College of Science

Instructional Science and Technology M.S.

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.

Fall 2022 applications will open October 1st! Both the MIST Blended and Online Programs are still being offered during the pandemic. An Application Guide is posted on YouTube to help guide you through the application process!

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Blended

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

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Fully Online

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

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Graduate Certificate Program

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.

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.

Why MIST?

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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.

 

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.

  • October 7th
  • November 4th
  • December 2nd
  • January 6th
  • February 3rd
  • March 3rd
  • April 7th
  • May 5th

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