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Learn how to create quality learning solutions that promote intellectual, professional, and personal development.

The online MS in IDPT program prepares students to plan, develop, and manage instructional materials and their emerging technologies, particularly in the growing field of online learning and training.

Based on competencies from the International Board of Standards for Training, Performance and Instruction, Baker developed the curriculum with input from an advisory panel with a wide range of backgrounds, including company presidents and CEOs, instructional design professionals, performance improvement consultants, project managers, multimedia learning specialists, e-learning developers, software engineers, and scholars in the field.

Classes are held online, and the program can be completed in about two years.

Next Start Date

September 2019 | Online

leafThe U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook forecasts significant growth for instructional designers and coordinators.

10% Tuition Discount for Baker Alumni


As a Baker grad, you’ve built the foundation for an excellent career. Keep that momentum going by earning your MAEd, MS-IDPT, MSSL, or MSSE degree at Baker. You’re eligible for a 10% alumni tuition discount!

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  • The online master’s program fits the demanding schedules of working professionals.
  • Each online course lasts seven weeks.
  • The program is delivered in our popular cohort model.
  • The program can be completed in two years.


All faculty are experienced professionals in instructional design, training, or human performance technology and bring diverse perspectives to each course.


Baker graduate programs are approved for federal financial loan programs. Contact Financial Aid for further information.


The MS in IDPT program is approved by the Higher Learning Commission (312.263.0456,


“Instructional design and performance technology is a diverse, growing career field because organizations from the academic sector to health care to the military need skilled personnel to develop and improve training and educational programs.”

DR. REGENA AYE | Assistant Professor of Education

“What makes the Baker MS in IDPT program distinctive is that it unites instructional design and technology (the design, development, utilization, management, and evaluation of learning) with human performance technology (the systematic approach to improving individual and organizational performance). Most programs concentrate on one or the other. By combining these two fields in Baker’s IDPT program, graduates will come away with the knowledge and unique set of skills necessary to implement the training and performance needs of their organizations in the corporate, military, health care, and government sectors, and in PK-12 education and higher education.”

DR. MARC CHILDRESS | Vice President for Academic Affairs

Our Award Winners

JOHN ERNST, Ed.D. ’15, MAEd, ’07

Milken Educator Award
Blue Valley Northwest High School | Overland Park, Kansas
“Taking the pulse” of the school each day not only ensures Ernst knows the students at Rolling Ridge, but also earned him a ticket to a black-tie event in Washington, D.C., in October. “My second graduation ceremony at Baker was such an unbelievable experience. The bagpipes were playing. It’s hard to describe how special Baker is to me.”


Outstanding Elementary Music 
Educator of the Year
South Central Kansas District of Kansas Music Educators Association
Soderstrom Elementary School | Lindsborg, Kansas
Nelson prepares her students to perform dance and music for Lindsborg’s two-day biennial Svensk Hyllningsfest, directs students in the winter St. Lucia Festival and leads a church children’s choir in addition to giving private piano lessons.


Outstanding Young Member Award
National Association of Agricultural Educators

Royal Valley High School | Hoyt, Kansas
One of just six teachers in the country to receive the NAAE’s Outstanding Young Member Award, Mitchell is responsible for reviving Royal Valley’s FFA program and was integral in gaining $12,000 in grant funds in just two years.


Kansas National Distinguished 
Principal of the Year
National Association of Elementary 
School Principals
Rolling Ridge Elementary School | Olathe, Kansas
Smithyman, who teaches English, gives up weekends to hold student leadership conferences and to work with students to improve standardized test scores and complete college applications. As a result, their scores consistently beat district, state, and national averages.


Tuition $375/credit hour
One-time registration fee $20
One-time materials fee $40
Technology fee $30/course
Application fee $20
Graduation fee $125

Requirements & Curriculum

What We Need From You

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • 2.75 cumulative undergraduate GPA

Apply Now by Submitting the Following

  • Completed application form
  • $20 application fee
  • Official transcripts* from all undergraduate institutions attended
  • Official transcript indicating a bachelor’s degree** conferred from a regionally accredited institution of higher education with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75
  • Minimum TOEFL scores for international students

*How to send transcripts to Baker.
**If you already have a master’s degree, we require only your master’s transcripts.

36 Credit Hours

  • Foundations and Issues in Instructional Design, Technology, and Human Performance Improvement
  • Principles of Instructional Design and Performance Technology
  • Designing and Developing Instruction for Online Performance Training
  • Managing Performance Assessment and Evaluation
  • Multimedia Design and Development
  • Simulations and Games
  • Principles and Applications of Visual Literacy
  • Learning and Cognition Theories Applied
  • Reading, Understanding, and Using Research Reports
  • Instructional Design and Performance Technology Models
  • Developing Instructional Design and Performance Technology Solutions
  • Master’s project in IDPT

MS in IDPT Graduation Requirements

  • Completion of the approved 36-credit-hour MS in IDPT curriculum
  • A minimum graduate grade point average of 3.0 with no more than one course completed with a grade of  C (D and F grades are not acceptable.)
  • Completion a master’s project in IDPT
  • Completion of all course work within six years of the date of initial enrollment
  • Submission of intent to graduate form six months before anticipated degree completion
  • Payment all tuition and fees
Graduate courses taken before application to the MS in IDPT program will be evaluated upon request at the time of application to the program. Up to 6 graduate semester credits may be considered for transfer into the MS in IDPT degree program, provided these courses meet the following criteria:

  1. Were taken for graduate credit from a regionally accredited institution of higher education
  2. Received a grade of A or B
  3. Are germane to the MS in IDPT curriculum
  4. Were not used in acquiring another degree
  5. Are not outdated in content (not older than six years)
  6. Were not earned through correspondence study or independent study.

Additionally, a course description from the catalog in effect at the time the course was taken must be on file, and an official transcript sent directly from the granting institution must be received. The total number of transfer credits may not exceed 6 credits.


1. What can I do with an MS in Instructional Design and Performance Technology?

Instructional designers are in demand across many fields, including education, business, industry, government, and health care.

2. Do I have to take the GRE?

No. The GRE is not required, but admission into the program is competitive.

3. How long will it take me to earn my MS in IDPT?

The program takes approximately two years to finish.

4. How much time must I commit to my courses to be a successful student? How many hours of homework per week?

While this program accounts for the needs of working adults, students enrolled in an accelerated program (seven-week courses) must commit their time and energy to be successful. Students must expect to spend an average of 16 hours per week on learning course content: weekly assignments, forum posts, reading, research, writing, group projects, and so on.

5. What is the master’s project?

IDPT 5090 assists candidates in researching a problem of their own choosing in order to produce a solution using IDPT processes. The problems must be currently found in education, government, business, industry, and health-related professions. Candidates develop a portfolio of research supporting their project and indicating the reasons for their decisions. Candidates present their research findings and project solutions in an open forum.

Under the guidance of their faculty advisor and the IDPT committee, candidates develop their own proposal, parameters of the study, and integration within IDPT. Candidates apply the entire IDPT process to a problem that can be solved with instruction and training using instructional design and human performance improvement. The project is presented in written or electronic form at the end of the course.


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