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MS in Information and Instructional Design

Create invaluable learning solutions. Deliver powerful possibilities.

You value education. Life-long learning. You see the doors it opens. The lights it turns on. And you want the skills that will allow you to be an instrumental part of it. To help adults learn, grow, and achieve.

An online Master of Science degree (MSc) in Information & Instructional Design from Southern Polytechnic State University, an accredited member of the University System of Georgia, teaches you to design unique information and instructional design solutions that deliver these powerful possibilities to adult learners in a variety of businesses and industries.

And you'll create some powerful possibilities for yourself. In an increasingly diverse, dynamic world, employers demand an educated, adaptable workforce. You'll learn to apply multi-disciplinary theory using the latest technology to create meaning, inspire change, deliver value.

Who enrolls in the online MSc in Information & Instructional Design degree program?

Your fellow students are working adults. They are career builders. Career changers. Innovators. They come from a variety of backgrounds. Some work in technical communication, others in education, business, and numerous other fields. They're looking for opportunities in corporate training, healthcare training, and more.

Most of all, like you, your fellow students care about learning and communication. About technology and design.

Your fellow students are the people with whom you will forge personal and professional bonds. The kinds of bonds that will become integral to the success of your career.

What will my learning experience be like?

Our students tell us graduate school is rigorous, challenging, and exciting. And they're right. You'll work independently and collaboratively on projects that confront and resolve actual issues faced by real project sponsors.

Your intensive class work will be entirely online. But that doesn't make it "easy"; in fact, an online learning environment demands more from you. But it also gives more back to you. You will be challenged to set goals and be self motivated. You'll increase both the breadth and depth of your knowledge, while making critical connections to faculty members who are experts in the field, as well as your fellow students who are on the same road to success.

How long will the degree take to complete?

Because of its rigor, and other life demands you must meet, the program is designed primarily for part-time study. Students with full-time jobs typically take 1 course per semester and plan a 3-year timeline to complete the MSc degree. Full-time study (defined as 9 credit hours or 3 courses per semester) is limited to students receiving financial aid or those who are not employed.

We want you to succeed. During your first semester, you will be restricted to 1 course. Graduate-level courses require more reading and study. The assignments are significantly more complex. So you'll spend at least 15 to 20 hours per week on that 1 course. This restriction gives you the chance to adjust to both the workload and online learning environment.

How much will it cost?

No matter where in the world you call home, you'll pay in-state tuition and fees. For the 2012–13 academic year, one 3-credit course will cost  approximately $1,215. Visit the Office of Financial Aid for information about funding your education.

What kinds of courses will I take?

Your coursework will cover topics in both instructional theory and application and technical communication. It will also incorporate the numerous technologies and media where instruction and communication happen. A snapshot of courses includes:

  • Instructional Systems Design
  • Technology Applications in Teaching and Learning
  • Educational Psychology—The Adult Learner
  • Information Design
  • Online Instructional Development
  • Foundations of Multimedia

What kinds of jobs can I expect with an MSc in Information &  Instructional Design?

You can work in any industry that requires information and instructional solutions, including business, education, government, and healthcare. Or you can work as a consultant across these industries and more.

The skills you'll apply in your career field could include

  • information design,
  • instructional development,
  • training, and
  • content development or management.

Is this a terminal degree?

Because we are an accredited school and part of the University System of Georgia, our master's students are also qualified to pursue an education at the doctoral level.

What else do we offer?

We also offer an Advanced Certificate in Instructional Design. Graduate certificates are designed for students who already have a master's level (or above) credential, but would like to specialize via a six-course certificate.