Master of Science in Instructional Science & Technology
Master of Science in Instructional Science & Technology
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Program Overview

Program Overview & Highlight

An interdisciplinary program that integrates information technology, instructional design and educational technology, MIST responds to the increasing demand for professionals who understand learning theory, instructional design and technology, interactive media, assessment and research. Whether a corporate trainer, classroom educator or a person developing coursework for those professionals, the MIST program empowers its graduates to make a difference for those they serve.


Program Highlights

Program Overview & Highlight
  • Earn your master's degree with Cal State Online while maintaining your career and personal life.
  • Complete all of your classes while staying on your professional career track.
  • Enjoy full interaction with classmates and faculty, no matter where you are.
  • The Master of Science in Instructional Science and Technology from Cal State Monterey Bay is a 16-month interdisciplinary program that integrates information technology, learning theories, instructional design and performance technology.

The School of Information Technology and Communication Design at Cal State Monterey Bay offers the MIST program. The School of ITCD distinguishes itself from other educational programs by its unique combination of technology and design. The project-based and outcomes-based model of learning has been recognized for its innovative and integrative application of technology, design and management in student learning. Throughout the courses of study, each student creates an individual learning plan gradually building a portfolio that demonstrates successful achievement of that plan. Portfolios feature high levels of competence in communication, collaboration, technical expertise, ethical reflection, global perspective and problem-solving skills. The School of ITCD conducts leading-edge applied research and development that provides students with hands-on, real-world experience while earning their degrees.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

The following documents are required for admission to the MIST program. 

  • Current resume/CV
  • Two (2) reference letters
  • Statement of Purpose (1000-2000 words)
  • Transcripts: An original transcript

We encourage you to contact a Cal State Online Coach for help with admissions by either calling 800-992-7886 or completing the short Request Information form above on the right.

Required Supporting Documents and Additional Information

One (1) official transcript from all higher education institutions attended. Have one (1) official transcript from all colleges and universities you have attended mailed directly to the Office of Admissions at the address listed above. (We recommend that you request an additional copy be mailed directly to you at home and that you leave that envelope unopened until you have confirmation that we have received our copies.) A GPA of 3.0 is expected for the most recent 60 units of college-level work attempted. GPA between 2.5 and 3.0 may be considered with substantial alternative demonstration of ability to succeed in the program.

One (1) original Statement of Purpose. Include a 1,000-2,000 word Statement of Purpose (statement of educational and professional goals) that demonstrates your writing ability.

At least two (2) letters of reference. Letters should come from individuals familiar with your professional or academic work.

Test scores - GRE (optional). We recommend that you take the GRE test to improve your competitive standing but it is not required. Cal State Monterey Bay's school code for ETS is 1945.

Test scores - TOEFL (if applicable). For those students required to demonstrate English proficiency, the MIST program requires a TOEFL score of 575 for admission. Applicants with TOEFL scores below 525 will not be considered.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

The MIST online program is a cost effective, convenient way to earn your master’s degree. Tuition is $580 per unit and considered one of the best values from an accredited university. Although tuition fees are subject to change without notice or obligation, every effort will be made to minimize costs to the students.

The California State University makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum. Campus Admissions and Application fees vary by campus. Fees listed in published schedules or student accounts may need to be increased when public funding is inadequate. Therefore, CSU must reserve the right, even after initial fee payments are made, to increase or modify any listed fees, without notice, until the date when instruction for a particular semester or quarter has begun. All Cal State listed fees should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change upon approval by The Board of Trustees.

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