Instructional Design & Development Ph.D. Program

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Ph.D. in Instructional Design and Development

A PhD in Instructional Design and Development will provide you will a wide range of highly marketable skills and knowledge to analyze, design, develop, implement, and evaluate instruction. While many PhD graduates go on to teach at the college and university levels, you can also work in business and industry, the military, government, health care, P-12 settings, and private consulting.

Doctoral graduates are employed as Instructional Designers, Training Development Specialists, Curriculum Developers, University Faculty, P-12 Teachers, Administrators, Consultants, along with many other jobs. Your skills and knowledge will enable you to choose from a variety of employment settings in which you will be a leader. There is also a growing trend in telecommuting positions where you can work from home with the full benefits of an on-site job.

Instructional Design combines academic theory and practical applications in instructional development. It is an active and growing field focused on the research, design, and development of effective training and instruction. Practitioners use their skills to create effective technology-rich learning environments, instructional modules, training sessions, and more. Researchers explore how people learn, how technology can support instruction, and many other areas related to instruction. Graduates are in high demand and the job opportunities are excellent. 


Applications for the Instructional Design and Development PhD program are reviewed throughout the year. The official deadlines are below but we do accept applications up until the first week before the semester begins. You are encouraged to get your application in early.

  • Fall admission - June 15
  • Spring admission - December 1
  • Summer admission - May 1

Admission Requirements

1. A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education documented on an official transcript from degree granting institution.

2. Official transcripts from all institutions attended.

Official Transcripts from all university, college, and post-secondary institutions you attended must be mailed to:
University of South Alabama Transcript Processing Center
P.O. Box 9218
Watertown, MA 02471

(Note: Students who attended and/or graduated from the University of South Alabama are not required to submit a USA transcript.)

3. GPA Requirement: 

  • Regular Admission–requires a minimal grade-point-average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale based on GPA calculated from degree granting institution.
  • Provisional Admission–requires a minimal grade-point-average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale based on GPA calculated from degree granting institution; or 2.75 GPA based on the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate coursework; or a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Test score or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) score at or above the 50th percentile.

4. Official GRE or MAT exam scores.

5. A two-page narrative from the applicant indicating the applicant’s goal(s) and purpose(s) for pursuing a doctorate in Instructional Design and Development, and how the program matches the applicant’s career goals. (Upload within application.)

6. A curriculum vitae or resume with a chronology of professional employment. (Upload within application.)

7. Three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant’s academic and/or professional abilities. In addition, the letters should reference the applicant’s scholarly potential and suitability for successfully completing a PhD.

To apply - click here to get to the Admissions login page.


Program Coordinator:

 James Van Haneghan, PhD

 Ph. (251)-380-2760

jvanhane@southalabama.edu