Department of
Instructional Design & Technology

Master of Science in Instructional Design & Technology


Program Description

The Instructional Design and Technology Department offers a Master of Science Degree in Instructional Design and Technology delivered both on-campus and online. This degree prepares individuals for leadership in the design, development, and integration of technology and online learning into teaching and private sector training.

Individuals obtaining the IDT degree serve as instructional designers/trainers in business, industry, healthcare, military, and post-secondary institutions; charged with training, development, and eLearning programs within their organizations. Others are practicing P-12 educators who wish to improve the quality of curriculum, instruction, and student learning through appropriate integration of technology into the classroom.


Admission Requirements*

Persons wishing to pursue a master's degree in the Department of Instructional Design & Technology are required to be admitted to the Graduate School and to the Department of Instructional Design and Technology. The department graduate committee will use the following criteria for assessing whether or not to recommend an applicant for admission to the department:

  1. Complete ESU Graduate Application (which will include some of the following items)
  2. Submit official transcripts
  3. An overal GPA of 2.75 or more based on the 4-point scale in undergraduate study
  4. Resume (2 or more pages) **
  5. Two current recommendations via forms or letters (open or closed)
  6. Access to the Internet and possess a multimedia capable computer. (All students admitted to the IDT degree or certificate program are required to provide their own personal computing devices to complete assignments. The device needs to be capable of completing required class assignments.)
  7. Writing Competency
  8. A 250 to 300 word formal paper** describing your experiences and career goals involving instructional design and technology and your interest in completing an online degree.
    The writing competency (without name) will be scored by two faculty members in the IDT Department on writing quality. Items graded will be based on the 6 Trait Analytical Assessment identified by the National Council of Teachers of English.
    Only applicants with completed admission packets will be considered. An IDT admissions committee will meet to review admission materials. Those applicants who are not admitted may request their names be placed on a waiting list for future consideration by the IDT admissions committee.

*International applicants have additional requirements; visit to find out more.

**Resume and paper may be submitted electronically as an email attachment to


Degree Requirements

Degree Candidacy Requirements

Upon satisfactory fulfillment of the admission criteria and completion of the first 6-12 hours, the student will be admitted to candidacy for the degree sought. Candidacy is the formal approval for pursuit of a graduate degree after it is determined all specified admission criteria have been met. Students are expected to continuously demonstrate personal characteristics appropriate to the profession, maintain a 3.0 GPA or better through their MS program, and file a degree plan with their advisor.

Graduation Requirements

In order to receive a master's degree from this department, students must accomplish the following:

  • Complete the program of study.
  • Maintain a B average (a grade lower than a C cannot be used).


Contact Us

For more information, please call 620-341-5829 or email Janet Schneider.