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Instructional Systems Technology, MSEd

Master of Science in Education

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Instructional systems technology (IST) is a discipline that focuses on ways to improve learning and performance for students of all ages and in a wide range of settings. It studies the ways people acquire, process, and share information in order to create the most effective learning environments and instructional tools.

The IU Online MSEd in Instructional Systems Technology includes core courses in instructional technology foundations, the instructional design and development processes, and evaluation and change in the instructional development process. You learn to design effective instructional materials that can be delivered through print, video, and computers. You build and test processes, products, and services that are ready to use in education and/or training settings.

A degree in instructional systems technology has applications not just in educational settings, but also in corporations, government, military, and nonprofit organizations. You prepare to solve instructional problems and tackle human performance issues, from training factory workers to use new equipment, to developing a change management plan for introducing new management practices in a global company.

Your IU Online MSEd in Instructional Systems Technology prepares you for such careers as:

  • E-learning developer 
  • Instructional designer 
  • Corporate trainer 
  • Technology coordinator  
  • Online learning specialist  
  • Technology integration specialist  
  • Computer learning lab coordinator  
  • Online teacher, mentor or trainer  
  • Educational software consultant 

Degree Requirements

To graduate with the MS in Instructional Systems Technology, you must complete 36 credit hours.

Requirements are broken down as follows:

  • IST core courses (15 credit hours) 
  • IST specialization courses (12 credit hours) 
  • Courses outside of the major (9 credit hours) 


To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree 
  2. 2.7 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states.

To apply to this program, complete an online application that includes:

  • Transcripts
  • Personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • GRE scores
  • Resume (international students only)
  • TOEFL score (minimum 79) or IELTS score (minimum 6.5) - international students only 


EDUC-R 511 Instructional and Performance Technologies Foundations 3 Credits
EDUC-R 521 Design and Development of Instructional and Performance Interventions 3 Credits
EDUC-R 541 Instructional Development and Production: Design Thinking 3 Credits
EDUC-R 561 Evaluation of Instructional and Performance Improvement Systems 3 Credits
EDUC-R 621 Analysis for Instructional & Performance Improvement 3 Credits

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Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $490.60
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1471.80

Additional fees will apply.

Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $588.66
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1765.98