97% of our students work in a related field within three months of graduation.
Our online graduate program was ranked sixth in the nation by the 2021 U.S. News and World Report. Our students become leaders, known for their ability to adapt, grow and guide others.
Full Time or Part Time
We love our working students! They bring depth to classroom discussions with real work experiences. We’ll help you figure out the details with your employer and schedule.
On-Campus or Online
Master's students can study online to help accommodate full or part time jobs. Online students benefit from our close-knit community, even while abroad.
The ITLS graduate orientation is held on the USU Logan campus each fall. All incoming graduate students at both the master's and doctoral level are required to attend. We offer two sections of orientation. Students are required to attend only one of the sections.
|Programs||Application Deadlines||Start Semester|
|Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)||December 15, 2023||Fall|
|Master’s Programs (MEd, MA, MS)||April 1, 2024*; Any time for remaining openings||Fall|
|Master’s Programs (MEd, MA, MS)||October 15, 2023*; Any time for remaining openings||Spring|
|Master’s Programs (MEd, MA, MS)||Apply Any Time!*||Summer|
|Education Specialist (EdS)||Apply Any Time!||Any|
|Human Experience Design and Interaction (BS)||Apply any time!||Fall|
|Multimedia Development Minor||Apply any time!||Fall|
|School Library Media Administration (SLMA) Certificate||Apply any time!**||Fall|
*We give full consideration to Master’s students who apply by the Fall and Spring deadlines above and then hold remaining openings until they are filled. Students can start our program (including taking our 1 credit orientation class) year round.
**If you want to pursue the School Library Media Administration certificate, you may apply as a non-matriculated student. Contact Kelli Munns at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Careers in Learning Design
Corporate, Tech Sector, and Government
Whitney: Instructional/Learning Designer at Intuit
Despite her writing degree, Whitney feared she wouldn’t easily find a job outside of marketing. She wanted further training where she could also create a top-notch portfolio. Her interest in teaching, design, and creative problem solving made ITLS a logical choice.
Corporate, Tech Sector, and Government
Aprel: Director of Instructional Design at American Heritage Worldwide
During her graduate program, Aprel had won the Best Presentation award at the 2019 Association for Educational Communications and TechnologyDesign and Development Competition with her microlearning app Knowing NATO. Now she is working to constantly improve the homeschool and online programs at American Heritage Worldwide.
Brooke: Assessment Librarian at Oregon State University; PhD in ITLS
As a peace activist, Brooke knew she needed to find a stable yet meaningful job. She wanted to use Instructional Technology tools to make the world a better place. At USU, she developed a deep love of statistics and data, which she now uses to further her own academic interests, as well as those of graduate students and other members of the Oregon State community.
Schools and Universities
Matt: Instructor at Bridgerland Technical College & AM STEM Coordinator
Matt was in charge of developing a hands-on STEM curriculum delivered daily to high school students across northern Utah. He wanted a deeper understanding of the learning process, so that he could feel confident he was making research-backed decisions. But as a father of four with a full-time job, commuting to campus was out of the question. Matt completed our online ITLS program, while applying his course projects to his curriculum development work.
Museums, Libraries, and Community Sites
Stephanie: STEAM educator at Hands-On Museum (The Leonardo Museum, Salt Lake City)
Stephanie always wanted to be a teacher—just not in a traditional classroom. She didn’t know how else she could teach. She studied Instructional Design within the ITLS program, while enjoying the freedom to tailor her electives. Through her role as a research assistant at the nature center, she discovered she loved Informal Education.