Frequently Asked Questions

What is Instructional Technology?

The integration of interactive multimedia and online technologies into educational and professional training environments in support of learning and performance.

What type of jobs are available for graduates with a graduate degree in Instructional Technology?
Graduates of our program obtain jobs as elearning designers, trainers, educational consultants, training specialists, multimedia designers, and multimedia developers.

How much does the program cost?

Tuition and fee information can be found on the University Tuition and Fee webpage.

Is Financial Aid available?

Student loans are the most efficient way graduate students fund their higher education.  To receive student loans you must fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) form. These forms are available at the Financial Aid office, located on the first floor of the Student Services Center, or from the FASFA website.

For futher information about financial aid, visit the Bloomsburg University Financial Aid website.

Do you have Graduate Assistantships?

Yes. Most students who are interested can pay part of their cost and receive a stipend by working on real-world projects with faculty. Check the Graduate Assistantship page for more information.

How long does it take to complete the program?

A total of 33 credits is required to earn a Master of Science in Instructional Technology (both corporate and instructional technology specialist concentrations). A total of 12 credits and an optional 6 credits is necessary to earn an eLearning Developer Certificate.

The amount of time it takes to complete the program depends on if you are a Full-Time or Part-Time student.

What is the difference between a full-time and part-time student?

A part time student is any student who is enrolled for 6 or less credits during a semester. A full time student is any student who is enrolled for 9 or more credits during a semester.

How many students are currently in the program and how many can be accepted?

We have approximately 120 graduate students are enrolled in the MSIT program.

Generally, the MSIT program accepts 20-30 students per semester.

Do you need to have a background in technology in order to be accepted into this program?

No, it is not necessary to have a background in technology in order to be accepted into this program. It is recommeded that students applying for the program do have fundamental basic computer skills (how to use email, the internet, Microsoft Office products, Windows or Mac  operating systems).

 Where are classes held?

Our face-2-face classes for the MSIT program are held in our main classroom, room 214 Sutliff Hall. Many courses are available online. Refer to the following question for more information about online courses for the MSIT program.

What does “off campus” course mean?

An off campus course refers to a course that is taught online. These classes use a combination of asynchronous (available all the time) and synchronous (real time) tools to present information and lectures.  Each online class does require students to attend a  weekly synchronous meeting via the Internet using a software meeting program called Centra.

How do I apply for a Graduate Assistantship (GA) position?

You can obtain a GA application form either from the School of Graduate Studies or from the Department of Instructional Technology.  Submit the completed GA application to the School of Graduate Studies. To learn more about Graduate Assistantships, visit: Graduate Assistantships.

Is child care available for University Graduate Students?

Yes. Child care is available for both Undergraduate and Graduate students. For more information, visit Campus Child Care Services .

How do I apply for the MSIT program?

You must complete an application for Graduate Studies through Bloomsburg University’s School of Graduate Studies and pay the required application fee.  In addition to the basic application form you must also submit an application packet.  This application packet consists of:

  • official transcripts from your undergraduate and graduate studies
  • 3 letters of reference written within 2 years from professional sources that address your ability to be successful in graduate studies
  • a personal goal statement explaining your background experiences and how our program will match your professional career goals
  • a curriculum vitae or resume

What should I include in my personal goal statement?

The personal goal statement is an opportunity for you to exhibit your communication and writing skills and also show a “best match” between your career goals and our program.

  • Describe your background, prior experiences, and your professional career goals
  • Describe how the Instructional Technology program fits and supports your professional career goals
  • Explain why you would like to be accepted into the program
  • 1 – 2 pages in length; professional writing style

Are there any specific requirements for my reference letters?

A reference letter should be written by a professional who can describe your academic skills, potential for graduate school success, and work ethic.

  • The reference letter must be written on company or organization letterhead, dated, and signed.
  • Letters should state who the author of the letter is, how they know you, and for how long.
  • Letters should be written within the past 2 years.
  • Note:  Letters from family and friends are not considered professional sources.

To what address do I mail my Graduate Application and Transcripts?

The application packet materials should be mailed to the School of Graduate Studies. They will review your materials and forward  them to the Department of Instructional Technology.

School of Graduate Studies and Research
Bloomsburg University
400 E. Second Street
Bloomsburg, PA 17815

When and how will I be notified if I am accepted to the Department of Instructional Technology?

When your application packet is complete it will be forwarded from the Office of Graduate Studies to the Department of Instructional Technology Admissions Committee.  The department committee will then review your complete application and notify the Office of Graduate Studies of their admission decision.  You will receive an official letter from the Office of Graduate Studies notifying you of the admission decision.