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Instructional Systems Development


Graduate Certificates


Admissions Requirements

These certificates are designed for professionals working in business, industry and education who are in search of new and innovative strategies to meet the training needs of their organization. Each of the 12-credit certificates can be completed within a year. They also are an excellent way for career changers to break into the training field.

*All the certificates have received Maryland Higher Education Commission approval. Students receive an official certificate of completion from UMBC.

Benefits of Certificate

These certificates are ideal for working professionals and subject matter experts who are interested in enhancing their skills or gaining specialized knowledge in a particular area without pursuing a full Master's program. They are also ideal for career changers who want to get started in the field quickly.

Flexible Learning Options: All three Certificate Programs are offered completely online.

Earn Credentials in One Year: It is possible to earn the ISD Certificate in just two semesters. However, the Distance Education and Instructional Technology Certificates typically take three to four semesters to complete. Courses are offered during the fall, spring & summer sessions.

State-of-the-Art Computer Labs: Students have access to state-of-the-art workstations with the most up-to-date multimedia software tools.

Distinguished Faculty: The faculty members are accomplished scholars and practitioners within the field of training and development, each bringing years of practical experience to the classroom.

Certificate Credit for Masters: Students may apply certificate course credits to Master of Arts program. Students who complete a certificate are one third (4 of 12 courses) of their way to earning a Master's degree.

Admissions Requirements for Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

  • Bachelor's degree: Earned from a regionally accredited college or university or an equivalent degree from a comparative foreign institution  
  • No specific undergraduate degree is required
  • GREs or the GMAT are not required

Current UMBC Enrolled Students

If you are enrolled in a different UMBC MA or PhD. program you may add any Certificate Program onto your current program. Please consult the Advisor in your current program to learn how these courses will fit in with your program. You may contact Renee Eisenhuth to learn more at

Certificate Courses and Advance Standing in the ISD Master’s Degree Program

Certificate courses can be applied to the ISD Training Systems Master’s degree. Many students who graduate from the Master’s program often start by taking courses in the certificate program. After a student completes one of the certificate programs, they have already completed 4 of the 12 courses for the Master’s degree.

Optional Interview

An in-person or a phone interview is not required, but prospective students may have questions concerning the program. The purpose of the interview is to address any questions or concerns that you may have. It also is an opportunity to discuss your career plans, and to see how the program can help you reach your goals. Dr. Hodell, the associate graduate program director, is available to talk with prospective students on the phone, or to meet with them in person. Dr. Hodell can be reached at

Applying Online

Save money by applying for the program online! Pay only a $50 application fee (instead of $70) and get your materials to us immediately. To apply, go to the UMBC Graduate School Online Application Site and follow the instructions to create an account.

Application Packet Materials

Students applying for the Post-Baccalaureate certificate must submit the following materials:

  • Completed application for admission and residency forms (or online application and residency forms)
  • Unofficial or official transcripts from undergraduate institution (copies issued to student OK)
  • Non-refundable application fee ($50 online application; $70 paper application)

Completed Paper Application Packets Should Be Sent To:

Renee Eisenhuth

Program Coordinator

ISD - Training Systems Graduate Program

1450 Rolling Road

Halethorpe, MD 21227

Applications materials may also be faxed to 443-543-5096.

ISD Program Policies

Graduate Tuition and Fees

Graduate students are charged a per credit hour rate for tuition and other fees. UMBC tuition and fees may be paid by check, credit card, cash or employer-provided benefits. Some students may qualify for student loans, graduate assistantships or Veteran's benefits. For more information on graduate tuition and fees, click here.

Financial Aid, Loans, Fellowships, and Veterans Affairs

The Office of Financial Aid maintains and coordinates a variety of scholarships, grants, loans, student employment opportunities and veteran's benefits. Students wishing to be considered for financial aid resources must complete and submit a "Free Application for Federal Student Aid" (FAFSA) to the U.S. Department of Education (listing UMBC's Federal School Code: 002105). The FAFSA may be completed on the web at

Information about federally subsidized and unsubsidized loans, the federal work-study program and other forms of need-based assistance and financial resources are available from the UMBC Office of Financial Aid.

Graduate Assistantships

The Graduate School has graduate assistantships available to qualified, full-time, degree-seeking students. Applications are accepted in the spring of each year. The graduate assistantship appointment is a 10-month contractual position, beginning in August. Appointment benefits include: financial stipend, tuition remission for 10 graduate credits per academic year and health insurance.

Detailed information about assistantships and their responsibilities, benefits and stipend levels is available in the Graduate Assistant Handbook.