Instructional Design & Development Concentration

Why earn an M.S. in Instructional Technology?

The master's degree program in instructional technology is an applied professional program that helps to educate leaders. The program is open to professionals who are seeking to improve their skills and knowledge in technology integration. Students in Instructional Design and Development develop competencies in instructional design and related media. The track is ideal for students who wish to design training or instruction in business, industry, government or the military.

Each student in the program produces a culminating project to demonstrate professional competencies in instructional technology. These culminating projects may be in the form of action research, a curriculum or unit design, an electronic portfolio or a professional-level internship.


Many courses offer at least one online project or activity, and some courses meet only once or twice on campus while all other activities take place online. Classes usually start after 4 p.m. to accommodate working professionals. 

Job Market

In reference to the Occupational Outlook Handbook from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the expected job growth rate for training and development specialists is 7 percent from 2014-2024. With an up and coming job market, Towson University’s program can prepare you with the skills, education, and experience you need to succeed. Many of Towson’s former students are working at well-known companies and organizations such as Johns Hopkins University, University of Phoenix, Catalyte, T. Rowe Price, and Howard County Community College. In addition to this, some program graduates now have careers as independent freelancers, independent contractors, and instructional designers in the military and the police department.