College of Science

School of Computing and Design


An interdisciplinary program that integrates information technology, instructional design, and learning sciences, 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.

The MIST program has two tracks: MIST Blended and MIST Fully Online. MIST Blended is a state supported degree program that requires students to be on-campus for a weekend at the beginning of each term, and the rest of the instruction will happen online. MIST Fully Online is a self-supported online program through Extended Education that does not require on-campus meeting.

MIST Fully Online courses are offered via CalStateOnline. These courses have a different fee structure and academic calendar. Please contact the School of Computing & Design for details and see Extended-Ed page for more information.

  • Complete all of the following core courses:

    • IST 522
    • IST 524
    • IST 520
    • IST 526
    • IST 622
    • IST 626
    • IST 699

    Complete at least four (4) units from the following courses:

    • IST 530
    • IST 531
    • IST 541
    • IST 595
    • IST 695
    • CST 351
    • CST 352
    • CST 451
  • Instructional Technology & Instructional Design

    Students are introduced to the field and profession of Instructional Science and Technology. Topics include but are not limited to history, current issues, future trends and an overview of how the components of the field fit together. Students investigate and apply instructional design models to carry out small scale projects and generate a detailed instructional design document. Students are encouraged to incorporate projects from their current employment into the class assignments.

    Learning Theories & Interactive Media

    Students learn to evaluate and select appropriate learning theories and instructional principles. And apply them for the design and implementation of instruction and training. Students construct a functioning learning module using interactive multimedia software, information technology and media.

    Instructional Design, Assessment & Evaluation

    Students work on authentic instructional design projects individually or in small groups. Students engage in a real world design experience that deals with and balancing numerous additional variables, including project management, effective communication with clients, time management, application of professional knowledge and skills, and producing professional level products. Students are introduced to the theoretical framework of assessment as it applies to learner performance, effectiveness of curriculum design, and effectiveness of instructional delivery. Students develop techniques for judging the performance of instructional delivery and conduct appropriate usability, reliability and efficiency tests of instructional and learning management systems.

    Breadth of Knowledge & Capstone or Thesis

    Students complete a Capstone project or thesis that connects with their careers as the culminating experience. Examples include a field study, a client-driven project or applied research.