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Master of Science in Instructional Design & Technology

Become an expert in the growing field of digital learning. 

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Program Overview

With the digital age expanding more than ever, many companies across a variety of disciplines are looking for experts with the skills to take their digital learning platforms to the next level. SNU's Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology prepares scholarly practitioners to serve in leadership roles within the field to improve learning and performance within whatever environment is thrown their way.  

Research conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, based on 2019 data, suggests that approximately 11,400 new jobs in the instructional design field will be created by 2029. This program emphasizes foundational theories and practices, instructional design and human performance processes, project management, leadership, ethics and legal implications, and the evaluation and integration of technologies. Apply today using our fast application. It only takes five minutes!

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How it Works

Earning a degree while working full time or raising a family has never been more possible. Here’s why adult students are thriving and reaching their goals at SNU:

  • Classes take place entirely online.
  • Students focus on one class at a time to ensure true mastery and prevent overwhelm.
  • Students study alongside other adults in similar stages of life.
  • Instructors with vast amounts of industry experience guide students through courses.
  • Textbooks are delivered directly to your door at the beginning of each class.
  • A dedicated student success advisor guides students through the duration of your studies.


This 30 credit hour graduate program will prepare you to be a leader in the world of instructional design. Students in this program take one class at a time so they can master one subject before moving onto the next. 


Credit hours: 3

This course introduces students to foundational instructional design theories, systematic instructional design processes, and the practice of instructional design techniques in a variety of settings for a diverse audience of learners.

(This course is the prerequisite for the remaining courses in the program.)


Credit hours: 3 This course introduces students to the emerging field of human performance improvement, providing an overview of the systematic process of human performance technology to identify performance issues and opportunities for growth; conduct appropriate analyses; select, design, and implement interventions; and evaluate outcomes for desired impacts.


Credit hours: 3 This course introduces students to laws and ethics related to course and content ownership, privacy, intellectual property, and social responsibility. Through the lens of a Christian worldview, students will examine attitudes, assumptions, and values related to instructional design, and develop a foundation for application of ethical and legal standards in all learning and performance interventions and solutions.


Credit hours: 3 This course provides an in-depth exploration of new and emerging technologies and their uses for learning, collaboration, and networking within the learning environment. The course provides opportunities for students to evaluate the usefulness and applicability of tools as well as methods for integrating the tools into learning and performance solutions.


Credit hours: 3 This course provides an overview of the current trends, research, and opportunities for innovation within the field of instructional design. Consideration will be given to current topics emerging within peer reviewed research and to those being discussed within various reputable instructional design communities.


Credit hours: 3 This course is designed to provide students with a working knowledge of leadership principles and project management skills. Students will examine and practice effective techniques for leading and collaborating with various groups within the scope of instructional design and human performance technology projects. Students will also explore various strategies for determining project scope and sequence related to their role as an instructional designer.


Credit hours: 3 This course offers students an examination of the fundamental principles and practices used to evaluate and assess the effectiveness of learning design interventions. Students will explore evaluation models and theories, as well as analyze tools and methods for assessing learning outcomes and evaluating instructional effectiveness. Students will practice designing new assessment and evaluation tools and making recommendations for improvement of future iterations.


Credit hours: 3 This course presents an overview of effective principles and practices design and develop online instruction. The course provides access to a Learning Management System (LMS) for the design, development, delivery, and evaluation of reusable learning content.


Credit hours: 3 This course provides an opportunity for students to apply knowledge and skills gained throughout the program. Students will work in groups to evaluate a case study, determine project scope and sequence, employ appropriate analyses, develop appropriate interventions, and design sample prototypes, evaluations, and assessments.


Credit hours: 3

This course is a client-based project and serves as the culmination and integration of the learning from all IDT courses. Students will integrate learning as a scholar practitioner in instructional design and human performance technology through an authentic work experience, either external or internal to the University. Sites and projects will be selected and approved in cooperation with the IDT Academic Program Director.

(Prerequisite: Completion of major courses.)

Upcoming Start Dates


Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Meet our SNU Faculty

Scott Marsee, Ph.D.

Program Director

Dr. Marsee joined the SNU faculty in 2019. He currently serves as the Associate Vice President for the Center for Learning and Innovation. In this role he strategically leads the CLI as the department provides instructional design support and delivery of quality online and face-to-face learning. Dr. Marsee also serves as a Professor and Director of the MS in IDT program. Prior to coming to SNU he served in various capacities in higher education including Academic Dean, Program Director, and Director of Online Education.

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Dr. Marsee and his wife live in Ohio. They have two adult children and one grandchild. He is also an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene and has led church ministries in Ohio and Michigan. He continues to be involved in local church and prison ministry.


B.A., 1996, Asbury University

M.A., 1998, Asbury Theological Seminary

Ph.D., 2016, Capella University

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Lynn Lease, Ph.D.

Instructional Design & Technology

Professor Lease joined the SNU faculty in 2021. She currently serves SNU as an Associate Professor and Director of Faculty Enrichment. Within the SNU Center for Learning and Innovation, Dr. Lease supports course development and faculty enrichment programming for both the College of Professional and Graduate Studies and the College of Undergraduate Studies.

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Dr. Lease and her family live in Venice, Florida. They can often be found enjoying church activities with Venice Church of the Nazarene, exploring the area beaches, and participating in local outdoor activities.


B.S., 1994, Ball State University

M.A., 1996, Ball State University

Ph.D., 2016, Capella University. 

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Admission Steps 

Enrolling at SNU is a simple process. With rolling start dates, there’s no need to wait months at a time to begin your educational journey. Plus, our generous transfer policy and prior learning assessment can shorten your path to graduation. Once you are ready, take the following steps:

Step 1. Apply online at

Step 2. Complete your FAFSA at using school code 003149

Step 3. Send official transcripts from any colleges you have attended to SNU at
or ATTN: SNU PGS Admissions, Southern Nazarene University, 6729 NW 39th Expressway, Bethany, OK 73008.

You will be contacted regarding any supporting materials we may need. Upon acceptance, your student success advisor will help you enroll and prepare for success as an adult student at SNU.



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