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 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.

Students who need additional preparation in technology and/or writing skills are strongly encouraged to complete IST 501: Technology Workshop (1-4 units) and/or IST 511: Writing Workshop (1-4 units). Please consult the Program Coordinator for more information.

Complete all of the following courses:

  • IST 522: Instructional Design (4 units)
  • IST 524: Instructional Technology (4 units)
  • IST 520: Theories of Learning and Instruction (4 units)
  • IST 526: Interactive Multimedia Instruc (4 units)
  • IST 622: Assessment & Evaluation (4 units)
  • IST 626: Advanced Instructional Design (4 units)
  • IST 699: Graduate Capstone (4 units)

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

  • IST 530: Intro to Project Management (2 units)
  • IST 531: MultimediaTools I: Audio and Video (2 units)
  • IST 541: Multimedia Tools II: Interactive Media (2 units)
  • IST 595: Special Topics (1-6 units)
  • IST 624: Research Design & Methods (4 units)
  • IST 695: Special Topics (1-6 units)
  • CST 436: Human-Computer Interaction (4 units)
  • CST 451: Web Production (4 units)

Instructional Technology

Critically discuss and reflect on the field and profession of Instructional Science & Technology including history, current issues, future trends, professional ethics, and professional organizations. Describe how the components of the field fit together.

Instructional Design

Investigate and apply instructional design models, carry out small scale projects, generate a detailed instructional design document, and design, develop, and implement a client-based real-world project. Students are also expected to demonstrate professional collaboration and communication skills with clients and SMEs and apply project management skills.

Learning Theories

Evaluate and select appropriate learning theories and instructional principles and apply them for the design and implementation of instruction and training.

Interactive Media

Construct a functioning interactive learning module using authoring tools, information technology, and other multimedia tools.

Assessment & Evaluation

Use appropriate procedures and statistics to evaluate learning performance, effectiveness of curriculum design, effectiveness of instructional delivery, and conduct appropriate usability, reliability, and efficiency tests of teaching, learning, and training interventions.