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2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Instructional Systems Development (ISD), M.A.

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Degree Requirements

The Master of Arts requires a minimum of 36 credits hours. Students must complete seven required core courses (totaling 21 credits), five elective courses (totaling 15 credits) and take a final comprehensive examination (students admitted prior to fall 2012) or complete a professional portfolio (students admitted fall 2012 and on).

Core Requirements (12 credits)

Core ISD courses must be taken in the first 18 credits.

Advanced Course Requirements (9 credits)

To be taken after 21 credits have been completed.

Elective Courses (15 credits)

Students enrolled in the ISD-Training Systems Master’s program may select 15 credits of electives from the below group of courses. It is possible with the approval of the program director to take some electives that are not in this group. Please contact the graduate program director for details.

Comprehensive Exam

All M.A. students, admitted prior to fall 2012, are required to complete a comprehensive exam at the conclusion of their program of study. The purpose of the comprehensive exam is to evaluate a student’s ability to analyze, synthesize and problem-solve a case study within the context of training and development. See Comprehensive Exam Requirements


All M.A. students, admitted fall 2012 and on are required to submit a professional portfolio of course-related work samples that reflects their accomplishments throughout their tenure in the program. UMBC ISD Portfolio Requirements

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.

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