Master of Education in eLearning and Instructional Design — Seattle

The Master of Education in eLearning and Instructional Design prepares graduates to excel in the diverse and ever-expanding field of e-learning and design and to emerge as skilled leaders in their field.

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We’re committed to creating an education as unique as your career path. So, whether your goal is a new career or moving up in your field, our innovative programs will get you going your way.


Customize your plan

We work with you to map your path to your goal.


Learn from experience

From real-world case studies to employer-based projects, we prepare you to manage what comes next.


Choose your focus

Whatever you’re passionate about, you’ll find the classes to sharpen your specialty.


Study anywhere, on your time

Part-time or full-time, we move at your speed, to get you where you’re going.


Full-Time, Part-Time

Entry Terms

Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter

Completion Time

1.5-2 Years


Today’s learning landscape relies increasingly upon the internet in support of blended, online, and mobile learning. The Master of Education in eLearning and Instructional Design is a versatile degree that opens a world of professional opportunity in our media rich, digital, networked world. Your coursework prepares you to shape the future of any learning-driven organization, including corporations, nonprofits, higher education institutions, K-12 schools, and government agencies.

Program participants are career professionals whose organizational role involves education. Their workplace settings are wide-ranging: universities, not-for-profits, schools, and even multinational corporations. Their job titles are diverse as well: educator, trainer, professor, human resource expert, technology coordinator, online learning manager, instructional designer, librarian, and consultant, just to name a few. Your program colleagues are diverse, but they share a passion for improving and transforming learning in our technology-rich, internet-connected society.

Our faculty members are nationally recognized award-winning experts known for their excellence as teachers and designers. They focus on helping you develop the knowledge and skills you need to progress your career. Many alumni tell us that they draw from the tools and methods they learned from Northeastern’s rigorous curriculum on a daily basis, including the hands-on experience they gain during their coursework. Our program is designed for professionals—educators, higher education staff, counselors, corporate trainers, and HR managers—who seek to increase or improve the use of eLearning in their work, and to advance their workplace leadership in this realm. You are a good fit if …

  • You work in an educational and/or training support capacity in higher education, nonprofits, lifelong learning, or a corporate setting
  • You are a classroom educator within K-12 or higher education seeking to increase your ability to design, teach, or manage the development of online and mobile learning
  • You want to discover new ways to engage with employees and constituents online
  • You work for a nonprofit or governmental organization that is interested in expanding its involvement in online and mobile learning
  • You want to transition into a career that involves eLearning
  • You want to become an expert in next-generation online and mobile learning

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Unique Features

  • Offers hands-on experience in designing innovative eLearning environments, strategic development, and project creation
  • Students create an ePortfolio; past program graduates have used their ePortfolios for promotions, job interviews, and doctoral degree applications
  • Benefit from experiential learning to develop and implement numerous workplace-based eLearning design projects
  • Face-to-face learning experience on the Seattle Campus, in a dynamic city synonymous with software development, internet titans, information technology, biotechnology, the life sciences, and nonprofit work
  • The Experiential Network (XN) allows students to virtually work on short-term, real-world projects that complement their academic work

Program Objectives

  • Investigate the many settings where learning design takes place considering the interplay between context and design
  • Respond innovatively to the opportunities and challenges that are revolutionizing all sectors of education
  • Design and facilitate learning experiences that draw creatively upon the latest research in the science and art of eLearning
  • Develop dynamic environments that engage learners in interaction with images, words, videos, and animations
  • Put learning principles and high-impact practices into action within online and mobile learning scenarios
  • Forge constructive professional working relationships in a range of professional contexts while responding to the nuances of organizational culture, project demands, and allocated resources
  • Advance involvement with professional communities, expanding participation and visibility in the field of eLearning design
  • Develop an online, media-rich portfolio of work that demonstrates professional vision, thoughtfulness, and excellence

Career Outlook

The role of eLearning is expanding exponentially in the education, nonprofit, and corporate sectors. Your degree is versatile and opens up a world of opportunity in learning-driven organizations. The number of students taking at least one online course has now surpassed 7.1 million and represents 33% of all higher education students. You create an online, media-rich portfolio of work that demonstrates your professional vision, thoughtfulness, and excellence. This helps position you as a sought-after eLearning designer who is part of the next generation of leaders in the field.

Experiential / Co-op opportunities

Northeastern's signature experience-powered learning model has been at the heart of the university for more than a century. It combines world-class academics with professional practice, allowing you to acquire relevant, real-world skills you can immediately put into action in your current workplace.

This makes a Northeastern education a dynamic, transformative experience, giving you countless opportunities to grow as a professional and person.

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General Requirements


Concentration in eLearning and Instructional Design

Required Courses



To be taken last: 



Complete 12 quarter hours of the following:


NOTE: EDU 6329 (Connecting Theory and Practice) should be taken at least 2 terms prior to EDU 6225 (Capstone) to allow time for implementing a workplace-based experiential project that you will design as the signature assignment for this course.

Now Let's Talk Admissions

You know where you are headed and you've seen how our program will lead you there. So let's get going. Here's what you need to know before you enroll.

Application Requirements

  • Online application
  • Statement of purpose (500–1000 words): Identify your educational goals and expectations of the program. Please be aware that Northeastern University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to your statement of purpose.
  • Professional resumé
  • Unofficial undergraduate transcripts; official transcripts required at the time of admission
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals who have either academic or professional knowledge of your capabilities such as a faculty member, colleague, or mentor, preferably one from your current employer
  • English language proficiency proof. Students for whom English is not their primary language must submit one of the following:
    • Official associate or bachelor's degree transcript from an accredited college or university in the U.S., stating degree conferral and date
    • TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, Duolingo, or NU Global Exam scores

International Requirements

Are You an International Student? Find out what additional documents are required to apply.

Global Engagement Learn how our teaching and research benefit from a worldwide network of students, faculty, and industry partners.

Financing Requirements

Finance Your Education We offer a variety of resources, including scholarships and assistantships.

How to Apply Learn more about the application process and requirements.

Cost and Tuition

Application Deadlines

Our admissions process operates on a rolling basis, however we do recommend following the application guidelines below to ensure you can begin during your desired start term.

Spring 2021

Recommended Admissions Deadline:
Domestic application complete (start date: April 12, 2021) April 2, 2021

Summer 2021

Recommended Admissions Deadline:
Domestic application complete (start date: July 12, 2021) June 28, 2021

Student Body Profile

Below is a look at where our Education & Learning alumni work, the positions they hold, and the skills they bring to their organization.


  • Where They Work

    • Boston Public Schools
    • Chicago Public Schools
    • NYC Department of Education
    • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • Tufts University
  • What They Do

    • Education
    • Community and Social Services
    • Business Development
    • Human Services
    • Entrepreneurship
  • What They're Skilled At

    • Teaching
    • Public Speaking
    • Curriculum Development
    • Leadership
    • Research


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