MA Instructional Design

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MA Instructional Design

Master the design of online learning for today’s adult learners.

Fairfield University’s Master of Arts in Instructional Design is ideal for both working professionals and recent graduates who want to excel in the field of online learning. Candidates will master the design, development, and implementation of online learning environments for adult learners, while also exploring relevant learning theory. The program also emphasizes the understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion within the context of digital learning. Graduates of the program will develop the expertise to lead within their field of choice including corporate, academic, non-profit, governmental, and medical.

This fully online program provides students with flexible access to course materials to fit any busy schedule.

Completion: 16 – 21 months

Schedule: Full-time | Part-time

Start Dates: Fall (September) | Spring (January) | Summer (May)

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Increase your earning potential by increasing your skills in a growing field.


Graduates of the program will acquire the skills to:

  • Explain and apply the concepts of effective instructional design for adult learners
  • Consider diversity, equity, and inclusion within the context of digital learning
  • Design, develop, implement, and evaluate online instructional design using models
  • Lead and manage large and small instructional design projects from start to finish



  • Understanding the Whole Learner
  • Principles of Instructional Development
  • Designing for Online Instruction
  • Designing and Developing Training Programs
  • Technologies for Building Online Engagement
  • Planning and Managing the Instructional Design Process


  • Select three elective courses in consultation with a faculty advisor.
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Advance your career by earning your master’s in instructional design online.


Evolve your skills to meet the needs of today.

Apply new perspectives and skills on your path to a career in Instructional Design as you grow alongside a diverse group of educators in a collaborative learning environment.

Not ready to commit to a full master's program? Start by earning our 12-credit certificate in instructional design, and seamlessly transition in to the master's in instructional design when you're ready.

Increase your impact as a leader.

Boost your resume and become a leader with a Master’s in Instructional Design. This degree can pave the way for advancement within your field of choice or set you apart from others in a job search. The industry-relevant curriculum and practical training you receive will have you prepared to make an impact for years to come.

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Faculty & Academic Approach

Become an expert in the field and learn from Fairfield faculty thought leaders.

Collaborate with our expert faculty and master the skills you need to launch your career in instructional design with the help and guidance of seasoned professionals.

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Joshua C. Elliott

Joshua C. Elliott

Dr. Elliott is a Google and Apple teacher and ISTE-certified educator who has contributed to several industry publications. He frequently runs professional development workshops on strategies for effective technology integration.

Experience our School of Education and Human Development.

Fairfield University's School of Education and Human Development (SEHD) offers students a variety of nationally accredited graduate programs to satisfy all professional interests in the education field. Our graduate students thrive from the collaborative learning environments, flexible schedules, and enriching field experiences that set the stage for career advancement.

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Ongoing support on the path to your MA in Instructional Design.

The support you will receive at Fairfield University is second to none. From your first conversation with a member of our faculty or staff, to graduation and beyond, you’ll have access to a network of individuals dedicated to your personal and academic success.

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