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Instructional Systems Technology

School of Education

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Degree Offered

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree is offered through the University Graduate School. In addition, the School of Education offers the Master of Science (M.S.) in Education, the Specialist in Education (Ed.S.), and the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degrees. For details, see the School of Education Graduate Bulletin.

Doctor of Philosophy Degree

Fields of Study

Instructional Systems Technology

Plan of Studies

The Ph.D. degree with a major in education is pursued under the direction of a committee appointed by the University Graduate School and the School of Education. As with other Graduate School doctoral programs, a minimum of 90 credit hours of course work is required. This includes a major (selected from the fields of study listed previously), a minor, a series of research courses, and a dissertation. Written and oral qualifying examinations are taken following course work; a final oral defense of the dissertation completes the program. Up to 30 credit hours of graduate course work may be transferred from other universities, with the approval of the advisory committee and the Graduate Studies Office.


Admission recommendations are made by program area and School of Education admission committees and are based on graduate and undergraduate grades (especially in academic courses), scores on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), and letters of recommendation. The TOEFL examination is required for all international applicants. Online applications may be accessed through the School of Education Office of Graduate Studies Web site at the above URL.

Students earning a Ph.D. degree in education must fulfill all requirements of the University Graduate School (as found in this bulletin) and of the School of Education (as found in the School of Education Graduate Bulletin). 

Ph.D. in Instructional Systems Technology

For more information about this degree, please visit the degree page.

Degree Requirements (90 cr.)

Major Requirements (42 cr.)

These courses must be approved on the Plan of Studies by the student’s doctoral advisory committee, Department Chair, and the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies. The courses in the major should include:

Instructional Systems Technology Core (18 cr.)
Instructional Systems Technology Electives (24 cr.)

Inquiry Requirements (9 cr.)

The Inquiry Core includes a survey course in research methodologies, and beginning courses in statistics, measurement, program evaluation, or in ethnographic, qualitative, quantitative, and historical research methods. Inquiry Core courses are to lay a rudimentary methodological foundation for applied inquiry courses in the major, and for dissertation research.

Minor Requirements (12 cr.)

The minor must have integrity in its own right and must complement the major. The minor field must demonstrate wholeness within itself and contribute to the student's overall doctoral program. Minors are normally formulated within a single program area. However, an interdisciplinary or individualized minor is also possible. Interdisciplinary or individualized minors require a written description of the minor's underlying theme along with a rationale for each course's contribution to that theme through the Minor Justification form. This form should be submitted and approved by the Graduate Studies Office prior to enrolling in the minor courses. Major area courses may not be used in the minor.

Foundations Requirements (6 cr.)

Options here include any School of Education courses outside of IST. These courses typically are in the areas of educational psychology and educational foundations.

Elective Requirements (6 cr.)

Options here include any graduate-level courses approved by the student’s doctoral advisory committee.

Dissertation Requirements (15 cr.)

R795 Dissertation Proposal Preparation (3 cr.)
R799 Doctoral Dissertation in Instructional Systems Technology (12 cr.) 

Ph.D. Minor in Adult Education                                                                                                                                                     

The minor in Adult Education is a 12-credit hour minor designed to meet the needs of PhD students in all areas of the IU School of Education and other degrees on campus.

Minor Requirements (12 cr. minimum)

Required Courses (9 cr.)

Select three courses from the following:

D500 Introduction to Adult Education Theory (3 cr.)
D505 Adult Learning through the Lifespan (3 cr.)
D506 Adult Education Planning and Development (3 cr.)
D512 Seminar in Forms and Forces in Adult Education (3 cr.)

Additional Required Courses (3 cr. minimum)

Select at least one course from the following:

D600 Seminar in Teaching-Learning Transaction in Adult Education (3 cr.)
D625 Topical Seminar in Adult Education (3 cr.)

One relevant course(s) from other departments or programs may be counted as adult education courses at the discretion of the minor advisor, though no more than one such course may be counted toward the 12 credit minimum.

The doctoral minor in Adult Education does not require a minor qualifying exam.                       

Ph.D. Minor in Instructional Systems Technology

The Instructional Systems Technology Doctoral minor is designed for individuals seeking to expand their knowledge of the field of instructional technology during their doctoral coursework.

Minor Requirements (12 cr.)

R711 Readings in Instructional Technology (3 cr.)
Three additional courses in Instructional Systems Technology (9 cr.)

Options here include all Instructional Systems Technology courses, as approved by the student’s doctoral advisory committee.

The doctoral minor in Instructional Systems Technology does not require a minor qualifying exam.

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