Why earn a master's degree in instructional design technology?

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A master's degree in Instructional Design & Technology gives you the strategic skills you need, including:

  • Instructional Design
  • Curriculum Development
  • Educational Technologies
  • Adult Education
  • Learning Management Systems
  • Adobe Photoshop

Benefit from the expertise of a diverse faculty that includes leaders in the field, including an expert in the use of digital games for the classroom and the coauthor of a leading textbook. We offer a personal online experience with live evening classes (held to a 15-student maximum) and support services such as online tutoring, library and tech support.

In addition to core requirements, you'll take courses in education or psychology, scholarly tools/research, electives and an area of emphasis. 

The K-12 track complies with the International Society for Technology in Education standards for technology facilitators, the most widely accepted standards for technology integration in K-12 education, unique in North Dakota. A scholarly project is required that addresses a practical problem or theoretical construct.

Instructional Design & Technology at UND

  • Small classes enable the instructor to give students personal attention.

  • An internship is a culminating experience in which the student will work in a real world instructional design project.

  • Learn with a process that is part science and part art to develop effective instruction.

  • Design and develop computer-based instruction, multimedia, web-based instruction, video-based instruction, simulations and games.

  • Synchronous live classes via video conference give online students an on-campus classroom experience. 

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Projected job growth for instructional coordinators through 2028

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Job placement rate for UND graduates, with every student finding a job in the field one to three months after graduation. Starting salaries are between $35,000 and $60,000.


Many of our students found jobs or were promoted from the current position before graduation. In K-12 education, you may work as a:

  • Technology facilitator: Design learning environments that make intelligent use of technology and solve problems in the classroom.
  • Professional development trainerDevelop and deliver training for teachers at a school, or at the district, state or national levels.
  • Curriculum designer: Focus exclusively on the design of large-scale curricula at all levels of the education system.

In higher education, you may work as an:

  • Instructional designer or educational technology specialist: Develop online courses and other class/training materials, or
  • Work with faculty to develop technology-assisted learning, including online education and multimedia development labs.

UND Instructional Design & Technology Alumni

Instructional Design & Technology alumni have gone on to a variety of successful careers with:

  • Pearson PLC
  • Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
  • Deloitte, LLP

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Top Online Graduate IDT Degree in the Nation

Compare our cost to other IDT programs. You'll see why UND ranks amongst the best for educational quality, affordability and career outcomes. U.S. News & World Report votes us as a top online graduate education program.

No. 24 U.S. World & World Report Ranking 

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