Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology
The San José State University School of Information is expanding its fully online master’s degree offerings with a new Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology slated to launch in fall 2025. This exciting new online master’s degree program will prepare students to work in teaching, training, organizational management, and human performance improvement environments.
The first cohort will start in fall 2025. Fill out our interest form and be among the first to know when applications for admission open!
Data-Centered for Better Design and Delivery
Students will utilize a wide array of instructional/organizational/data strategies and technologies for training, teaching and learning, assessment and evaluation, and the design and development of informatics/data analytic systems to improve student/individual/organizational performance. Students will also learn how to assess and evaluate the quality of the entire systematic process using advanced analytics as part of a continuously improving performance loop using both formative and summative evaluation.
Growing Career Field
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics attributes growing demand for Training and Development Specialists to the increased development of new media and technology for training programs across industries. The career field is projected to grow 8 percent from 2021 to 2031, faster than the average for all occupations. (November 2022)
Employment in instructional design and technology-related occupations is projected to grow at above-average rates at all geographic levels over the next decade.
The increase in jobs is also attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic, which brought renewed attention to the importance of instructional design and technology. As the health crisis prompted a move to online learning, there was a jump in the availability of online learning resources and adoption of new learning strategies. Educational administrators now understand that online education and digital tools are essential to their institutions’ academic viability and future success.
Possible careers in the Instructional Design and Technology field include:
- Instructional Coordinators
- Training and Development Specialists
- Learning Content Designer
- Course Developer
- Learning Experience Designer
- Digital Learning Coordinator
- Educational Administrators
- Career/Technical Education Teachers
- Computer User Support Specialists
Convenient 100% Online or Hybrid Campus-Based/Online Learning
The Instructional Design and Technology master’s degree program gives students the option to do 100% online learning—including courses, academic advising, faculty office hours, guest speaker presentations, research assistant opportunities, convocation, and more!
There are no on-campus orientations or other required in-person events. Students interact with peers and instructors through web conferencing, social networking platforms, a web-based learning management system, and other interactive environments.
Most course content is delivered asynchronously, giving students the freedom to access the course at any time they choose, from any location. Some courses also include occasional “live” synchronous sessions.
Students will also have a hybrid option which will allow them to take a combination of online and in-person courses. The program is designed to be flexible, convenient, and to facilitate the best possible learning experience.