Why ODU for Instructional Design and Technology?

Experts in instructional design and technology are in demand in every industry that relies on training, education or continuing education. ODU's rigorous program will give you a solid grounding in instructional design, cognitive theory, research, and practical application. You'll graduate prepared to meet current and future challenges for employers ranging from the military to healthcare to education itself.

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

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

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Enhance Your Degree

You also have the opportunity to earn a Modeling and Simulation certificate in Education & Training as part of this degree.

The four courses required for the certificate will teach you techniques and design using simulation and gaming in education.

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Top Affordable Online PhD in Educational Technology, 2021
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Best Online Doctorate in Educational Technology, 2022
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Required Courses

  • 60 credit hours

You will take core classes in instructional design and technology 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, you may want to consider our master’s program 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$571 per credit hour*
  • Out-of-state Students$595 per credit hour

Rates are effective Summer 2022 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 or equivalent and prior coursework in statistics and instructional technology. If you do not have a master’s degree (most fields are acceptable), then you may want to consider our master’s program 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.

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.