FAQ: MS in Instructional Design and Learning Analytics

How is this online program different from others?
Unlike many competitive programs focused on traditional learning technologies, American University’s online MS in Instructional Design and Learning Analytics links industry knowledge, new technologies, and leadership skills to equip graduates to meet the challenges and opportunities of a rapidly evolving and complex field.

What are the academic admission requirements for the MS in Instructional Design and Learning Analytics?
You must have a bachelor’s degree.

Do I need experience in instructional design to participate?
No prior instructional design experience is required; however, this program is geared toward those with prior professional experience.

How long will it take to complete the program?
The program can be completed in 20 months by students taking two courses per semester.

Do you require submission of test scores?
No. We do not require a submission of GRE test scores.

Can I transfer credit for previous graduate work?
AU will accept up to six hours of graduate work from another institution that applies directly to the degree. Transfer credits form another institution must be approved by the admissions team.

What documents are required when applying?
The required application documents include:

  • A completed application
  • Phone interview with admissions advisor
  • Résumé
  • Statement of purpose
  • Two letters of recommendation, which may be from former professors as well as current or former employers
  • Transcripts from previous undergraduate and relevant graduate coursework (If a degree was earned outside the U.S., a course-by-course evaluated transcript is required.)

When is the deadline for application?
Application deadlines change according to the semester you wish to start. Please contact our online admissions advisers for the specific deadline of your completed application documents.

Is financial aid available?
Graduate students enrolled at least part-time in a Master's program at American University may be eligible for federal loans. To apply, students must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Is this program offered on campus?
No. This is an exclusive program being offered online.

Is there a certificate option?
Yes. The online Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design and Learning Analytics focuses on informed decision-making through human resource analytics and technologies If you decide to pursue the online MS in Instructional Design and Learning Analytics at a later date, you can use these 12 credits toward the full degree.

Will I be able to take advantage of the same resources as on-campus students do?
Yes, online students are encouraged to obtain a Student ID and take advantage of all of the same resources as our on-campus students.

To learn more about American University’s online MS in Instructional Design and Learning Analytics program, call 855.725.7614 to speak with an admissions adviser or request more information.