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MS - Instructional Design + Technology


Master's in Instructional Design & Technology

This program prepares you to become an expert in the design, development, implementation and evaluation of instructional resources to improve learning and performance in multiple environments.

Designed for teachers and professionals who wish to apply technology and related software to the instructional process to other fields, this program includes: instructional design, computer-authoring tools, software selection and maintenance, information access and delivery systems, and knowledge and skills related to staff development.

Our alumni work 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.

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Admission Requirements

The following is required to be admitted to the Department of Instructional Design and Technology:

Graduate School application

Official transcripts from regionally-accredited institutions

Government-issued ID

GPA of 2.75 or more based on the 4-point scale in last 60 hours of college course work for those completing a master’s degree or in the last 30 graduate hours from a previously completed master’s degree.

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

Official transcripts

Students must submit official bachelor’s degree transcripts containing at least 60 credit hours of coursework and final grades. Any additional transcripts from college credit accumulated after the bachelor’s degree MUST be submitted if you will be using these credits for transfer credit or for last 60 GPA. Transcripts are considered official when they arrive in the Graduate Office in a sealed envelope from the issuing institution or are received through a secure electronic transcript service to

If the transcripts need to be mailed, send to:

Emporia State University
Graduate School

Campus Box 4003
Emporia State University
1 Kellogg Circle
Emporia, KS 66801-5415

Graduation + Degree Requirements

Degree 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.

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).

Are there thesis and non-thesis options for this degree?

Yes, there is. To help you with your choice, please review the information below:


If you are interested in focusing on research and evaluation of instructional design and technology-related topics, this option is for you.

This track will prepare you to be a practitioner in the IDT field, as well as give you a stronger foundation in research and a firm grasp of research topics in the instructional design and technology field.

The thesis track will enable you to get a job in an industry where the focus is on research and assessment or help prepare you to pursue a doctorate.


If you are already a practitioner in IDT, you may want to consider this option.

Students completing this track will be prepared for jobs as instructional designers, instructional technology specialists, corporate trainers, and other related jobs.

If you are a teacher, or in an education-related position, this will enhance your ability to design instruction and how to design instruction with technology. In addition, if you are in an education-related position, this will help you become a leader in your organization in the areas of technology coordination and curriculum development.

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Scholarships are available for ESU graduate students.

How to Contact Us

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