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Instructional Systems Development




With today's mobile workforce, rapidly changing technology and growing global market, organizations must make performance improvement and training a top priority. For training and development professionals, this means implementing the most innovative approaches and cutting-edge practices available in their work. With UMBC's ISD-Training Systems Graduate Program, you have the following options:

Highlights of the Program

  • Combines research and practical design experience
  • Provides a strong foundation in adult learning, instructional systems development and training principles
  • Emphasis on implementation of technology within instruction
  • Practical application of learned skills through internships and project-based course work
  • Accomplished program faculty as scholars, instructional designers, developers and training managers
  • Flexible learning options; online and evening classes

    ISD Program Policies

    This is a quick summary of some ISD program policies.

    Coursework and Portfolio

    To graduate from the Master’s program students must complete seven required course and five approved electives.  In addition to coursework, students must complete a professional portfolio of work samples.  Details are located at

    Academic Standards

    Students must earn a grade of “B” or higher in their first six credits.  Students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average (“B”) to graduate.  If students do not maintain a 3.0 GPA there matriculation in the program may be discontinued.

    Internship and Final Project Seminar

    Students are required to complete an internship course and final project seminar course.  Since most students are working adults the internship provides flexible options to complete this requirement.


    For more details on policies and procedures visit the UMBC Graduate School website at: