Degrees & Programs
Instructional Systems Technology
Ph.D. in Instructional Systems Technology
The Instructional Systems Technology Doctor of Philosophy degree program is designed for individuals seeking to be researchers in the field of instructional technology. The IST program prepares Ph.D. students to discover new knowledge through basic research and answer specific questions about practical problems through applied research. Ph.D. program graduates typically conduct research and teach in university settings or work as researchers within private or public research and development centers involved in instructional technology.
The IST Ph.D. program is a 90-credit-hour (minimum) graduate program. In order to begin the Ph.D. program, an individual must have completed a bachelor's degree program from an accredited institution. Work completed towards a master's degree may apply toward meeting the 90-credit-hour requirement. Post-master's degree work may also apply. Decisions regarding the transfer of courses taken as part of master's and post- master's work depends upon the applicability and age of each course. Decisions are made on a case-by-case basis.
Doctoral applicants are expected to have a master's degree in our field, but can be admitted without one. Students admitted without a master's degree in IST are required to complete the IST masters core (R511, R521, R541, R561) early in their program of studies. All doctoral students are expected to study full time and to be active members of the academic community.
Prerequisites: Computer Competencies
Macintosh or Windows word processing, graphics, operating systems, general understanding of how computers work, email, file transfer, information retrieval, scanning, and Web publishing.