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Learn more about the Instructional Design and Learning Technologies MA program, including course information and how to apply.

MA at a Glance

  • Location: Indiana or remote via video conferencing
  • Length: As little as one year or up to five years
  • Credits: 30
  • Schedule: Full or part-time with online and evening classes
  • Admission: Rolling, you can enter the program at any time
  • Coordinator: Dr. Jacqueline McGinty,, 724-357-2400

The Master of Arts in Instructional Design and Learning Technologies is designed to fit your schedule.

Instructional Design and Learning Technologies Program

The IUP master's degree in Instructional Design and Learning Technologies is a new program built on over 40 years of experience in adult education and 20 years of experience in instructional design. The program employs a theory-to-practice approach that encourages students to relate course content to their careers and specific areas of interest.

Blended Format to Fit Your Busy Schedule

Designed for the working professional, course meetings are offered in the evenings. You can complete this program from the Indiana camps or entirely from a distance. The coursework engages students not only with projects, but with other students and the instructors for a rich rewarding learning experience. The entire master's program can be completed in two years attending part-time.

Distance Option through Video Conferencing

Thanks to our distance option, students can participate in the program from any location, an excellent option for the working professional. Flexible completion options allow students to complete the program without having to travel to classes in Indiana. You can attend courses through our video conferencing technology, allowing you to participate in live classes from your home or office.

Prepare to Enter a Growing Field

A master's degree in Instructional Design and Learning Technologies prepares you to enter what the US Bureau of Labor Statistics considers a field with a bright outlook. This designation means that the BLS considers it an emerging field with good current and future opportunities and openings for professionals.

In 2018, the median wage was at $30.98 hourly, $64,450 annually, with most positions requiring a graduate degree or higher. Over the next 10 years, the need for instructional designers and technologists is expected to grow by 5-8 percent.*

Gain the Knowledge and Credentials to Design, Teach, and Train in Digital Learning Environments

With our many years of expertise teaching professionals in this field, we feel confident that no other program prepares you better to be an instructional designer, trainer, and educator in today's technological world.

Prepare for a career in instructional design, distance education, and the development of online learning for business and industry, higher education, health care, government, and many other professional settings.

Choose whether you want to complete the thesis or non-thesis option. Students electing the non-thesis option create a digital portfolio to showcase their work throughout the program. Acquire a balance of academic expertise and practical field experience. Develop knowledge and skills in a variety of topics, including:

  • Instructional design
  • Learning management systems
  • Education technologies
  • Adult learning and development
  • Program planning
  • Digital pedagogy
  • Program planning and evaluation
  • Instructional media design

For More Information, Contact:

Dr. Jacqueline McGinty
Instructional Design and Learning Technologies Program Coordinator
104 Davis Hall
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Indiana, PA 15705

* All data is according to a 2018 Summary Report on Instructional Designers and Technologists by O*NET (Occupational Information Network).