Master of Arts (Instructional Design and Technology)

  • The programme will be opened for the January 2022 intake. Application period is from 10 May – 5 July 2021. Click here for more details.

  • The programme aims to provide education and training to professionals with instructional design processes, and to broaden the knowledge base and skills of professionals who are applying, managing and developing information technologies in school and in corporate environments.

  • The Master of Arts (Instructional Design and Technology) programme is designed for education and training professionals working in schools, universities, polytechnics, businesses and industries and e-learning environments. It is concerned with the application, development and management of information technologies, including e-learning, for solving instructional problems in school and corporate learning environments. Participants typically include school HoD IT, corporate trainers, instructional software developers, managers of e-learning environments, and other educational and training professionals. You will learn and practise solving real-world instructional and performance problems employing a variety of learning modalities.

  • This programme is specifically concerned with solving instructional problems, as well as the application, development, and management of various information technologies, including e-learning.

    The programme is intended primarily for two types of professional learners: those who wish to concentrate on instructional design and technology in corporate training/industry settings, and those who wish to focus on technology-enhanced learning in formal educational institutions.

    1. A good Bachelor's degree from a recognised university and
    2. Preferable to have working experience as a corporate trainer or educational software developer, or school teacher

    For international applicants, more information on the entry requirements can be found here.

  • You are required to either complete:

    • 6 courses plus a dissertation (Dissertation option), or
    • 7 courses plus MID944 Methods for Data Collection and Analysis for Instructional Design Projects (2AU) (Coursework option)

    You do not have to make the decision when you apply. The decision on what option to select is usually made upon completion of four courses.

    All the courses in the programme are conducted over 52 contact hours, except Methods for Data Collection and Analysis for Instructional Design Projects, which is conducted over 26 contact hours.  

    Core Courses

    • MID901 Instructional Design Models and Practices
    • MID905 Foundations of Learning and Instruction
    • MID941 Evaluation Models and Methods
    • MID944 Methods for Data Collection and Analysis for Instructional Design Projects
      (For those choosing the coursework option. It can be taken as an elective for those choosing the dissertation option.)
    • MID945 Capstone Project for Instructional Design
      (For those choosing the coursework option, taken during the last semester of study.)

    Elective Courses

    • MID906 Training Methods and Strategies
    • MID923 Perspectives on Adult Learning
    • MID943 Assessment in Education and Training
    • MID913 Management of Instructional Development Projects
    • MID915 Training Needs Assessment and Solutions
    • MID917 Design E-learning
    • MID922 e-learning Tools for Training
    • MID942 Multimedia Design

    Download the full course listing and description of Master of Arts (Instructional Design and Technology)

    Important note for matriculated students: 

    Please refer to the ISAAC system for the programme structure relevant to your intake during Course Registration or consult your programme leader if you need clarifications.

  • The degree of Master of Arts (Instructional Design and Technology) is offered on both full-time and part-time basis. The candidature period is as follows:



    1 year


    2 years



    2 years


    4 years

  • Instructional Delivery Modes

    This programme is intended to prepare participants to effectively use the latest available technologies, including e-learning, to address school learning and training problems. For this reason, the programme will wherever feasible and appropriate, deliver its instruction using these advanced instructional delivery modes. Examples include: using CD-ROMs for self-paced instruction, using internet technologies for information dissemination, using internet technologies for asynchronous (e.g., forums or wikis) and synchronous (e.g., chat, internet telephony or video) communication modalities. These technologically-based delivery modes will be used in conjunction with more conventional forms of instructional delivery.


    All courses in this programme are assessed by projects and assignments, sometimes individually, but sometimes working in groups. There are no exams.

  • Our tuition fees are subject to revision on a yearly basis. More details can be found here.

  • There is generally only one intake for this programme, in January. You are advised to visit the website and look out for NIE’s announcements in May/June to confirm if the programme will be open for application at any particular intake.

    Applicants who are currently working with sponsors, donors or financial institutions to fund their studies, are encouraged to submit their applications early to NIE so as not to miss out on our application period.

    Applications are to be made online.

    More information on required documents for application can be found here.

