Samford’s Online Master of Science in Education (M.S.E.) in Instructional Design and Technology is a 30-credit hour program designed for students interested in leading the process by which curriculum and training is developed, implemented and evaluated, with a special focus on delivering coursework and training in blended and online formats within the fields of education, business, government and health care.

Students engage in interactive classes, connect and network with fellow classmates and faculty, and have access to dedicated student support through a completely online format. The online student experience allows students to graduate with a deeper understanding of technology, instructional design principles and instructional materials no matter where they are located.

Our mission is to help you acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to lead the design, development, implementation and evaluation of instructional materials and training in a variety of workplace environments.

Objectives and Curriculum

The curriculum balances instructional design, technology and the psychology of learning. The focus is on the practice of online instructional design, including designing effective instruction, best methods of online delivery, learning software tools and project management.

Graduates of the Instructional Design and Technology program will master the following concepts:

  • Integration of technology into instructional systems and curricula
  • Foundations of instructional design
  • Computer applications
  • Assessment
  • Distance education
  • Design and production of instructional materials, multimedia instruction and web-based instruction.

The curriculum requirement for the program is 30 credit hours. Students must have a 3.00 or higher cumulative GPA at Orlean Beeson School of Education to graduate. Please view our full list of completion requirements.

For more information about the graduate courses and electives offered at Orlean Beeson School of Education, please visit the Orlean Beeson School of Education section of the Samford University Catalog.



Application Deadlines

Fall (August start date): July 15

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Instructional Design and Technology program you must:

  • Possess a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution

For an application to be considered complete, we must receive all of the following:

  • Online application for admission: Please be sure to list your personal e-mail address on the application.
  • $35 Application Fee: This non-refundable fee is payable by credit card and is waived for Samford alumni, and current Samford students, faculty or staff.
  • Official Transcript(s) from all higher education institutions attended: Transcripts are considered official only when they bear the issuing institution’s seal and arrive with the seal intact. Transcripts can be sent electronically to or by mail.
  • Letter of recommendation: one letter of recommendation uploaded to online application.

To check the status of application items, you may login to your application account and view the list of application items received.

Apply Now

Is This Program for Me?

This program will help you enhance your skills and your career while gaining a new outlook. You will learn the foundations of instructional design, computer applications and distance education allowing you to make a positive influence in the fields of education, business, government and health care. Additionally, you will learn to communicate effectively with graphic designers, HTML experts and course writers as you master the concepts of the integration of technology into instructional systems and curriculum. Join this program and be pushed to your greatest potential.

Career Opportunities

  • Computer-mediated Instructional Specialist
  • Coordinator of e-Learning
  • Corporate Trainer
  • Education or Development Specialist
  • Instructional Design Specialist
  • Instructional Technologist
  • Online Course Developer

Tuition, Scholarships and Financial Aid


Tuition for in-state and out-of-state students is $813 per credit hour. Tuition may be paid online or at the Bursar’s Office and it must be paid by the first day of each semester/term. Policies and methods for tuition and fee payment can be found in the Samford University catalog and the Financial Services website.

Each individual course is 3 credit hours.  The cost of books will vary each term.  It is best to email the professor of each course (once admitted) for information on books.

The following fees are applicable for the 2017-2018 academic year:

$100 School of Education Fee – applicable each term (fall, Jan term, summer 1, summer 2)

$175 Technology Fee – applicable each fall and spring term


Orlean Beeson School of Education is proud to be able to give every graduate student a scholarship of $750 per course.  Graduate students do not need to apply for this scholarship as it is automatically applied.  The education school will continue providing discounted tuition until coursework is complete. Any additional scholarships are the responsibility of the applicant to secure.

Financial Aid

A financial assistance program administered by the Office of Financial Aid has been established to aid students in attending Samford University.

Education students have the ability to utilize Stafford Loans and Grad PLUS Loans. As an education student, a FAFSA is required to receive either of these loans.

To learn more about financial aid options, please visit the Office of Financial Aid or call 205-726-2905.

Apply Now