Master in Instructional Design

The Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Instructional Design, a fully online and application-oriented degree, will prepare students to become generalist instructional designers who are equipped to work in a variety of fields and professional settings, including both education and business environments. The program provides a breadth of foundational knowledge and skills in different areas, rather than a focus on a narrower area of specialization within the field. It will prepare instructional designers to work with technical specialists as well as subject matter experts and allow them to develop more specialized interests as they grow in their profession.

Although equally important to in-person and online learning, the need for instructional designers has increased in response to the growth of online learning within educational institutions and online training programs within the corporate world. We expect the focus on and interest in instructional design will continue as institutions and corporations integrate online learning more fully into their educational and training approaches.

Students completing one or more of the following certificates before starting their MPS program can apply the certificate courses toward their MPS in Instructional Design:


FASTRACK Program benefits

  • Designed for those interested in using the instructional design process and appropriate theoretical approaches to design effective and innovative learning experiences.
  • Earn your degree from an accredited, non-profit college, with a 100-year track record of professional education experience.
  • Accelerated 8-week courses allow you to complete your degree quickly. The program can be taken full-time to be completed within 1.5 years, or part-time to be completed within 2.5 years.
  • Fully Online program—learn with other adult students who, like you, bring experience and knowledge to the classroom.
  • Learn from Loyola professors and industry experts at the top of their fields.


Total Number of Major Courses


Total Number of Major Credit Hours

30 credit hours

Start Terms

Students will start the master’s degree in Fall I (August) of each year.

Transfer Credit Accepted Toward Major

6 credit hours with permission of the program director

Schedule Format for Courses

Courses offered in 8-week sessions in a fully online format with evening synchronous meetings.

Course Locations

Online with synchronous meetings held in the evening.

Application and Admission Requirements

Completed application

Official transcripts from all prior institutions. To be eligible for admission, your transcript must show an earned bachelor's degree or a bachelor’s degree in progress (with an expected graduation to occur before the start of your graduate program).

2.5 GPA or higher and in good standing at all prior institutions. In exceptional cases, applicants whose undergraduate GPA is below 2.5 may be admitted. Each program area gives meaningful consideration to the applicant's graduate GPA, recommendations, professional experience and reasons for pursuing a graduate program.

1 letter of recommendation (up to 2 letters accepted). If you supply your recommender's email address as part of your completed online application form, then your recommendation letters will be submitted directly through the online application system. Recommenders may be academic or professional in nature.

Personal statement

Language Test Requirement


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