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Instructional Design, Development and Evaluation, Ph.D.

The Instructional Design, Development and Evaluation doctoral program requires a minimum of 90 graduate credits beyond the undergraduate degree, and at least 9 credits of dissertation work. Coursework and research is typically completed in 3-4 years of full-time study. Part-time study is also available for students working, including full-time teaching positions.

Students will take a minimum of 51 credits of instructional design or related area coursework. This includes a set of depth core courses, and master’s degree equivalent courses that will be transferred in or taken prior to beginning the doctoral program. Coursework areas may include:

  • The Nature and Design of Inquiry
  • Modeling and Simulations in Education
  • Motivation in Instructional Design
  • Educational Media Theory and Research
  • Design and Management of Distance Education
  • Methods and Techniques for Teaching and Training Adults

Other Requirements

  • 30 credits in research methodology and data analysis including both quantitative and qualitative methods.
  • Research apprenticeship, typically in the context of a required or elective course or as an independent study with the student’s advisor. This mentored research experience often leads to a professional co-authored publication.
  • Portfolio review or examination after at least 45 credits of doctoral work.
  • Residency activities, possibly including presentations, publications, service work, or networking.
  • Doctoral Qualifying Exam.
  • Dissertation proposal, writing, submission, and defense (within 5 years of exam).

More information on academic requirements available in the Syracuse University Course Catalog.