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Earn your master’s degree from a 50-year leader in instructional design.

Highly engaging and personalized learning experiences are critical for acquiring new skills and knowledge. An MS in Instructional Design and Technology from Walden can fuel your passion for helping people learn. During this program, you’ll develop skills at the forefront of instructional design and use the latest technology to create engaging, content-rich, multimedia instruction. You’ll also gain a deeper understanding of how and why people learn. An online master’s in instructional design and technology program can help prepare you for a role as an instructional designer, curriculum designer, education coordinator, or instructional coach in education, government, corporate, military, and healthcare settings.

Learn from a leader

Experience a university with 50 years of experience designing learning experiences for working professionals.

Customize your learning.

Get support from faculty passionate about instructional design. Take advantage of on-demand, self-paced content and tutorials.

Apply your new skills.

For your capstone course, identify and help solve a real-world problem, while building a portfolio for potential employers.

Build software expertise.

Hone your skills with complimentary access to Adobe Captivate and Adobe Creative Cloud with applications.

Program Savings

Receive up to a $3,000 Walden Live & Learn Grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on November 1, 2021. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

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General Program and Specializations

General Program

Gain the hands-on design experience you need to harness technology to create rich, effective, and innovative curricula.

Online Learning

Explore strategies for developing and delivering online content and assessing student learning in online environments.

Training and Performance Improvement

Learn how to identify performance gaps, conduct needs assessments, and evaluate learning solutions for your organization.

Admission Requirements

Program Admission Considerations: A bachelor's degree or higher.

General Admissions Requirements: Completed online application and transcripts. Please note that the materials you are required to submit may vary depending on the academic program to which you apply. More information for international applicants.

Elevate and Expand Your Professional Options

Walden’s MS in Instructional Design and Technology is a career-focused program that prepares you for the field with job-relevant skills and credentials, including a post-baccalaureate certificate of proficiency when you complete your first six courses. This program’s capstone project and virtual student showcase gives you the opportunity to build your résumé and portfolio to share with prospective employers. Train on industry-standard software and develop the skills to assess, create, and manage learning materials—and prepare to build a career with impact.

Meet Your Academic Team

  • Mark Clauburg

    Mark Clauburg

    Program Director

    Dr. Clauburg is the program director for Walden’s EdS in Educational Technology, MS in Instructional Design and Technology, and PhD in Education programs. He holds an EdD in Instructional Technology from Nova Southern University and a master’s from Stockton University.

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  • Debra Chester

    Academic Coordinator

    A former public school educator and media specialist with over three decades of experience, Debra Chester is the specialization coordinator for the MS in Instructional Design and Technology programs and the PhD in Education program in the School of Higher Education, Leadership, and Policy in The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership.

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  • Susan Schnorr

    Contributing Faculty

    Susan Schnorr has been teaching at Walden since 2011 and is a lead faculty member in the instructional design and technology program. She is also president of a consultant firm specializing in instructional design that works with Fortune 100 companies to design and deliver corporate training programs.

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Learning Outcomes

Graduates of Walden’s MS in Instructional Design and Technology program will be prepared to:

  • Design and implement conditions for learning by applying principles, theories, and research associated with instructional systems design, message design, instructional strategies, and learner characteristics.
  • Develop instructional materials and experiences by applying principles, theories, and research related to print, audiovisual, computer-based, and integrated technologies.
  • Use processes and resources for learning by applying principles, theories, and research related to media utilization, diffusion, implementations, and policy making.
  • Plan, organize, coordinate, and supervise instructional technology by applying principles, theories, and research related to project, resource, delivery system, and information management.
  • Evaluate the adequacy of instruction and learning by applying principles, theories, and research related to problem analysis, criterion references measurement, formative and summative evaluation, and long-range planning.
  • Demonstrate the ability to facilitate equitable access to instructional materials for all learners.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply common technology tools to create innovative learning solutions and materials.

Career Outlook

As more organizations adopt learner-centric models of teaching, the need for knowledgeable and skilled instructional designers continues to grow. With an online master’s in instructional design from Walden, you’ll benefit from our history of expertise and leadership in the development of targeted online instructional content.

Since 2004, demand for instructional designers has been on the rise—up by more than 20% nationwide.1 According to information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary range for instructional coordinators was $50,930–85,090 in May 2019.2

A master’s in Instructional Design and Technology can prepare you to pursue career options such as:3

  • Instructional designer
  • Curriculum designer
  • Instructional coach
  • Education coordinator

A master’s in instructional design and technology can prepare you to work in settings such as:

  • Educational institutions
  • Corporations
  • Government agencies
  • Nonprofit organizations


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