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Experts in instructional design and technology are in demand in every industry that relies on training, education or continuing education, from the military to healthcare to education itself. Our rigorous IDT program provides you with a solid grounding in instructional design, cognitive theory, research, and practical application to meet current and future challenges in this field.

Our program offers the flexibility for you to pursue your individual interests, such as:

  • Instructional Design
  • Instructional Message Design
  • Distance Education
  • Evaluation & Assessment
  • Design of Technology-Mediated Instruction
  • Human Performance Technology
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Research

You also have the opportunity to earn a Modeling and Simulation certificate in Education & Training as part of this degree. The four courses in the certificate will provide you with a fundamental understanding of modeling and simulation techniques coupled with targeted coursework in the design and use of simulation and gaming technologies for instructional settings.

Upon graduation, you will earn a Ph.D. in Education with a concentration in Instructional Design & Technology.

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Required Courses

  • 60 credit hours

You will take core classes in IDT research, choose courses in an area of focus, and complete a dissertation. Prior course work in statistics and instructional technology is assumed. 

This Ph.D. is a post-master’s degree. If you do not have a master’s degree (most fields are acceptable), then you may want to consider our master’s degree in Instructional Design & Technology.

Talk to an advisor to determine if you have credits that will transfer. 

Online Learning Environment

Participate in live, regularly scheduled online class meetings and access course materials online from any location. All courses follow ODU's regular academic calendar.

Calculating Cost

  • In-state Virginia Residents$547 per credit hour*
  • Out-of-state Students$595 per credit hour

Rates are effective Summer 2019 and subject to change.
* In-state rate assumes residency requirements are met.

Careers in Instructional Design & Technology

Note: earning a degree from ODU does not guarantee employment in the positions listed above. Explore more career information on our Career Coach website.

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How to Apply

To apply, you should have a master's degree. If you do not have a master’s degree (most fields are acceptable), then you may want to consider our master’s degree in Instructional Design & Technology.

Admission decisions are based on several criteria. Depending on the number of students we can admit to the program, the minimum acceptable scores on the GRE may vary. For more details, please visit the department's website.

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You may be able to take up to four courses (12 credit hours) as a non-degree graduate student, before you are accepted into a specific degree program. 

Please contact us to discuss this option with an expert advisor.

Meet your Team

You'll have a dedicated academic advisor for this program.

Contact us if you have questions about admission requirements, transferring credits, or application deadlines.