Ed.D. in Instructional Systems Technology (Online)

Instructional Systems Technology

Ed.D. in Instructional Systems Technology (Online)

Bridge the gap between research and practice as you help develop performance technology

You’ll learn how to apply research findings to build and test processes, products, and services with the goal of producing instructional materials for education, training, or performance improvement environments.

You'll also gain experience you can use to conduct needs analysis of target audiences and measure the effectiveness of instructional products and solutions.

  • Application Deadlines
    Starting SemesterDeadline
    Fall Jan 15
    International students are encouraged to apply early to allow extra time for their materials to arrive.
  • Admissions Requirements

    In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Graduate Studies Office will accept unofficial transcripts and self-reported test scores for admission reviews. Any admission made with these documents would be conditioned on receipt of official documents, which should be provided as soon as possible.

    1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
    2. Master’s degree from an accredited institution
    3. Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 out of 4.00
    4. Completed online application that includes:
      • Transcripts
      • Personal statement
      • Two letters of recommendation
      • GRE scores are not required for applicants who have obtained a 3.75 GPA or higher for their masters degree coursework from an accredited U.S. institution.
      • Resume (international students only)
      • Minimum 79 TOEFL score or minimum 6.5 IELTS score (international students only)

    Learn more about specific admissions requirements

  • Program Requirements
  • Funding
    • Learn about the variety of fellowships and assistantships that are available to graduate students.
    • Visit Student Central for information about financial assistance.
    • Consult your employer about the availability of tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance programs.
    • Active duty military, veterans, and military families should visit the Center for Veteran and Military Students to take full advantage of available financial assistance and educational benefits.
  • Careers

    A degree in instructional systems technology has applications not just in educational settings, but in corporations, government, military, and nonprofit organizations. As a graduate, you’ll be prepared to solve instructional problems and to tackle human performance issues, from training factory workers to use new equipment to developing a change management plan for introducing new management practices in a global company.

    Some career options include:

    • E-learning developer
    • Instructional designer
    • Corporate trainer
    • Researcher
    • Professor
    • Education content developer
    • School or university administrator

This 60-hour degree prepares you to take on management or leadership roles in organizations where instructional and performance technology is a key part of their mission.

Applicants must have a master's degree from an accredited institution. While course work is delivered primarily online, students will be required to attend the IST Annual Conference held in the spring during the first year they are in the program.

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