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Doctor of Philosophy

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What the Degree is About

The Doctor of Philosophy program focuses on research and theory building in instructional technology and learning sciences. It is comprised of core, methods, practicum, dissertation, and elective courses. It is to the advantage of students to work with a faculty advisor/chair to determine a program of study early in their experience.

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree program is intended for students who wish to be better prepared to (a) fulfill roles as college and university researchers and teachers in education and corporate training fields; (b) conduct and direct research and development activities in public or private educational agencies or in the corporate sector.

Degree Requirements

The PhD requires 43 or more semester credits beyond the master's degree. Doctoral programs must be completed within eight years of matriculation. A PhD student holding a master’s degree in a field other than Instructional Technology or Learning Sciences will be required to complete or account for the Master’s core with the exception of 6510 (up to 9 credits), resulting in a 52 credit program. A PhD student who does not have a master’s degree will be required to complete a 70 credit PhD, including the ITLS master core classes.

The PhD requires a minimum of 33 semester credits completed through USU from an approved program of study. Students must also fulfill Doctoral Residency Requirements. Residency requirements can me found in the general catalog under: Graduate Degree Requirements.

To increase the probability of successful completion, we urge students, whenever possible, to spend a minimum of two years on campus. For Utah Residency please see: USU Residency Information. Admittance to the Instructional Technology & Learning Sciences PhD program is prerequisite to enrolling in any required PhD core courses.

Maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for all USU ITLS graduate degrees.


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