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2021 Best Value Instructional Media Design Master's Degree Schools

Highlighting Quality Schools With More Affordable Pricing

195 Colleges
$9,540 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$51,449 Avg Salary

Finding the Best Instructional Media Design Master's Degree School for You

Instructional Media Design is the #40 most popular major in the country with 6,790 degrees and certificates awarded in 2018-2019.

There are so many programs in today's world that it can tough to figure out which one is the right one for you. With more and more schools offering online options, you could even register for a great program on the other side of the country. On top of that, there are a considerable number of trade schools that offer fast-track entry to many fields.

The Best Value Instructional Media Design Master's Degree Schools ranking is one of many tools that Grad Degree Search has developed to help you make your educational decision. Our analysis looked at 195 schools in the United States to see which master's degree programs offered the best value experiences for instructional media students with the aim of identifying those quality schools that are more affordable than some of their counterparts.

This ranking is not just a list of inexpensive schools. We also consider each school's quality, since we believe a low-quality school may not be a 'bargain' at any price. Specifically, our score for quality is discounted by the published tuition and fees charged by the given college. This gives the cost per unit of quality for each college. The more quality your dollar buys, the better the value.

For nationwide and regional rankings, we use out-of-state tuition and fees in our calculations. For statewide rankings, we use average in-state tuition and fees.

2021 Best Value Instructional Media Design Master’s Degree Schools in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best value schools for instructional media majors pursuing a master's degree.

Top 25 Best Schools for Affordable Quality for a Master's in Instructional Media

Our analysis found Concordia University, Irvine to be the best value school for instructional media design students who want to pursue a master’s degree in the United States. Concordia University, Irvine is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Irvine.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Concordia University, Irvine are $7,953 a year. Instructional Media majors at Concordia University, Irvine take out an average of $26,846 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $240.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Concordia University, Irvine also is in the top 15% of our Best Instructional Media Design Master’s Degree Schools ranking.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Brigham Young University - Provo. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best Value Instructional Media Design Master’s Degree Schools list. BYU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Provo.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at BYU are $7,290 a year.

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#3

University of Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls, SD

Out of the 195 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Sioux Falls landed the # 3 spot on the list. Located in the medium-sized city of Sioux Falls, University of Sioux Falls is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at University of Sioux Falls are $7,020 a year.

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A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Minnesota State University - Mankato is a great value for instructional media design students working on their master’s degree. Minnesota State Mankato is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Mankato.

Minnesota State Mankato graduate students pay an average of $8,474 in tuition and fees each year. While working on their Master's Degree, instructional media majors at Minnesota State Mankato accumulate an average of around $18,777 in student debt.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, Minnesota State Mankato also did well on our Best Instructional Media Design Master’s Degree Schools list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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Out of the 195 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Arizona State University - Skysong landed the # 5 spot on the list. ASU - Skysong is a very large public school located in the large city of Scottsdale.

ASU - Skysong graduate students pay an average of $6,592 in tuition and fees each year. Instructional Media majors at ASU - Skysong take out an average of $42,730 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree.

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#6

Brandman University

Irvine, CA

Brandman University came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Instructional Media Design Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Brandman is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Irvine.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Brandman are $12,320 per year.

Brandman excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Instructional Media Design Master’s Degree Schools list.

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#7

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, UT

Western Governors University came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Instructional Media Design Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the large suburb of Salt Lake City, WGU is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

WGU graduate students pay an average of $7,790 in tuition and fees each year. The average amount in student loans that instructional media majors at WGU take out while working on their Master's Degree is $13,917. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $135.

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Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value master’s degree instructional media design programs. SMU MN is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Winona.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at SMU MN are $9,180 a year. On average, instructional media graduates from SMU MN take out $19,456 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $187.

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Concordia University, Chicago

River Forest, IL

Concordia University, Chicago came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Instructional Media Design Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the large suburb of River Forest, Concordia University, Chicago is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

Concordia University, Chicago graduate students pay an average of $9,180 in tuition and fees each year. Instructional Media majors at Concordia University, Chicago take out an average of $19,093 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $210.

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Concordia University, Saint Paul did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for instructional media design students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #10 on the list. Located in the large city of Saint Paul, Concordia University, Saint Paul is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Concordia University, Saint Paul are $8,550 per year.

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The University of Tampa landed the #11 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value master’s degree instructional media design programs. UT is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Tampa.

