Credits required
20 Oregon State University is on a quarter-term system. There are four quarters each year and classes are 11 weeks long. This program's 20 quarter credits are equal to 13.33 semester credits.
Cost per credit
$560 Cost per credit is calculated using tuition per credit for the current academic year. It does not include associated fees, course materials, textbook expenses, and other expenses related to courses.
Online You can complete all or nearly all requirements of this program online. View the curriculum.
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Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design – Online

Applications are now open. The priority application deadline is July 15.

Admission requirements

  • Bachelor's degree (in any field) in good standing
  • A minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Note: We do not require GRE scores

When can you start?

A new certificate cohort begins classes online every fall. Applications completed after the deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.

How to apply

  • Contact Lindsay Andrews, the College of Education’s adult and higher education program lead, to discuss whether the certificate is a good fit for your educational and professional goals.
  • Then submit your application and official transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended using the OSU Graduate School’s online application form. The nonrefundable application fee is $75.

Required application documents

Upload the following documents using the OSU Graduate School’s website: 

  • A current résumé that includes your employment history and professional experience
  • A 1-2 page personal/professional narrative that summarizes significant learning experiences that have contributed to your professional development and answers the following question:

As a part of our admissions process, our faculty want to learn more your understanding of equity. Our certificate has a focus on equity across all of our courses. Based on either your current or future workplace, how do you define equity within training and learning? What is one equity issue you would like to be better prepared to address in your career as a result of completing this certificate?

NOTE: International applicants must also submit documents and language test scores that are outlined on the graduate admissions international applicants webpage.

Apply to take courses as a nondegree-seeking student

If you don’t want to apply to the OSU Graduate School but would like to take individual classes that are part of the instructional design graduate certificate curriculum, you may apply to OSU as a nondegree-seeking graduate student.

Nondegree-seeking students who may later wish to apply to a graduate degree program should be aware that a maximum of 6 credits earned as a nondegree-seeking student may be transferred to a graduate certificate or degree program. For additional details, please refer to the “Nondegree Status” section of admission to Oregon State University.


For admissions questions, please Lindsay Andrews at or 541-737-3574.

You can also refer to OSU’s adult and higher education handbook for additional information.


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