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2021 Best Instructional Media Design Schools

266 Colleges
$52,602 Avg Salary
$31,700 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Instructional Media Design School for You

Instructional Media Design is one of the most popular majors in the nation, ranking 8th of all the majors we analyze. In 2018-2019, 7,063 degrees and certificates were awarded to students with this major.

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2021 Best Instructional Media Design Schools in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best for instructional media majors pursuing a .

Top 25 Top Schools in Instructional Media

#1

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

Our 2021 rankings named Johns Hopkins University the best school in the United States for instructional media design students. Located in the large city of Baltimore, Johns Hopkins is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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#2

Martin Luther College

New Ulm, MN

The excellent programs at Martin Luther College helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best instructional media design schools in the United States. Located in the town of New Ulm, MLC is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Delaware. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Instructional Media Design Schools list. U of Delaware is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Newark.

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#4

Brandman University

Irvine, CA

The excellent programs at Brandman University helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best instructional media design schools in the United States. Brandman is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Irvine.

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#5

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA

A rank of #5 on this year’s list means Lehigh University is a great place for instructional media design students. Lehigh is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Bethlehem.

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With a ranking of #6, Concordia University - Irvine did quite well on this year’s best schools for instructional media design students. Concordia University Irvine is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Irvine.

The average amount in student loans that instructional media majors at Concordia University Irvine take out is $20,598. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $240, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#7

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Harvard University landed the #7 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best instructional media design programs. Harvard is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Cambridge.

On average, instructional media graduates from Harvard take out $20,500 in student loans while working on their degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $239.

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The College of Saint Scholastica landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best instructional media design programs. Located in the city of Duluth, St. Scholastica is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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University of Maryland - Baltimore County landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best instructional media design programs. Located in the suburb of Baltimore, UMBC is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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Iowa State University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for instructional media design students. It came in at #10 on the list. Iowa State is a very large public school located in the small city of Ames.

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#11

Fairfield University

Fairfield, CT

Fairfield University came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Instructional Media Design Schools ranking. Fairfield U is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Fairfield.

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With a ranking of #12, West Chester University of Pennsylvania did quite well on this year’s best schools for instructional media design students. Located in the suburb of West Chester, WCUPA is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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#13

McDaniel College

Westminster, MD

McDaniel College landed the #13 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best instructional media design programs. Located in the suburb of Westminster, McDaniel is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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#14

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

George Mason University landed the #14 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best instructional media design programs. Located in the large suburb of Fairfax, GMU is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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University of Minnesota - Duluth ranked #15 on this year’s Best Instructional Media Design Schools list. Located in the city of Duluth, UMN Duluth is a public college with a large student population.

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University of Massachusetts - Boston came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Instructional Media Design Schools ranking. UMass Boston is a fairly large public school located in the city of Boston.

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#17

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

With a ranking of #17, University of Pennsylvania did quite well on this year’s best schools for instructional media design students. UPenn is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Philadelphia.

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#18

Lone Star College System

The Woodlands, TX

Lone Star College System ranked #18 on this year’s Best Instructional Media Design Schools list. North Harris Montgomery is a fairly large public school located in the city of The Woodlands.

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#19

Manhattan College

Riverdale, NY

With a ranking of #19, Manhattan College did quite well on this year’s best schools for instructional media design students. Located in the city of Riverdale, Manhattan is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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#20

Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, MI

Central Michigan University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for instructional media design students. It came in at #20 on the list. Located in the town of Mount Pleasant, Central Michigan is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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#21

George Washington University

Washington, DC

George Washington University landed the #21 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best instructional media design programs. Located in the city of Washington, GWU is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

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#22

Stockton University

Galloway, NJ

Stockton University came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Best Instructional Media Design Schools ranking. Located in the midsize suburb of Galloway, Stockton State is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

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#23

Wilkes University

Wilkes-Barre, PA

Wilkes University landed the #23 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best instructional media design programs. Wilkes is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Wilkes-Barre.

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#24

Bemidji State University

Bemidji, MN

With a ranking of #24, Bemidji State University did quite well on this year’s best schools for instructional media design students. Bemidji State University is a small public school located in the remote town of Bemidji.

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#25

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA

James Madison University ranked #25 on this year’s Best Instructional Media Design Schools list. JMU is a fairly large public school located in the city of Harrisonburg.

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Rest of the Top Best Instructional Media Design Schools

#26

University of Rochester

Rochester, NY
#28

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA
#30

Boston University

Boston, MA
#31

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY
#34

Quinnipiac University

Hamden, 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 Instructional Media Design Schools award.

Rank College Location
35 Saint Joseph’s University Philadelphia, PA
36 Seattle Pacific University Seattle, WA
37 University of Saint Joseph West Hartford, CT
38 New York University New York, NY
39 Teachers College at Columbia University New York, NY
40 The University of Tampa Tampa, FL
41 Temple University Philadelphia, PA
42 Molloy College Rockville Centre, NY
43 Minnesota State University - Mankato Mankato, MN
44 Pepperdine University Malibu, CA
45 William Paterson University of New Jersey Wayne, NJ
46 Asbury University Wilmore, KY

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 teaching area of study, instructional media design has other similar majors worth exploring.

Instructional Media Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
Educational/Instructional Technology 7,063

Related Major Annual Graduates
Teacher Education Grade Specific 100,925
Educational Administration 44,381
Teacher Education Subject Specific 43,516
General Education 31,066
Special Education 30,639

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • 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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