Ph.D. in Instructional Systems Technology

Instructional Systems Technology

Ph.D. in Instructional Systems Technology

This degree will prepare you to discover new knowledge through research and answer questions about practical problems through applied research.

Graduate typically teach or conduct research at a university or work as researchers within private or public research and development centers.

  • 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. Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 out of 4.00
    3. Completed online application that includes:
      • Transcripts
      • Personal statement
      • Two letters of recommendation
      • GRE scores
      • 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

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.

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