The online Master’s in eLearning and Instructional Design prepares graduates to excel in the diverse and ever expanding field of e-learning and design and to emerge as skilled leaders in their field.
Today’s learning landscape relies increasingly upon the Internet in support of blended, online, and mobile learning. The Master’s in eLearning and Instructional Design is a versatile degree that opens a world of professional opportunity in our media rich, digital, networked world. Your coursework prepares you to shape the future of any learning-driven organization, including corporations, non-profits, higher education institutions, K-12 schools, and government agencies.
Program participants are career professionals whose organizational role involves education. Their workplace settings are wide-ranging: universities, not-for-profits, schools, and even multi-national corporations. Their job titles are diverse as well: educator, trainer, professor, human resource expert, technology coordinator, online learning manager, instructional designer, librarian, and consultant just to name a few. Your program colleagues are diverse, but they share a passion for improving and transforming learning in our technology-rich, Internet-connected society.
Our faculty members are nationally recognized award-winning experts known for their excellence as teachers and designers. They focus on helping you develop the knowledge and skills you need to progress your career. Many alumni tell us that they draw from the tools and methods they learned from Northeastern’s rigorous curriculum on a daily basis, including the hands-on experience they gain during their coursework. Our program is designed for professionals—educators, higher education staff, counselors, corporate trainers, and HR managers—who seek to increase or improve the use of eLearning in their work, and to advance their workplace leadership in this realm. You are a good fit if …
- You work in an educational and/or training support capacity in higher education, non-profits, lifelong learning, or a corporate setting
- You are a classroom educator within K12 or higher education seeking to increase your ability to design, teach, or manage the development of online and mobile learning
- You want to discover new ways to engage with employees and constituents online
- You work for a non-profit or governmental organization that is interested in expanding its involvement in online and mobile learning
- You want to transition into a career that involves eLearning
- You want to become an expert in next-generation online and mobile learning
- Offers hands-on experience in designing innovative eLearning environments, strategic development, and project creation
- Students create an ePortfolio; past program graduates have used their ePortfolios for promotions, job interviews, and doctoral degree applications
- Benefit from experiential learning to develop and implement numerous workplace-based eLearning design projects
- Online program provides flexibility and interactive experience for working professionals
- The Experiential Network (XN) allows students to virtually work on short-term, real-world projects that complement their academic work.
- Investigate the many settings where learning design takes place considering the interplay between context and design
- Respond innovatively to the opportunities and challenges that are revolutionizing all sectors of education
- Design and facilitate learning experiences that draw creatively upon the latest research in the science and art of eLearning
- Develop dynamic environments that engage learners in interaction with images, words, videos, and animations
- Put learning principles and high-impact practices into action within online and mobile learning scenarios
- Forge constructive professional working relationships in a range of professional contexts while responding to the nuances of organizational culture, project demands, and allocated resources
- Advance involvement with professional communities, expanding participation and visibility in the field of eLearning design
- Develop an online, media-rich portfolio of work that demonstrates professional vision, thoughtfulness, and excellence
The role of eLearning is expanding exponentially in the education, non-profit, and corporate sectors. Your degree is versatile and opens up a world of opportunity in learning-driven organizations. The number of students taking at least one online course has now surpassed 7.1 million and represents 33% of all higher education students. You create an online, media-rich portfolio of work that demonstrates your professional vision, thoughtfulness, and excellence. This helps position you as a sought-after eLearning designer who is part of the next generation of leaders in the field.
Gail Matthews-DeNatale, Associate Professor
- Online application
- Statement of purpose (500–1000 words): identifies your educational goals and expectations of the program; please be aware that the University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to your statement of purpose
- Professional resume
- Unofficial undergraduate transcripts (Official transcripts required at the time of admission)
- Two letters of recommendation: from individuals who have either academic or professional knowledge of your capabilities such as a faculty member, colleague, or mentor, preferably one from your current employer
- English Language Proficiency Proof: students for whom English is not their primary language must submit one of the following:
- Official associate or bachelor's degree transcript from an accredited college or university in the U.S, stating degree conferral and date
- TOEFL, IELTS, or NU Global Exam scores
Our admissions process operates on a rolling basis, however we do recommend following the application guidelines below to ensure you can begin during your desired start term.
Concentration in eLearning and Instructional Design
To be taken last:
Complete three of the following (12 quarter hours):
NOTE: EDU 6329 (Connecting Theory and Practice) should be taken at least 2 terms prior to EDU 6225 (Capstone) to allow time for implementing a workplace-based experiential project that you will design as the signature assignment for this course.
Northeastern's signature experiential learning model combines academics with professional practice to help students acquire relevant, real-world skills they can apply to their desired industry. Each program offers its own unique experiential learning opportunities, but they might include:
- Experiential Learning at Work — Working professionals collaborate with their employer to develop a project that addresses a key business need their company has in an area they want familiarity with.
- Experiential Network (XN) — Students work virtually with a sponsoring organization on a short-term project over a six-week period.
- Full-Time Co-op Opportunities — Students on co-op work in a paid position in their field of study for three to six months.
Our faculty represents a wide cross-section of professional practices and in fields ranging from finance to education to biomedical science to management to the U.S. military. They serve as mentors and advisors, and collaborate alongside students to solve the most pressing global challenges facing established and emerging markets.
By enrolling in Northeastern, you gain access to a network of more than 245,000 alumni and 3,200+ employer partners, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and global NGOs. Our current students and faculty across strategically located regional campuses further foster that lifelong global community of learning and mentoring.
Below is a look at where our Education & Learning alumni work, the positions they hold, and the skills they bring to their organization.
Where They Work
- Boston Public Schools
- Chicago Public Schools
- NYC Department of Education
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Tufts University
What They Do
- Community and Social Services
- Business Development
- Human Services
What They're Skilled At
- Public Speaking
- Curriculum Development
Learn more about Northeastern Alumni on Linkedin.