Master of Arts in Instructional Design and Technology


The growth in online education and training has created a demand for individuals who can apply cutting edge technologies and instructional design strategies to create quality learning experiences in public schools, higher education institutions, and corporate and non-profit organizations. The Master of Arts in Instructional Design and Technology, offered by the College of Education and Human Services, prepares students for jobs as technology integration specialists or online curriculum specialists. Teachers looking for a master’s degree may also find this a perfect complement to undergraduate degrees.

In higher education, instructional designers develop online courses or work with faculty to create interactive classroom components. In addition, the IDT degree provides the foundation for additional doctoral study.

Admissions Requirements

A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. An undergraduate degree from an accredited university. GRE or GMAT scores OR a narrative describing two years of professional work experience (individuals with 2+ years of work experience can ask to have the testing requirement waived).


West Virginia University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. West Virginia University’s Professional Education Preparation Unit is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). This Unit includes undergraduate and graduate preparation programs for licensure of teachers and those in educational support areas. This includes programs not only in College of Education and Human Services but also several outside the College (Agriculture, Art, Health, Music and Physical Education).



Courses Required


Total Credit Hours

Course Formats

  • Online Courses

Estimated Tuition and Fees

The Master of Arts in Instructional Design and Technology requires 30 credit hours to complete. Cost per credit hour is $628.

Residents and Non-Residents
Estimated Tuition Based on Credit Hours
Credit Hours Cost
1 $628
3 $1,884
6 $3,768
9 $5,652

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available. Students are encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to determine their eligibility for federal and state funds as well as scholarships. WVU’s FAFSA Code is 003827.

Next Start Date: January 13, 2020    Apply Now


What can you do with a Master of Arts in Instructional Design and Technology?

Students who graduate from WVU Online with the Instructional Design and Technology M.A. degree may be prepared for the following careers. These are only a few examples of some of the many opportunities that will be open to you with this degree. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for some positions.

Information about careers on this list comes from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

Instructional Designer and Technologist

Projected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook

Instructional Coordinator

Projected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook

Training and Development Specialist

Projected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook

Information Technology Project Manager

Projected Growth: 5-9%

Education Professor

Projected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook

Secondary School Teacher

Projected Growth: 5-9%

Education Administrator – Postsecondary

Projected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook

Education Administrator – Elementary and Secondary

Projected Growth: 5-9%

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