Program Description

The Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) program provides professionals with the knowledge and skills to design effective and innovative learning solutions to instructional and performance problems. About 12 credits (four courses) are offered either totally face-to-face or a blend of face-to-face and online meetings; the remaining credit hours are offered totally online. Face-to-face classes are scheduled in the evenings to accommodate working professionals.

What it costs

The cost for this program is $707.00 per credit hour for VA state residents, $907.00 per credit hour for Non-VA residents, and $609.20 per credit hour for VA state residents who are eligible and apply for the 15% PreK-12 VA Educators Discount. See the Cost tab below for a breakdown of tuition and fees. All of Mason’s tuition rates and fees can be found on our Student Accounts site.

Application Deadline

For application information and deadlines, see the Admissions site.

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Program Summary

70 Percent Online

Program: Curriculum and Instruction

Concentration: Instructional Design and Technology

Degree: MEd

College/School: College of Education and Human Development

Credits: 30 total

Who should apply?

Program participants are current and aspiring learning professionals seeking the knowledge and skills to design effective and innovative learning solutions to instructional and performance problems.

Why choose George Mason?

  • This innovative, practitioner-oriented program prepares learning professionals for careers in the digital learning technology space.
  • Content is grounded in the industry-based competencies defined by the International Board of Standards for Training, Performance and Instruction.
  • The program is a two-time winner of the Learning! 100 Award honoring organizations that embrace collaboration, innovation, and high performance.
  • Faculty combine academic expertise with real world experience, bridging theory and practice to deliver impactful learning experiences.
  • Multiple delivery formats accommodate the needs of working professionals.

Program requirements are subject to change; please refer to the Mason Course Catalog for the most up-to-date requirements.

Requirements: 30 credits total

  • 23 credits core courses
  • 7 credits elective courses

At least 70% of the courses in this program can be completed online. Most online courses are delivered asynchronously and offerings vary by semester.

See the recommended course sequence and contact your academic advisor to ensure that your course plan reflects the appropriate prerequisites and sequence.

Core Courses

  • EDIT 704 Instructional Technology Foundations and Theories of Learning | 3 credit hours 
  • EDIT 705 Instructional Design | 3 credit hours (Face-to-face in Fall, Online in Spring, Summer)
  • EDIT 706 Business of Learning Design and Technologies | 3 credit hours
  • EDIT 730 Advanced Instructional Design | 3 credit hours (Hybrid only)
  • EDIT 732 Analysis & Design of Technology-Based Learning Environments | 3 credit hours (Hybrid only)
  • EDIT 752 Design and Implementation of Technology-Based Learning Environments | 3 credit hours (Hybrid only)
  • EDIT 590 Educational Research in Technology | 3 credit hours
  • EDIT 601 Instructional Design and Development (IDD) Portfolio | 1 credit hour
  • EDIT 701 Advanced Instructional Design and Development (IDD) Portfolio | 1 credit hour

Elective Courses

Choose seven credits from the following:

  • EDIT 526 Web Accessibility and Design | 1-3 credit hours
  • EDIT 530 Scripting and Programming | 2 credit hours
  • EDIT 571 Visual Design and Applications | 1-3 credit hours
  • EDIT 572 Digital Audio/Video Design and Applications | 1-3 credit hours
  • EDIT 573 Project Management | 1-3 credit hours
  • EDIT 574 Social Media and Digital Collaboration Applications | 1-3 credit hours
  • EDIT 575 e-Learning Design Applications | 1-3 credit hours
  • EDIT 576 Mobile Learning and Applications | 1-3 credit hours
  • EDIT 710 Online Teaching Essentials | 1 credit hour
  • EDIT 771 Overview of Digital Media | 1-3 credit hours
  • EDIT 772 Virtual Worlds, Augmented Reality, and Gaming Applications | 1-3 credit hours

Tuition (2019-2020)

Virginia Resident$506.00
Non-Virginia Resident$852.00
VA Resident and Prek-12 VA Educator
enrolled in a CEHD graduate program*
Distance Learning Fee$35.00
Mandatory Student fee (applicable only to Virginia residents)$146.00
CEHD Course Fee$20.00
Total Cost for Virginia Residents per Credit$707.00
Total Cost for Non-Virginia Residents per Credit$907.00
Total cost for VA Resident and Prek-12 VA Educator
enrolled in a CEHD graduate program*
Graduate New Student Fee$60 (non-refundable, one-time fee)

Please Note:  Please refer to the Students Accounts Office website for more information on tuition and fees. Internship courses will incur a higher CEHD course fee to fund on-site assistance involving intensive clinical training/supervision.

*VA state residents who are eligible must apply for the 15% PreK-12 VA Educators Discount in order to take advantage of the lower tuition. Discount applies to tuition and mandatory student fees only.

Financial Aid

For information on loans and scholarships, visit the Office of Student Financial Aid. For information regarding grants, tuition waivers and other merit aid, please inquire with your graduate department. Also, many school districts offer tuition reimbursement options. Speak to your employer for more information.

Career Descriptions

Graduates from this program have been offered positions at organizations such as Battelle, Bixal, Booz Allen Hamilton, CACI International, ManTech International Corporation, Management Concepts, McKinley Group, National Geographic Society, SAIC, Smithsonian Institution, and more.

Program graduates are prepared for a variety of positions including:

  • Instructional Designer/Developer or Instructional Technologist
  • Instructional Systems Designer
  • e-Learning Developer
  • Learning Strategy Consultant or Learning and Performance Strategist
  • Curriculum Designer
  • UX (User Experience) Designer
  • Social Learning or Mobile Learning Designer
  • Educational or Curriculum Software Consultant
  • Training Specialist or Corporate Trainer
  • Learning Architect or Learning Technology Specialist
  • Learning Performance or Learning Strategy Consultant
  • Leadership positions such as Director/Associate Director, Manager/Senior Analyst, Project Manager, and Program Manager

All Mason students have access to career guidance and resources through University Career Services.

Further Studies

Students completing the Instructional Design and Technology MEd program may concurrently enroll in the fully online e-Learning Graduate Certificate.

Those with a Masters degree in a related field may apply for Mason’s face-to-face PhD Concentration in Learning Technologies Design Research (LTDR).

Program ContactShahron Williams van Rooij
Academic Program Coordinator
Phone: (703) 993-9704
Academic Program OfficeInstructional Design and Technology
Graduate School of Education
Phone: (703) 993-3798
Fax: (703) 993-2722
Program Website
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All applicants should review the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) Admissions page. For international applicants, see guidelines for International Graduate Requirements.


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of study (some applicants with a lower GPA may be admitted provisionally if there is sufficient evidence of potential success)

Application Materials

  • Graduate application
  • Application fee
  • Goals statement (750-1000 words) that addresses reasons for choosing Instructional Design and Technology as your academic program (include interest in the field of study, academic and work experiences, and career objectives)
  • Two sealed official transcripts from all colleges and/or universities attended (applicants do not need to send transcripts for courses taken at George Mason University)
  • Two letters of recommendation from professional references targeting instructional technology and academic abilities
  • Current resume

If you have any questions during the application process, please contact the CEHD Admissions Office at or (703) 993-2010.