University of North Dakota

College of Education and Human Development

Instructional Design and Technology


Grand Forks, ND 58202

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Certificate in Corporate Training and Performance, Certificate in eLearning, Certificate in K-12 Technology Integration, M.S.-Instructional Design and Technology; M.Ed.-Instructional Design and Technology

Format: Online

Program Description:

The primary mission of the Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) program is to prepare graduates for service in education, business, government, and industry who will enhance instruction and learning through the use of instructional design and technology. Graduates will be able to design curriculum, training, and human performance solutions using any medium and for any subject area, environment, or learner. Graduates of the doctoral program will be qualified to work as university faculty in IDT. The Master of Science (MS) degree is primarily intended for students who plan to work in business, government, and industry developing and delivering technologically supported curriculum and/or solving human performance problems. This degree is available in two tracks. The MS (thesis option) is intended for those students who want to develop and utilize research skills, (e.g., for work in academic environments where research is encouraged). The MS (scholarly project option) is intended for those students who prefer to emphasize the development and evaluation of instructional materials. The Master of Education (MEd) degree is primarily intended for students who plan to work in an education environment, including K-12 schools and higher education. Individuals pursuing this degree will work primarily as technology facilitators or curriculum design specialists. As technology facilitators, they are likely to work with instructors in assisting them to appropriately, effectively, and successfully integrate technology into their instruction. They are also likely to do some direct work with students in teaching skills associated with technology integration. As curriculum design specialists, they are likely to work at the school, district, or state levels to design curriculum for public education. Students pursuing this degree will learn the theoretical issues associated with technologically supported instruction but their emphasis will be in the application of this knowledge in terms of best practices. A scholarly project is required and is considered a capstone experience. The scholarly project must address a real-world, practical instructional design learning or performance problem and fully employ an instructional design or human performance technology model to the solution of that problem or address a theoretical construct in the same way that a thesis does.


UND is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. UND also holds many special accreditation's at the college, department, or program level.

International Student Requirements:

All graduate applicants must demonstrate academic-level proficiency with the English language before they will be considered for admission. This requirement must be met by all applicants, regardless of citizenship, residency, or nation of birth. No applicants will be considered for admission until the English Language Proficiency is met. Please refer to the Academic Catalog for ways in which this requirement can be met.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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