Master of Arts in Instructional Design

Master the design of online learning to support instruction in multiple fields.

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Why Choose an Online Master of Arts in Instructional Design Degree from Fairfield?  

Your Skills

Apply new perspectives and skills on your path to a career in Instructional Design as you grow alongside a diverse group of educators in a collaborative learning environment.

Increase Your
Impact as a Leader

Pave the way for advancement within your field of choice or set yourself apart from others in a job search. The industry-relevant curriculum and practical training you receive will have you prepared to make an impact for years to come. 

Learn from Industry
Thought Leaders

Collaborate with our expert faculty and master the skills you need to launch your career in instructional design with the help and guidance of seasoned professionals.

a Growing Field

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of instructional coordinators is projected to grow from 2022 to 2032, with over 19,000 jobs projected each year1. Invest in yourself when you join a field with growth and opportunity.

Program Specifics

Fairfield University’s Master of Arts in Instructional Design is a 100% online program consisting of asynchronous courses (no set login times) designed to provide more flexibility to learn on your schedule and at your own pace. The program is ideal for both working professionals and recent graduates who want to excel in the field of online learning. 

Faculty Spotlight

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Josh Elliott, EdD

Dr. Joshua Elliott is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Educational Technology program at Fairfield University. Dr. Elliott has spoken at national and regional conferences, and is a Google Educator, Apple Teacher, and ISTE Certified Educator. He runs frequent professional development workshops structured to provide teachers with strategies for effective technology integration. 

Craig Tunks

Craig Tunks, Director of Tech Integration & Innovation at King School, leads EdTech and IT teams, driving classroom-focused decisions. A Connecticut Education Technology Leaders (CTETL) founding member, he advances statewide tech integration in classrooms, drawing from 25+ years in finance, schools, and municipalities. With a computer science master's and doctorate, Craig teaches IT as an adjunct college professor, fostering NETS, AASL standards, and social networking integration across education.

Christina Anderson

Christina Anderson, Senior Director of Learning Design and Production at Coursera, has been working at the intersection of learning and technology for 20+ years. Christina is passionate about leveraging technology to expand educational opportunity through global access to high-quality learning. With academic grounding in Cognitive Science and a Masters in Learning and Organizational Change, Christina leads teams who design learning science-based online education for adult learners.

Find Your Right Fit

Unsure which degree and career path is right for you?
Explore the difference between Educational Technology and Instructional Design.

Career Outcomes

Earning a Master of Arts in Instructional Design from Fairfield University prepares students to apply new perspectives and skills for today’s adult learners.

Expand your industry expertise and boost your resume with a certificate that can be directly applied toward your master's degree.

Instructional Design Certificate

We offer a 100% online 12-credit hour Certificate in Instructional Design that can be put to use in the workforce and applied toward our Master of Arts in Instructional Design program.

  • Students will learn the fundamentals of instructional design and how to effectively deliver technology-based courses.
  • This program emphasizes fostering effective, technology-driven learning environments that meet the needs of diverse populations. Students also have the opportunity to complete fieldwork that’s tailored to their professional goals.
  • Streamline your path to a degree by applying your certificate credits directly toward a Master of Arts in Instructional Design without repeating any courses.

Fall, Spring, or Summer


Full-Time or Part-Time


8 months


$10,740 ($895 per credit hour) 

Faculty Spotlight

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Mirco Speretta, PhD
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Mirco Speretta, PhD

Degree Courses

Credits – 3

Understanding the Whole Learner: As teaching and learning has moved, over the past half century, from a one-size-fits-all approach to something that is more individualized, instructional design has been compelled to look at individual learners’ needs as well as at their backgrounds and cultural orientations. This course will examine the wide range of considerations that should be employed to successfully teach the Whole Learner, including such topics as inclusive/anti-racist pedagogy; creating equitable learning environments; pedagogy vs. andragogy; building supportive student relationships; Universal Design for Learning; and the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm (Context > Experience > Reflection > Action > Evaluation).

Credits – 3

This course covers the principles and application of systemic design of instruction in multimedia curricula design. Topics include designing, developing, and evaluating instructional materials; selecting media; conducting needs assessment and learner analysis; writing instructional objectives; and assessing learner performance. Candidates analyze, evaluate, and propose potential solutions to selected case studies and conduct a needs assessment. Previously MD 0460.

Credits – 3

This course examines the nature of teaching online, the development of online teaching courses and activities, and the use of integrated media resources in online learning in K-12, higher education, and professional development settings. Previously MD 0470.

Credits – 3

Using modern, mobile-based tools to communicate and develop Multimedia/interactive experiences can turn a passive, go-at-your-own-pace on-line course into a highly engaging community learning experience for students. This course will review a range of current technologies that can be applied to delivering content and interacting with students to create such courses. Tools such as SoftChalk, H5P, Microsoft Sway, Microsoft Teams, Slack, and others will be examined, with students completing a final project using one or more of the tools.

Credits – 3

Designing instruction requires expertise in pedagogy and technology, but just as important are the planning and project management skills that allow the work to happen smoothly and collaboratively. This course will begin with an examination of the methodologies that can be used to structure and develop courses – ADDIE, SAM, etc. – followed by an examination of standard planning techniques such as the use of wireframes and storyboards. This will conclude with the basic principles and practices of Project Management, including the use of collaboration technologies to facilitate communication and the overall development process.

Credits – 3

Candidates develop their individual, group, and consultation skills in this course through placement in an instructional design position, while receiving ongoing individual and group support. Participation requires audio recording at the practicum site for supervision and demonstration of professional competency.

Credits – 3

Designed for prospective training specialists, personnel generalists, school media specialists or line personnel in business and industry, this course focuses on designing and developing training programs for administrative professionals, management employees, and school personnel. Course assignments provide individualization and tailoring of course content to candidate needs and working environments. Crosslisted with PSYC 6545. Previously MD 0545.

Credits – 9

Electives chosen in consultation with advisor.

 Total Credits – 30

1. “Instructional Coordinators: Occupational Outlook Handbook.” U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, October 4, 2022.
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