Master's Concentration

Master's in Adult Learning and Inclusive Design

Forge innovative paths to best engage adult learners through inclusive design in the digital age with this master’s degree concentration offered entirely online. As you develop critical competencies within instructional design, you’ll also cultivate an inclusive mindset and best practices related to instructional strategies, assessment, and interventions. Whether leading instructional design within higher education, government, or corporations, you’ll gain hands-on practice in andragogy, learner-centered design, and research to ensure the diverse needs of adult learners of all types are met.

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At a Glance

Classes Begin
September 11
Term Length
10 Weeks
Master's Degree
As few as 18 months
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University College is committed to educational access, and given the difficult circumstances currently impacting millions of people, we are waiving application fees.

Skills You'll Learn

Leverage adult learning theories on instructional strategies

Develop strategies for examining assessment data to refine design practices

Design inclusive learning materials, activities, and assessments


Master of Arts in Instructional Design and Technology with a concentration in Adult Learning and Inclusive Design requires completion of 48 credit hours (12 courses).

All students are required to complete a zero-credit Student Success Course.

Core Courses
Concentration Courses
Elective Courses

Sample Schedule

Plan out your schedule and determine your preferred timeline for completing your master's degree—finish in as few as 18 months or take up to five years.

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Interested in a graduate certificate?

Explore our four and six course graduate certificates in Adult Learning and Inclusive Design.

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We know how important it is to get started when you're ready and that's why you can enroll in a course before you officially apply.

Career Outcomes

Predicted outcomes for graduates of Adult Learning and Inclusive Design

The employment outlook for instructional designers appears to be strong with a 10% increase in available roles expected through 2030, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Instructional design is in demand! With the recent shift to online education and virtual learning for higher education, non-profits, and corporations, there is a significant increase in demand for skilled instructional designers, according to Inside Higher Ed.

In this fast-growing industry, employers are seeking qualified candidates throughout the country! Some of the top states for instructional designers are California, Massachusetts, Washington, and Oregon.

Job Titles

Instructional Designer/Coordinator
Chief Learning Officer
Instructional Design Specialist/Consultant
Director of Instructional Technology
Employee Trainer
Curriculum Developer
Learning Experience Designer
Learning Development Manager
Instructional Technology Specialist
Training Manager

Instructional Designer Salary: National Average


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Flexible Online Classes

Flexible Online Classes

We understand the demands of balancing work, friends and family, and school can be challenging. That's why at University College, you can complete your program entirely online. Our online learning platform makes it easy to work anywhere at any time.


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University College programs maintain the highest level of accreditation offered by The Higher Learning Commission, one of the regional accrediting bodies recognized by the federal government. The University of Denver and all of its academic programs are regionally accredited by this commission, and regional accreditation is the highest standard for universities in the United States.

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