College of Science

School of Computing and Design

A unique online or hybrid Instructional Design program

The MIST Program is an interdisciplinary MS and/or certificate program that combines the fields of instructional design, education technology, and corporate training focused on enhancing learning in any teaching or training environment. 

The MIST program will open for Spring 2025 applications on August 1st! Please contact to inquiry about early start options.

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Master's Program

This program is offered through a hybrid or fully online learning model over 16 months.

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Graduate Certificate Program

This 16-unit program can be completed in two semesters and focuses on the integration of technologies in instruction.

CSUMB and the MIST program were recently rated as one of the best options for obtaining a degree online in California.

MIST responds to the increasing demand for professionals who understand learning theory, instructional design and technology, interactive media design and development, as well as assessment and research. Whether a corporate trainer, classroom educator or a person developing coursework for those professionals, the MIST program creates rich learning experiences to empower professionals to make a difference for those they serve.



Our 16 month program emphasizes the use of technology to create effective and aesthetic web design, develops strong teaching skills, helps one to improve instructional coursework and training programs, and leads to the development of effective video production skills and programming-based design. As such, our students have done well in both private industry, public and private education, and many have gone on to doctoral programs as well.

We have had students go on or advance in their current careers as teachers, web designers, higher education professionals, corporate trainers, and multimedia specialists, which includes working at companies such as AutoDesk, Apple, National Geographic, McGraw-Hill, the Monterey County Office of Education, multiple CSU campuses, and within a myriad of other private and public sectors across the state and country. These opportunities are created through a robust instructional design internship experience tied into the program, which is required for graduation.

CSUMB and the MIST program are accredited by WASC and hold other state authorizations.

MIST Online Information Sessions

Interested in learning more about the program? MIST faculty and staff are hosting information sessions through Zoom videoconferencing on the following dates:

*All of our information sessions run from 5:30-6:30pm PST.

Spring 2025 Cohort Information Sessions:

  • July 11th, 2024
  • August 15th, 2024
  • September 12th, 2024
  • October 10th, 2024

If you are interested in early-start options, please email to explore possible curricular pathways.

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Upcoming AI for Teaching & Learning Course!

Interested in learning more about how generative AI can be utilized in education, training, and instructional design settings?

This June, the MIST Program will offer a 2 unit graduate elective course that offers 8 weeks of instruction on how to effectively utilize and identify AI in a variety of learning contexts and modalities.

The course is open to both MIST students and local community members through Open University!

Learn more here: