Instructional Psychology and Technology
Application Deadlines
Fall:January 2
Spring:January 2
Contact Information: 
150 MCKB
Program Requirements: 

The PhD program prepares students to assume positions of leadership in instructional design and evaluation. Graduates may take positions as faculty at colleges and universities, direct other instructional designers in private or public institutions, or work as an individual consultant.

The instructional psychology and technology doctoral program is designed for full-time study. All PhD students will be required to complete the equivalent of 15 credits per year to remain enrolled in the program (prior to completing non-dissertation coursework).

Requirements for Degree.

  • Credit hours (minimum 72): 54 course work hours plus 18 dissertation hours (IP&T 799R).
  • Prerequisite (3 hours): IP&T 510 - Scholarly Writing and Argumentation.
  • Skills courses (15 hours): Research Methods Skills:  IP&T 651, 653, 674R, 730, 745, 747, 752, 753R, 754, 789, and/or Computer Science Skills: IP&T 560, 654, 655, 665, 760.
    • Must include at least one qualitative methods course (e.g., IP&T 653, 753, etc.) as a skills course.
    • Must include at least one quantitative methods course (e.g., IP&T 651, 752, 754, etc.) as a skills course.
  • Required (core) courses (18 hours): IP&T 520, 564, 620, 629, 652, (661 or 761).
  • Specialization: 22 hours as determined in consultation with graduate committee.
  • Internship: 6 hours (IP&T 599R).
  • Seminar: 2 hours (IP&T 690R).
  • Two projects: 6 hours (IP&T 657R, 667R, 677R, 687R).
  • Examinations: Oral defense of dissertation.
  • Time limit: all requirements for the doctorate must be completed within an eight-year period.
  • Students must register for at least two consecutive 6-hour semesters on the BYU campus.
Admission Requirements: 

Required Test


Program Outcomes: 

Foundational Knowledge and Understanding

Demonstrate depth and breadth of understanding of the fundamental principles related to instructional design, development, evaluation, assessment, and research.

Ethical and Professional Practice

Understand the standards of professional ethics within the field and demonstrate a willingness to live by high standards of ethical practice consistent with an LDS gospel perspective.

Practical Application Skills

Demonstrate ability to complete quality projects in the field by applying knowledge and skills related to design, development, evaluation, assessment and research.

Research Skills

Demonstrate the ability to design, implement, report, and critique quality research within the discipline.

Professional Communication

Demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate research and evaluation findings.

Program Stats

Characteristics of Students from Past Academic Year
Total Students 37
International 2
Female 19
LDS 37
Non-White 4
BYU Undergraduate 27
Three Year Average Test Scores of Admitted Student
GRE Composite Score 315.9
GRE Quantitative Score 154.1
GRE Quantitative Percentile 55.6
GRE Verbal Score 161.9
GRE Verbal Percentile 86.9
GRE Analytical Score 4.6
GRE Analytical Percentile 79.0
Five Year Average of Graduated Students
Average Years to Degree 5.2
Graduated Per Year 7.6
Five Year Average of Admitted Students
Applied Per Year 13.4
Admitted Per Year 6.4
Percent Admitted 47.76
Average GPA 3.59