Master of Science in Instructional Design
Western Kentucky University

Program Details

The online MS in Instructional Design degree program from Western Kentucky University prepares practitioners to assume leadership roles in public or private organizations. Program graduates are equipped to design and develop instructional elements such as instructional videos, online instructional activities, user manuals for instructors, instruction materials for commercial products, professional development curricula for teachers, multimedia instructional units, training packs for trainers, instruction materials for vocational/technical courses, lesson and unit plans for classroom use, and educational curricula. Graduates also possess the abilty to:

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


  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university with an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or at least a 3.2 GPA in the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework; OR
  • Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution with an overall graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher; OR 
  • GAP score based on the GMAT score of 1050 and analytical writing score of 3.5 or higher; OR
  • Minimum GAP score based on the GRE of 550 with a minimum verbal and quantitative score of 139 each and an analytical writing score of 3.5 or higher
  • Statement explaining the applicant's career goal(s) and purpose(s) for pursuing the master's program in Instructional Design 
  • Current vita
  • At least two letters of recommendation
  • A 3-page paper that indicates the applicant's analytical writing ability

School Accreditation Statement

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges