Program: Instructional Design, M.A.

Program Description

The Master of Arts in Instructional Design will provide learners with in-depth knowledge and applicable skills in the areas of learning theory for various populations as well as learning assessment and evaluation. The program also instills project management skills that are unique to the instructional design field as well as the ability to work with instructional technologies for eLearning, assessing instructional media through the lenses of diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility.

This degree is applicable to a variety of settings and fields, such as higher education, training in corporate and nonprofit settings, and any professional environment in which staff or stakeholders need professional development to be successful.

This program is available through self support (funded entirely by student fees and offered in a cohort format) in partnership between one of the CSUN academic colleges and The Tseng College.

Program Requirements

A. Admission Requirements

To be admitted, students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Have a four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. Be in good academic standing at the last college or university attended.
  3. Have satisfied one of the following conditions:
    1. Attained a GPA of at least 2.5 in a baccalaureate degree program.
    2. Attained a GPA of at least 2.5 in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units attempted.
    3. Hold a postbaccalaureate degree earned at a regionally accredited institution and a 2.5 GPA in either the undergraduate cumulative GPA or the last 60 units.

B. Classification

To meet the requirements for classified status, the student must fulfill the following:

  1. Have a 3.0 GPA or higher in all work taken after completion of a bachelor’s degree.
  2. Hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.

C. Coursework

1. Required Courses (24 units)

EDUC 604 Assessing Instructional Media Through DEI and Accessibility (3)
EPC 602ID Research Methods and Interpretation for Instructional Designers (3)
EPC 610 Educational Psychology: The Science of Learning (3)
EPC 613ID Assessment and Evaluation of Learning (3)
EPC 615 Systematic Instructional Design (3)
EPC 616 Trends and Issues: An Overview of the Instructional Design Field (3)
EPC 617 Working with Instructional Technologies for eLearning (3)
EPC 691 Project Management for Instructional Designers (3)

2. Culminating Experience (6 units)

EPC 698D Graduate Culminating Project (3-3)

Total Units Required for the M.S. Degree: 30


Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling
Chair: Shyrea Minton
Education (ED) 1218
(818) 677-2599

Graduate Coordinator: Pete Goldschmidt
(818) 677-4601

Staff: Jesse Knepper
(818) 677-4415

Staff: Sherry Sidick
(818) 677-3217

Program Learning Outcomes

Students receiving a Master of Arts in Instructional Design will be able to:

  1. Apply learning theories, frameworks and principles to the creation of learning solutions (e.g., courses, seminars, modules, programs, etc.) for diverse populations.
  2. Apply instructional design theories, strategies and models in the design of learning solutions for diverse populations.
  3. Apply principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to the design of learning solutions with a focus on accessibility standards in support of diverse learners.
  4. Use appropriate tools, media and delivery for building learning solutions for diverse populations.
  5. Create a learning solution to meet an identified problem/need/challenge for a specific learner population, including assessment/evaluation of learner outcomes.