Admission Requirements & Deadlines

  • Successful completion of a master’s degree in instructional technology or related field from a regionally accredited college or university**.
  • An overall GPA of 3.00 or above for undergraduate degree work is required. Graduate work should be at a GPA level of 3.75, though GPAs as low as 3.40 can be considered.
  • For international students, a TOEFL score of 100, IELTS 7.0 overall with a 7.0 in each section is required.
  • Interview may be required upon the request of the Admissions Committee of the Instructional Technology faculty.
  • Letter of intent describing professional goals in seeking the degree, areas of interest/specialization and why the candidate sees the program as a good fit for him/her.
  • GRE general scores in analytic, quantitative and verbal areas. The GRE cannot be waived.
  • Letters of recommendation from two professionals, including one from a professional familiar with the academic work of the candidate. Only letters on organizational letterhead will be accepted. Only letters on organizational letterhead will be accepted. 
  • Academic writing sample (APA Format)
  • Digital learning sample and reflection paper that demonstrates the integration of technology into the applicant’s field of expertise (such as instruction or training)
  • Optional supplemental material: Resume/vitae

Application materials are reviewed by the admission committee using a competitive review process. In reviewing applications, the committee will seek evidence of prerequisite knowledge in the following areas: instructional design, educational psychology, research design and statistics. Students who do not have this prerequisite knowledge may be asked to complete one credit-directed reading activity to improve background knowledge and help prepare for doctoral course work.

A limited number of students are accepted into the doctoral program each year in order to maintain a low student-to-faculty ratio. Application materials must be submitted in full by the following deadlines for consideration of acceptance for fall and spring terms:

  • Fall admission: May 1
  • Spring admission: November 1

Non-immigrant international students: See additional admission information in International Graduate Admissions.

**See Exceptions to Policy in Graduate Admissions.