MPS Instructional Design

About the Master in Instructional Design at Loyola

The demand for instructional designers has grown with the expansion of online learning in both educational institutions and corporate training programs. As online learning becomes more integrated into education and training approaches, instructional design will continue to be a relevant, exciting, and in-demand career option.

If you are tech savvy, creative, and interested in pursuing instructional design jobs, then you will thrive in the Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Instructional Design program at Loyola University Chicago. This fully online and application-oriented degree will help you learn to design effective and innovative learning experiences in a range of settings.

This rewarding and challenging instructional design degree program will help you develop more specialized interests as you grow in your profession. It will give you the opportunity to work with technical specialists and subject matter experts from different disciplines.

Program Structure

Loyola's instructional design master's can be pursued full time or part time. Classes are fully online.

The 30-credit-hour Master in Instructional Design program comprises 10 courses, which are offered in an 8-week session format.

Are you a current Loyola undergrad?

This program is eligible for an Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's degree. Earn a Master’s with only one extra year of study following the completion of your eligible undergraduate degree.


Why Choose Loyola for Your Master in Instructional Design?

Learn from industry experts

Our instructors are industry experts who specialize in online learning, yet also reinforce real-world skills like problem solving, communication, and critical thinking.

Enroll full time and you can complete your master's degree in only a year and a half through accelerated 8-week courses—or finish part time in two and a half years.

You will gain experience and give back to your community through a capstone project that involves creating a learning module for a school, business, or non-profit organization.

Loyola University Chicago's master's degree is different from other instructional design degrees in that we take a hands-on versus research-oriented approach to learning.

When you choose Loyola for your instructional design degree, you will benefit from an accredited college with a 100-year track record of teaching adult learners just like you.

Meet the Faculty

Loyola is proud to have talented and nationally-recognized scholar-teachers as part of our diverse community of exceptional faculty, students and staff. Loyola faculty are known for their commitment to teaching, the dissemination of knowledge through innovative and interdisciplinary scholarly research, and a commitment to social justice and cura personalis, or care for the whole person. Visit the School of Continuing and Professional Studies faculty and staff directory to learn more about the teachers and mentors involved with the MPS Instructional Design program.

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Curriculum and Program Outcomes

While courses for the MPS Instructional Design program may vary from semester to semester, Loyola’s extensive Academic Catalog will always house the official listing of courses, programs of study, academic policies, degree requirements, and specialization or concentration options.

Additionally, this resource will provide MPS Instructional Design learning outcomes, showcasing the commitment to specific skills and growth graduates can expect to achieve following completion of the program.

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Costs, Scholarships, and Aid

Loyola University Chicago is committed to making your return to school a reality. Our Cost & Financial Aid page can help better inform you about the costs and potential funding opportunities through scholarships, loans, and aid for graduate and professional education.

If you are a current Loyola undergraduate or recent alum, you may be eligible for a Returning Rambler discount. Learn more and see if you qualify on our Returning Rambler Scholarship page.

Tuition and Costs

The estimated tuition and fees for the MPS Instructional Design totals $23700.00, or 30 credit hours at a cost of $790.00 per credit hour. Please note that tuition and fees for all of Loyola's academic programs are subject to change.

For more detailed information about tuition and fees, and a breakdown of how these costs are calculated on a yearly basis, please visit Tuition and Fees from the Office of the Bursar.

MPS Instructional Design Scholarships

Scholarship award decisions for all graduate degree-seeking students are made at admission. For selected students, SCPS offers scholarships to cover 20 percent of tuition costs. Additionally, we offer the opportunity for graduate students with a demonstrated high financial need to apply for scholarships after admission.

For detailed information about tuition, costs, and aid, please visit the SCPS Tuition & Financial Aid page.

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Application Process

Application Deadlines

The available start terms and corresponding application deadlines for the MPS Instructional Design are listed below. Please keep in mind that both the application and the required materials must be submitted by the specified deadline.

Fall I: June 30
Funding Deadline: February 15

Application Requirements

Application requirements for the MPS Instructional Design include:

  • Official Transcripts

  • 2.5 Minimum GPA

  • Statement of Purpose

Statement of Purpose Details

Please write a brief statement describing your academic and research interests as well as your professional goals.

Official Documents

Official transcripts are those that are sent directly by the college/university to Loyola University Chicago. Transcripts sent by the student to Loyola are considered unofficial documents, and while they may be utilized for initial review of your application, official transcripts are still required. Official documents should be sent by the institution to

International Applicant Requirements

An official English language proficiency exam is required for international applicants whose native language is not English. If you have non-U.S. educational credentials, you are required to submit an official transcript evaluation. The transcript evaluation cannot be waived.

Please visit our International Applicant Requirements page for specific information regarding the application process for international students.

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