The Idaho State Graduate School Admission Requirements:
Admission to the Instructional Design Ph.D. program is based on a cohort model. Cohort cycles depend on the start date of the particular cohort (contact department chair for specific details). However, there is a specific sequencing of curriculum, and this may strongly influence an individual’s start date. Applications for cohort admission are accepted at any time, in accordance with the deadlines set by the Graduate School. Every effort is made to accommodate the doctoral program of study for non-cohort students who enroll in full-time doctoral studies. In addition to the Graduate School general requirements, individuals applying for admission to the Instructional Design Ph.D. program will be reviewed using the following criteria for admission. Preference will be given to applicants who have:
- A master's degree in instructional technology, instructional design, or a related field.
- An academic record of at least 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) in the last two years of undergraduate course work and 3.5 GPA at the graduate level.
- Submitted a current curriculum vitae.
- Submitted a letter of application that makes clear the candidate's interest in, and suitability for, this program.
- Successfully interviewed with faculty from the Graduate Department of Educational Leadership and Instructional Design.
- Successfully completed a proctored writing sample.
- In addition to the above, international students must meet Graduate School requirements for admission, including evidence of English language capabilities at the graduate studies level.
Graduates with a degree in instructional design and technology could be qualified for the following types of positions:
- Instruction Development Specialist/Director
- Organizational Development professional
- Instruction Coordinator
- Facility Manager
- Software Developer
- Curriculum Designer
- Instruction Technology Specialist
Job Placement and Salaries
As a field of study and career, instructional design and technology has a bright outlook. The current outlook includes:
- 28% increase in annual job growth over the next decade
- 38th best job in America according to CNN Money
- One of the best jobs in higher education according to Inside Higher ED
- Average salaries, according to the government’s Occupational Outlook Handbook, for an Instructional Coordinator is $70,560 and the median income Instructional Designers working in the healthcare field is $93,870.