Doctor of Philosophy

Admission Requirements

Before you start the application process, it is important to review all related information on this Ph.D. website as well as application information on the USF Graduate Admissions website. Additional information regarding applications to the College of Education are available at the College of Education Graduate Support Office website.

  1. Complete your application online at the USF Graduate Admissions. 
  2. After completing the application, send original transcripts and GRE scores to the Graduate Admissions Office, FAO 174, University of South Florida, 4202 East Fowler Avenue, Tampa, FL 33620-6900. 
  3. The Ph.D. that focuses on Instructional Technology falls under the "umbrella" of Curriculum and Instruction. When you apply, be sure to indicate that you are seeking a Ph.D. with a Major in Curriculum and Instruction and a Concentration in Instructional Technology.
  4. After your application materials are complete, the Graduate Admissions office will forward your application to the program. If your application looks promising, you'll be invited for an on-campus or Skype interview with the Instructional Technology faculty.
  5. Once admitted, you will work with your major professor in Instructional Technology to structure your program of study and your committee. 

If you have questions about your application, contact Todd Boyd. If you have questions about the courses or the program, contact Dr. Yiping Lou in the Instructional Technology program.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Ph.D. Program with concentration in Instructional Technology is very competitive. Simply meeting the basic admission criteria does not guarantee admission.

In order to be admitted to the program, you must have the following minimum qualifications:

  1. Meet all general requirements for the College of Education.
  2. Hold a Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education (or international equivalent).
  3. An undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in upper division level undergraduate coursework or a GPA of 3.5 at the Master's level.
  4. Three favorable academic and professional recommendations (submitted to the program coordinator of the program of interest, or the Coordinator of Graduate Studies for the department).

In addition, all applicants must meet the following Instructional Technology program-specific requirements:

  1. Hold a Master's degree in a field related to Instructional Technology.
  2. Submit official (sealed in an envelope or recorded on transcript) Graduate Record Examination Verbal, Quantitative, & Analytical Writing sub scores.  Required mean scores can be found on the GRE scale.
  3. Provide an appropriate written statement of Professional and Research Goals.
  4. Provide a Curriculum Vitae (CV) that documents professional experiences related to teaching and learning.
  5. Demonstrate substantial expertise in these areas of Instructional Technology:   

Application Deadlines

Admissions are made for the fall and spring semesters only. There are no admissions accepted for the summer semester. Any applications submitted for admittance for a summer semester will be held until the following fall semester before being reviewed.

Applicants are responsible for submitting applications before the appropriate program or university application deadlines. Applications are considered "on time" if they are received by the Office of Graduate Admissions on or before the appropriate deadline.

Application Deadlines by Semester:

*Deadline for applications seeking graduate fellowships: January 15 for Fall semester admission only.

Submission of applications after these dates may result in your acceptance into the program being delayed until the next semester.

All applications are held until the respective deadline dates have passed. Approximately 30 days after each deadline, applications are evaluated and processed based upon available spaces in the program and the competitive transcripts and test scores submitted by applicants. All applicants will be notified via email to inform them of their status after the evaluation process is complete. 

Financial Aid

You may be eligible for various types of financial aid (see USF Financial Aid website). 

Scholarships and Fellowships

There are a number of scholarships and fellowships available for graduate study through the central Financial Aid Office. Scholarships and fellowships are awards made based on outstanding credentials. An overview of these opportunities can be found at the Office of Graduate Studies. Tuition waivers may be available to graduate students as part of a scholarship or fellowship.


Applicants and currently enrolled graduate students can be considered for research, administrative, and teaching assistantships. Assistantships, unlike scholarships and fellowships, require a teaching, research or administrative assignment, and therefore the student must have the credentials and prior experiences to perform the tasks.

In addition, graduate assistantships are awarded by the Florida Center for Instructional Technology, the iTeach Lounge, and the Department of Educational and Psychological Studies. These assistantships require research, teaching, or administrative service totaling approximately 20 hours per week. Tuition waivers may also be available to graduate students as part of an assistantship.