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Application Deadlines


The Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences (ITLS) Department accepts master's students twice a year and PhD students once a year.

If received after the deadline, applications may be reviewed, but qualified students will be accepted on a space-available basis only.

The application process is detailed below.

Graduate Degree
Application Deadline
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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) January 6th Fall
Master's Programs (MEd, MA, MS) April 1st Fall
Master's Programs (MEd, MA, MS) October 15th Spring

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For more information about our programs (courses, paths, campus life, funding), see our prospective students page.


Prospective Students

Undergraduate Programs and Other Offerings

Check out the new proposed Bachelor of Science Degree in Technology, Design, and Interaction.

The Multimedia Development Minor or the School Library Media Administration (SLMA) Endorsement are available for undergraduates. The SLMA Endorsement is available for graduate students.

Application Process and Information

How/Where to Apply

To apply, you must create an account and start your application at the School of Graduate Studies website. You will submit your application on that page.

Our department-specific requirements our found in the next section.

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All application materials must be received prior to the deadline. Once all application material is submitted, your application will be forwarded to the ITLS Department for review.

Department Admission Requirement

Below is a list of department-specific requirements for admission to the ITLS graduate programs.

For a detailed list of university-level requirements, visit the School of Graduate Studies website.

  • A bachelor's or master's degree
    • By the time you start the program
  • GPA: 3.0 or higher
    • The last 60 credits (semester-based)
    • The last 90 credits (quarter-based)
  • Admissions tests: 40th percentile
  • TOEFL or IELTS (international students only)
    • More details are below
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A writing sample
    • More details are below
  • Statement of purpose
    • This should be included with the graduate school application
    • More details are below

Writing Sample Specifications

  • PhD and MS: An ideal writing sample is a research paper where you cite references to support your claims. Writing samples that include a research design, data collection, and analysis with presentation of results or findings are even better, although not necessarily required. An honors thesis, report, theory paper or anything that demonstrates your academic writing skills is a good fallback.
  • MA, MEd and EdS: Anything that demonstrates your skill or potential in academic writing makes for a good sample. Academic papers work well. A lesson plan, design document, evaluation report or other professional documents are a good fallback.

Statement of Purpose Specifications

Applications through the graduate school require an essay, asking you to "write a statement of your specific reasons for wanting to attend graduate school." The graduate schools asks you to, "describe your experience and qualifications for advanced study."

This is your opportunity to tell the faculty admissions committee why you wish to seek this degree at USU, and about your career plans. Tell us how your background and experiences uniquely qualify you for graduate study. For doctoral students, it is recommended you describe the research or inquiry areas that you are interested in.

TOEFL and IELTS: International Students

International students must take the TOEFL or IELTS.

Two years attendance at an English-speaking college or university can replace this requirement (e.g., the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand or Australia).

  • Passing TOEFL:
      • Internet based - 79
      • Computer based - 214
      • Paper based - 550
  • Passing IELTS:
      • Overall score - 6
      • Subscale scores - 5

Multimedia Development Minor

The Multimedia Development Minor can be added to any major. This minor is for anyone interested in developing multimedia production or design skills. This minor is especially useful to students interested in developing computer-based instructional media.

To apply, students must fill out and sign our Multimedia Development Minor Planning Sheet and Information Form. Turn it in at the Emma Eccles Jones Education Building, room 215.

For more information, see the Multimedia Development Minor page.

School Library Media Administration

The School Library Media Administration Program can be taken as an undergradaute minor or as a graduates endorsement. The School Library Media Administration Program is designed for those interested in working in a school library media center, public or private. The program includes all the course work and practicum experiences necessary to apply for the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) library media K-12 endorsement. Those seeking the USBE endorsement must have, or be working toward a current and valid Utah teaching license. You can still go through the course work without applying for the USBE endorsement.

To apply, you must first be admitted as a student to USU. If you have not been admitted, start with the undergraduate online application process or the graduate online application process.

Only the Endoresement

If you already have a degree (including a graduate degree) and only want the USBE endoresement, apply to USU as an undergraduate. Do not use the graduate school application unless you seeking for a graduate degree. One of the items on the undergraduate application asks for the reason you are applying to USU. If you choose the certificate/endorsement option, the application fee is waived.

Once you are a USU student, you will work with your program advisor to complete the appropriate course work. For more information see the SLMA page.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • Where can I find more information about your programs?
    • The prospective students page is the best place to start. Faculty in the Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences Department conduct research in such as instructional design theory and application, innovative science teaching methods, distance education, adult education, digital libraries, instructional game design, simulations, virtual tutors, educational psychology, technology in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education, and so much more.
  • Do you offer funding, like assistanships, fellowships or scholarships?
  • Do you offer degrees online?
  • Do you offer undergraduate degrees?
  • Can I meet or talk with professors directly before applying?
  • How soon can I start?
    • Once you apply (see the application deadlines above), and if you are accepted, you will start at the beginning of the Spring or Fall semester, depending on your application date. The Fall semester starts at the end of August. The Spring semester starts at the beginning of January.
  • What type of undegraduate degree do I need in to apply to the ITLS graduate programs?
    • We are a multidisciplinary field and accept applicants from all degrees and majors.
  • How long do your graduate programs take?
    • You can go at your own pace. Graduate students usually take two to three classes per semester. Master's students typically finish within two to three years. PhD students typically finish within four to six years.