UT graduate students pay an average of $11,546 in tuition and fees each year. The average amount in student loans that instructional media majors at UT take out while working on their Master's Degree is $30,908.

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#12

Wilmington University

New Castle, DE

Wilmington University came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Instructional Media Design Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of New Castle, Wilmington University is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Wilmington University are $8,834 a year. Instructional Media majors at Wilmington University take out an average of $23,173 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $198, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Northwest Missouri State University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for instructional media design students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #13 on the list. Northwest is a medium-sized public school located in the town of Maryville.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Northwest are $7,023 a year.

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MSU Texas

Wichita Falls, TX

MSU Texas landed the #14 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value master’s degree instructional media design programs. MSU Texas is a moderately-sized public school located in the midsize city of Wichita Falls.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at MSU Texas are $7,779 a year.

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Dakota State University

Madison, SD

Dakota State University came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Instructional Media Design Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the town of Madison, Dakota State is a public college with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Dakota State are $11,809 per year.

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Salem State University came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Instructional Media Design Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of Salem, Salem State is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Salem State are $10,175 per year.

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#17

Piedmont College

Demorest, GA

Piedmont College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for instructional media design students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #17 on the list. Piedmont College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Demorest.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Piedmont College are $10,334 per year. After completing their Master's Degree, instructional media graduates from Piedmont College carry an average student debtload of $27,742.

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With a ranking of #18, William Woods University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for instructional media design students working on their master’s degree. Located in the distant town of Fulton, William Woods is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at William Woods are $6,580 a year. The average amount in student loans that instructional media majors at William Woods take out while working on their Master's Degree is $17,933. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $216.

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Northern Illinois University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for instructional media design students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #19 on the list. Located in the suburb of Dekalb, NIU is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at NIU are $11,280 a year. The average amount in student loans that instructional media majors at NIU take out while working on their Master's Degree is $28,177. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $308, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#20

Saint Leo University

Saint Leo, FL

Saint Leo University ranked #20 on this year’s Best Value Instructional Media Design Master’s Degree Schools list. St. Leo University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Saint Leo.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at St. Leo University are $7,296 per year. The average amount in student loans that instructional media majors at St. Leo University take out while working on their Master's Degree is $51,993. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $657, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Western Illinois University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for instructional media design students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #21 on the list. WIU is a moderately-sized public school located in the town of Macomb.

WIU graduate students pay an average of $11,803 in tuition and fees each year. Instructional Media majors at WIU take out an average of $36,636 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree.

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Southern Illinois University Edwardsville landed the #22 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value master’s degree instructional media design programs. Located in the large suburb of Edwardsville, SIUE is a public college with a fairly large student population.

SIUE graduate students pay an average of $9,176 in tuition and fees each year.

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#23

Freed-Hardeman University

Henderson, TN

Freed-Hardeman University ranked #23 on this year’s Best Value Instructional Media Design Master’s Degree Schools list. FHU is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Henderson.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at FHU are $10,980 per year.

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University of South Dakota

Vermillion, SD

University of South Dakota landed the #24 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value master’s degree instructional media design programs. Located in the distant town of Vermillion, USD is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at USD are $12,637 a year.

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With a ranking of #25, The College of Saint Rose did quite well on this year’s best value schools for instructional media design students working on their master’s degree. Saint Rose is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Albany.

Saint Rose graduate students pay an average of $15,268 in tuition and fees each year.

In addition to its great value ranking, Saint Rose is in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Instructional Media Design Master’s Degree Schools list.

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Rest of the Top Best Value Instructional Media Design Master's Degree Schools

#27

Gardner - Webb University

Boiling Springs, NC
#28

Touro College

New York, NY
#29

Bridgewater State University

Bridgewater, MA
#29

University of Saint Joseph

West Hartford, CT

Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Value Instructional Media Design Master's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
31 Fort Hays State University Hays, KS
32 Southern Arkansas University Main Campus Magnolia, AR
33 Fairfield University Fairfield, CT
34 St. Thomas University Miami Gardens, FL
34 Aurora University Aurora, IL
36 Trevecca Nazarene University Nashville, TN
37 Marygrove College Detroit, MI
38 Missouri Baptist University Saint Louis, MO
39 Saint Joseph’s University Philadelphia, PA

Instructional Media Design by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

One of 14 majors within the area of study, instructional media design has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Educational Administration 43,584
Teacher Education Grade Specific 29,615
General Education 23,737
Special Education 20,510
Teacher Education Subject Specific 20,147

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 26 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Antanana.

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