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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. This cohort-based program has curriculum relevant to K-12 and Higher Education learning theory, educational assessment and evaluation, instructional design for corporate training, research methods for scholarly publication, and develops foundational skills in how to better use 21st century learning technologies.

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This program is offered through a hybrid learning model, with 5 weekend sessions over the 16 month full MS program.

This 100% fully online program allows students to complete a full MS program from wherever is most convenient to them.

This 16 unit program allows students to tailor a graduate certificate program around the learning technologies that will be of the most use in their career.



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 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 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, 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.

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

International Partnership with ATM English

ATM English

The MIST Program has entered a partnership with English Teaching Training and Education company ATM English based out of Shanghai, China. This unique partnership allows teachers, educators, and administrators in China to pursue the MIST graduate degree program. These students will visit California State University, Monterey Bay campus to learn more about the US education system and work with domestic MIST students to enrich the overall cohort learning experience. This partnership will allow all of our students a unique opportunity to learn educational, instructional design, and management practices that are used outside of the United States!


Instructional Science & Technology MS

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