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Admission Requirements

Students may qualify for admission to the MS in Instructional Design program in three ways:
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Admission based on a previously completed master degree
Admission may be recommended for applicants who hold a master's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution and who earned an overall graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.
GRE or GMAT Scores: Admission based on scored for the GRE or GMAT
  • Admission with GRE:
    • Scores prior to August 2011 - The required GAP score based on the GRE is 2200 (GAP = GRE-V Plus GRE-Q Multiplied by your undergraduate GPA). An Analytical Writing score of 3.5 or higher is also required. Students who took the GRE General Test prior to October 1, 2002 must have a GAP score of 3500 or higher.
    • Scores after August 2011 - Minimum GAP score (Undergraduate GPA Multiplied by 100) PLUS (GRE Verbal PLUS GRE Quantitative) of 550, with a minimum verbal and quantitative score of 139 each. An Analytical Writing score of 3.5 or higher is also required.
  • Admission with GMAT:
    • The required GAP score based on the GMAT score is 1050 (GAP = Undergraduate GPA Multiplied by 200 PLUS GMAT Score). An analytical writing score of 3.5 or higher is also required.
NO GRE or GMAT: Students with a baccalaureate degree but without the GRE or GMAT
  • Applicants who hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university may apply for admission without a GRE or GMAT score if they achieved an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or least a 3.2 GPA in their last 60 hours of undergraduate credit for the degree.
The following materials must be submitted as part of an admission portfolio with the application form for admission to Graduate Studies and the MS in Instructional Design degree program: 
  • A letter of application that provides a rationale for admission without a GRE or GMAT score.
  • A statement explaining the applicant's career goal(s) and purpose(s) for pursuing the master's program in Instructional Design.
  • A current vita.
  • At least two letters of recommendation:
    • One letter of reference from a college/university instructor that details the applicant's potential for successful completion of the Master of Science program in Instructional Design.
    • One letter of reference from an employer or supervisor that addresses the applicant's dispositions that predict success as a member of an Instructional Design or Training Team.
  • At least a 3-page paper that indicates the applicant's analytical writing ability.

The admission decision by program faculty under this alternative is based on a review of the full set of admission documents. Applicants should strive to provide evidence of potential for completion of the degree and success in the field of instructional design.

Program graduates will possess the following competencies:

  • Ability to analyze a variety of instructional performance issues in business, government, education, and home settings
  • Ability to design and develop instructional solutions, including appropriate combinations of traditional/instructor led strategies, constructivist techniques, technology systems, and performance support systems
  • Ability to ethically and effectively manage instructional design projects, including project management/tracking and scheduling, budgeting, and client consultation skills
  • Ability to design appropriate assessment plans for instructional solutions
  • Ability to evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of instructional solutions

Students who graduate with a master’s degree in instructional design may expect employment as instructional designers and trainers in businesses, corporations, school and university settings, government agencies, and military services. Instructional design graduates may also be employed as managers of technology-based systems and designers of technology products in settings that include corporations, universities, community colleges, medical centers, libraries, and school districts.

 Last Modified 3/11/14