Instructional Design & Development Ph.D. Program

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PhD 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. 

Admission Requirements

Applications for the Instructional Design and Development PhD program are reviewed throughout the year. Requirements for admission are (in addition to the general Graduate School Standards):

  1. A completed application for admission to the Graduate School.
  2. One official copy of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.  
  5. Results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), including the Analytical Writing component or the MAT exam.
  6. A resume with a chronology of professional employment.

 Applications, transcripts, letters, and all supporting materials should be submitted to the USA Office of Admissions, 2500 Meisler Hall, 390 Alumni Circle, Mobile, Alabama 36688-0002. 

Application Submission Deadlines

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 - April 1

 The final admission decision involves evaluation of the following: grade-point average, GRE or MAT scores, letters of recommendation, applicant’s statement of career goal(s) and purpose(s), professional experience, and program enrollment availability. 


Program Coordinator:

 James Van Haneghan, PhD

 Ph. (251)-380-2760

jvanhane@southalabama.edu