This program is designed for individuals who want to develop their instructional design and technology knowledge. Graduates of the master’s program in Instructional Systems Design will gain skills that allow them to work in an instructional capacity in a variety of educational and training settings.

Students may select the thesis or non-thesis option.

Degree Options
  1. Plan A is a 30 semester hour program with a thesis requirement.
  2. Plan B is a 36 semester hour program without a thesis requirement.

Specific programs are planned with a faculty advisor and subject to the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies. Students in the Instructional Systems Design Program are required to complete 18 hours of core course work, 6-12 electoral credit hours, and  at least six credit hours of coursework outside the College of Education.

Why You Should Enroll

Instructional Systems Design students come from many fields. Our graduates have worked and currently work in corporate settings such as Humana, Big Ass Solutions, Tier 1 Consulting, and school districts as technology coordinators, leaders, and curriculum integration specialists.

Program Details

Delivery Method: Online

Credit Hours:

Time to Completion:

Tuition Cost: Refer to Full-time per Credit Hour Rates for Graduate Students on the UK Tuition and Mandatory Fees page.

Curriculum Guide

The Master’s in Instructional Systems Design coursework consists of 18 hours of foundational required courses in ISD, including a basic research course, 12 hours of ISD or Specialty electives (e.g. Distance Learning Certificate) and 6 hours of electives outside the college, for a total of 36 credit hours.

Master’s students may also elect to complete the graduate degree with a thesis option. The student will work with a thesis advisor faculty member to allot 6 credit hours from the ISD Specialty group for the thesis work.

All coursework is available as an online degree.



Feel free to contact us with any questions you might have regarding this program. We can’t wait to hear from you!


photo of Dr. Gerry Swan
Associate Professor, Assistant Dean
(859) 257-2340
photo of Kun Huang
Associate Professor
(859) 257-4661

Tuition and Fees

For information regarding current program cost please refer to the UK Tuition and Fees page.

Refund Policies

You can find tuition refund policies, deadlines, amounts, and other important information on the UK Student Account Services website.

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