  • There is an option to progress into this Master's degree programme via the NTU MiniMastersTM route. The image below illustrates the main differences between direct enrolment into the Master’s programme and progression to the Master’s programme via the Micro-credential pathway.


    *Please note that the duration of up to 5 years refers to the maximum duration that a learner can take to complete the micro-credential. It does not include the duration required to complete the remaining courses that are required to fulfil the coursework requirements of the Master’s programme.

    Please refer to the FAQs for more information on the differences between the two pathways.

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  • We value the relationship with our alumni and look forward to staying connected with you. Click here to find out more about the MAIDT Alumni Community.

  • “The wide-ranging topics it offered attracted a diverse mix of education and training professionals, both from the commercial as well as the government sectors. I enjoyed the programme immensely and I attributed it to the forthcoming support and guidance from my lecturers, as well as the many thought provoking exchanges that came from my peers. With the knowledge gained from MAIDT, I was able to confidently and successfully strengthen the training fundamentals of my organisation.”  

    Mr Jeffrey Sim
    Director, Learning & Development, Singtel

    "As one of the early pioneer graduates of the MAIDT programme, the programme has provided me with good grounding and exposure to the instructional design field. This knowledge will be useful to anyone interested in mechanics of instructional design and its application."

    Dr Rebekah Lim Wei Ying
    Director, Teaching & Learning Centre (TLC), Singapore University of Social Sciences

    “The array of elective courses focusing on areas of learning theories, principles as well as prevalent emerging learning technology helps to improve my knowledge in sound instructional pedagogies and build my skill in using new innovative learning technology.”

    Mr Chow Siew Hoon 
    Learning & Development Specialist, SIM University

    “The MAIDT programme is a highly relevant learning platform for any serious ID and IT professionals. As an IT practitioner myself, I have benefited from the classroom interactions with students from diverse professional backgrounds and the rigorous online discussions via different eLearning tools. This blended learning approach has provided a wholesome experience that is intellectually engaging and technically enriching.”

    Mr Foo Khee Loon 
    Vice President / General Manager, Kinetics Advanced Robotics, ST Kinetics

    "I thoroughly enjoyed the programme especially the combination of theoretical and application modules. I have not found another programme as rigorous as MAIDT and highly recommend it to all educators who seek to improve their course design and learning outcomes."

    Mr Mazlan Hasan
    Founder & Chief Learning Architect, upnextLAB Pte Ltd

    “The course content and highly supportive faculty helped me attain my professional goals. I most definitely recommend this programme as it is comprehensive and the concepts learned are vital for any individual who wants to be a competent Instructional Designer/Educational Technologist.”

    Ms Shamini Thilarajah 
    Learning Designer, Civil Service College

    “Through the LST programme, I renewed my acquaintance with educational theories from NIE days, and found the experience rich, thought-provoking and all the more meaningful now that I have the practical experience as a classroom teacher. Infusing technology into both traditional and modern pedagogical constructs was a challenging and exhilarating journey that I will continue to bring to my future classrooms.”  

    Ms Shirley Chan
    Recipient of Instructional Design & Technology Gold Medal, 2013

    “The Master of Education (Learning Sciences and Technologies) programme has equipped me with the essential and relevant skills and knowledge in the field of learning sciences while simultaneously enabled me to embark on reflective research, implement ICT-enhanced pedagogies and strategies in my instructional practice as a classroom practitioner. The learning that I have acquired through the course empowered me to further contribute to my work practices.”  

    Mr Phang Yuh Koon (Peng Yukun)
    Recipient of Instructional Design & Technology Gold Medal, 2014

    “The focus on educational technology, teaching philosophy and pedagogy connected closely with my personal teaching experience. The facilitation by the instructors for rich discourse among course mates gave valuable opportunities for deeper learning to occur. I am now very mindful of the meaningful use of ICT in education when designing lessons for students. It has truly been an enriching learning experience that has broadened my perspective and affirmed my beliefs in harnessing technologies for learning.”  

    Mr Ng Wee Lip Isaac (Huang Weili)
    Recipient of Instructional Design & Technology Gold Medal, 2015