Track (EHP)

The IDD M.S. program now offers a specialty track focusing on competencies related to education and training of healthcare professionals. The emphasis in this track is on instructional design pertinent to pre-clinical, clinical, and continuing medical and healthcare educational contexts. The program is intended for professional already working as medical school faculty or residents, as well as physicians and other allied healthcare professionals working in educational and professional settings, and who are responsible for meeting the training needs of healthcare professionals in these settings.

Competencies developed in the EHP track:

  • Deliver effective instruction in a variety of healthcare settings informed by theory and evidence-based practices
  • Design courses, materials, and assessments used in healthcare education and practice settings
  • Apply current issues in health professions education to training and instruction
  • Develop skills in research and training program evaluation
  • Demonstrate principles of effective supervision, mentoring and evaluation of trainees
  • Utilize various instructional technologies to deliver instruction to healthcare professionals

Program Structure

The EHP Track has a modified curriculum from the normal IDD M.S. program. The core curriculum is the same with some added unique courses in EHP. EHP track students are in most of the courses alongside professionals from other industries. Additionally, project work in all IDD courses is tailored to the particular industry in which the student is working, or intends to work. Like the normal IDD M.S. program, most courses are online, with some of the EHP-specific courses delivered in a blended format. The program is administered with working professionals in mind. The program includes two capstone projects. One is a research project in which the student to conduct a literature review in a given area of EHP that would inform practice. The capstone internship requires the student to demonstrate pedagogical and instructional design skills in an healthcare setting. The program curriculum includes the following 30 semester hours of courses:

  • EDL 510 - Theories of Adult Learning & Teaching
  • SED 599 - Foundations of Health Professions Education
  • ISD 621 - Instructional Design
  • IDE 510 - Research Methods
  • IDE 613 - Instructional and Learning Strategies
  • IDE 660 - Program Evaluation
  • IDE 635 - Advanced Measurement & Evaluation
  • IDE 645 - Advanced Human Performance Improvement
  • ISD 598 - Research & Development Project
  • ISD 595 - Internship 

Admission Requirements

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
    Official transcripts* can be sent by mail or electronically. Instructions can be found under “Help” on the application.

    *USA students applying to a USA graduate program in the College of Education and Professional Studies should complete a transcript request form (PDF) found on the University Registrar's Office website.

    In the Name/Organization field for the transcript recipient write, "USA Graduate School". There is no charge associated with this request. This option applies only to USA transcripts for students applying to USA graduate programs.


  1. GPA Requirement: A minimum overall grade-point-average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale based on the GPA used as the basis for granting the degree and posted on the official transcript from a regionally accredited institution at the time the degree was earned OR a 2.5 GPA on the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate course work posted on the official transcript from a regionally accredited institution at the time the degree was earned.

    GPA Exception: Individuals who have earned a bachelor 's degree from a regionally accredited institution at the time the degree was earned and who do not have a qualifying GPA for admission may seek admission based on a qualifying score of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). For the GRE, this standard is defined as having a score at the 50th percentile on all of the following subtests: Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. For the Miller Analogies Test, students must have a score at or above the 50th percentile based on the total group percentile rank score. For Alternative Class A programs, applicants must submit a qualifying alternate score on the Alabama-prescribed Praxis subject-area test.


  1. Submission of official GRE or MAT exam score OR possession of a terminal, advanced professional, or professional degree in a given field.


  1. A typed double-spaced statement of 2-4 pages in length regarding career goal(s) and purpose(s) for pursuing a graduate degree in Instructional Design and Development (submitted through the WebAdmit online portal).

  2. Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant’s academic and/or professional abilities (submitted through online WebAdmit portal).


  1. A professional curriculum vitae or resume (submitted through the WebAdmit online portal).


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Program Coordinator:

 James Van Haneghan, PhD

 Ph. (251)-380-2760