Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology

Admission Requirements

The applicant must meet the School of Graduate Studies’ current minimum general admission requirements as published in the graduate catalog.

  1. An overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 or a junior/senior year grade point average of 3.00 for the Master of Education and Master of Science degrees, and for the certificate programs.
  2. A 3.5 or better grade point average for all graduate work.
  3. Satisfy the School of Graduate Studies’ English Language Proficiency requirements as published in the graduate catalog.
  4. Two essay questions as part of the application process.

Provisional admission may be considered for students whose academic performance does not meet these criteria. Whether such consideration is given will depend on the circumstances and the judgment of the admissions faculty.

Degree Requirements

Students seeking the MS degree at the University of North Dakota must satisfy all general requirements set forth by the School of Graduate Studies as well as particular requirements set forth by the IDT program.

  1. At least one-half of the credits must be at or above the 500 level.
  2. A maximum of one-fourth of the credit hours required for the degree may be transferred from another institution.
Required Courses
Core coursework in IDT 9
Additional coursework in IDT area of emphasis9
Foundations coursework in education or psychology3
Scholarly tools/research 6
Scholarly project or thesis2-4
Total (34-non-thesis or 36- thesis)

The IDT degree options are based on the same set of program components:

  1. Program core component: New courses presenting IDT content.
  2. Research component: Development of research skills.
  3. Foundations component: Fundamental background in psychology.
  4. Area of Emphasis in IDT: Opportunity for area or skill specialization within IDT.

The IDT course requirements are organized within a major, foundations area, research/scholarly tools area, and area of emphasis. The major consists of the IDT core and the area of emphasis in IDT. Students in the MS degree program will be required to complete 18 credit hours of coursework in IDT subject matter. This requirement includes:

Core Coursework
IDT 500Survey of Instructional Design3
IDT 520Instructional Systems Analysis and Design3
IDT 525Development, Implementation, and Evaluation of Instructional Materials3
Area of Emphasis
Select three of the following:9
Theories and Models of Instructional Design
Special Topics in Instructional Design and Technology
Readings in Instructional Design and Technology
Research in Instructional Design and Technology (MS must take scholarly tool, does not count toward cognate)
Directed Studies in Instructional Design and Technology
K-12 Emphasis
Technology-Based Instruction: Applications and Methods
Digital Media and the Internet in Schools
Corporate Emphasis
Instructional Design Consulting
Human Performance Technology
Computer- and Web-Based Instruction
Introduction to Computer-Based Instruction
Advanced Computer-Based Instructional Development
Instructional Simulations and Games
Introduction to Web-Based Instruction
Any EFR Foundations course 3
Scholarly Tools
EFR 509Introduction to Applied Educational Research3
IDT 592Research in Instructional Design and Technology1-3
IDT 584Internship in Instructional Design and Technology2-4
Thesis/Scholarly Project
Select one of the following:2-4
Independent Study
Scholarly Project
Total Credits29-35