Ph.D. in Instructional Technology

About the Program

Our Ph.D. in Instructional Technology prepares you for leadership roles in research and development of new knowledge and applications in instructional technology. Explore issues and advances in performance, instruction, computer-based and distance-learning environments. We stress competence and originality as we build on the practical competencies of your master’s program to prepare you to integrate theory and skills as the base for original research. 

Our graduates organize theory and research; employ appropriate research methodologies; synthesize past experiences and training in instructional technology applications; and use those backgrounds in the development of theoretical constructs for new or better applications. They work in all levels of education, industry and government as well as the nonprofit sector.

Program Mode of Delivery

Program modalities are flexible and designed to accommodate both full-time and part-time students. All coursework can be taken fully online, blended or in-person as we do not differentiate on-campus or online students.


To complete the degree, you’ll compete at least 63 credit hours, including the 15-hour dissertation and at least nine credit hours of optional cognate coursework agreed on between you and your advisory committee.

Applying to the Program

You’ll need to submit your application to the Graduate School; your official transcripts; three letters of recommendation; a written statement of your goals; and an academic writing sample. Start your application now.


Visit the Department of Educational Technology, Research and Assessment faculty and staff directory to learn more about the professionals whose work has earned the NIU College of Education continual high rankings from U.S. News & World Report.

Why NIU Online?

We know you have responsibilities and commitments. It's just easier if you're able to take classes where you are without the commute. The good news is that with NIU, you're not alone. Your classmates and instructors are available via the same technology that helps deliver your classes. In our classrooms or in your living room, we want you to succeed academically because your future is our focus.

Program Type: Online Ph.D.
College: College of Education
Credits Required: At least 63
Tuition per Credit: $545.00 (Learn more about tuition and fees)

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Judy Puskar, Academic Program Advisor

Application Deadlines

For applicants residing in the U.S.

Term Deadline
Fall August 14
Spring December 4

For international students living abroad

Term Deadline
Fall October 1
Spring December 1


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