College of Science

School of Computing and Design

About MIST

The MS in Instructional Science and Technology (MIST) is an interdisciplinary program that integrates information technology, instructional design, and education technology. This 36 credit, cohort-based program incorporates substantial distributed learning to help students acquire knowledge of the following: Learning Theories, Instructional Design, Instructional Technology, Assessment and Research Methods , and Interactive Multimedia.


Master's Program

The Master's Program welcomes a new cohort each semester (spring and fall). This program is offered through a fully online or a hybrid modality and is a stateside program, as such, the tuition structure follows the CSU tuition and fee schedule. This program is aimed at teachers, trainers, instructional designers or anyone interested in creating educational or training materials.

For the hybrid modality five weekend face-to-face seminars in total are required at CSU Monterey Bay during the 16-months of study.

For more information contact Ryan Eller at (831) 582-4790 or

  • Coursework online, plus 5 weekend seminars either on campus or online
  • 16 month program
  • 2-4 courses per 16 weeks
  • 4 semesters (including summer)
  • 11 courses total
  • 25 students per cohort
  • Cohort-based program
  • Cohorts start in January & August
  • Standard CSU graduate tuition and fees, dependent on CA residency
  • Around $14k total for in-state tuition, $26k total for out-of-state
  • Financial-aid is available
  • *Qualifies for the Western Regional Graduate Program tuition rate for non-CA residents.

Graduate Certificate Program

The graduate certificate program is for professionals working in all levels of education, private industry, or governmental institutions, who wish to improve their knowledge and skills in designing effective and efficient instructional programs enhanced by interactive technologies. The certificate will allow students to be able to design, develop, implement, and evaluate instructional programs, implement new teaching and learning technologies, and develop practical web-based design and project management skills.

The program takes two semesters to complete and all units completed can be transferred into the full master's program.