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Admissions and Application to Doctor of Philosophy

In order to pursue the IT Ph. D., you must be admitted to the program and the Graduate School of University of South Florida. To do so, follow these steps carefully:


The First Step

Prior to beginning the admission process, it is important to review all the related information on this web site. If you require additional information, communicate with the PhD Program Coordinator, Dr. Yiping Lou, at ylou@usf.edu. Once you are sure that you wish to apply, please communicate your intention to Dr. Lou.


Application for Admission to the Graduate School

USF general requirements and deadlines for domestic and international students are detailed at: http://www.grad.usf.edu/  Graduate Admissions will forward your application materials to the Program.
 


Admission to the Doctoral Program

In order to be admitted to the program, you must have the following minimum qualifications:

Meet all general requirements for the College of Education.

  1. A Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education (or international equivalent).

  2. An undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in upper division level undergraduate coursework or a GPA of 3.5 at the Master's level.

  3. Three favorable academic and professional recommendations (submitted to the program coordinator of the program of interest, or the Coordinator of Graduate Studies for the department)

In addition, all applicants must meet the following IT program-specific requirements:

  1. Hold a Master's degree in a field related to IT

  2. Submit strong, official (sealed in an envelope or recorded on transcript) Graduate Record Examination Verbal, Quantitative, & Analytical Writing subscores.  (Means among current active students are at or above V:550, Q:610, & AW:4.5, on the GRE scale used prior to June 2011, which is equivalent to V: 156, Q: 149, & AW: 4.5, on the new GRE scale)

  3. Provide an appropriate written statement of Professional and Research Goals

  4. Provide a Curriculum Vitae (CV) that documents professional experiences related to teaching and learning

  5. Demonstrate substantial expertise in these areas of Instructional Technology:

  • Knowledge of at least one programming/authoring language (equivalent of EME 6930 PLE: Web Programming I or Flash)

  • Knowledge of software and hardware used to employ electronic media devices; use and application of a variety of electronic media, video devices, and audio devices (equivalent of EME 6936 Interactive Media)

  • Knowledge of fundamentals of instructional design for technology-based systems (equivalent of EDF 6284 Problems in Instructional Design for Computers)

  • Knowledge of more advanced computer literacy (equivalent of EME 6936 AET: Internet in Education)

IT PROGRAM DEADLINES

Admissions are made for the fall and spring semesters only.  The selection process is competitive.  USF Graduate Admissions deadlines are observed.

FALL: All international applicants and domestic applicants seeking financial support must apply by the USF international admissions deadline.  Domestic applicants who do not seek financial support must apply by the general USF domestic application deadline. 

SPRING: Applicants seeking financial support should not apply for spring admission.   All other international applicants must apply by the USF international admissions deadline.  All other domestic applicants must apply by the general USF domestic application deadline.


Checklist for Admission

CHECKLIST OF REQUIRED ELEMENTS FOR DOCTORAL PROGRAM APPLICATION

NAME:___________________________________

Date:_______________

Submit the following information to: USF Graduate Admissions, FAO 100N

___ 1. COMPLETED APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION

___ 2. RECENT TRANSCRIPT AND GRE SCORES INDICATING:

___ A) VALID MASTER'S DEGREE IN A RELATED FIELD

___ B) MASTER'S GPA OF 3.5 OR 3.0 AS UPPER-DIVISION UNDERGRADUATE

___ C) STRONG VERBAL, QUANTITATIVE, & ANALYTICAL WRITING GRE SUBSCORES

Submit the following information to: Instructional Technology Doctoral Program Admissions, EDU 162, USF

___ 3. THREE LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION

___ 4. PROFESSIONAL AND RESEARCH GOALS STATEMENT

___ 5. CURRICULUM VITAE

___ 6. PDG COPY OF MASTER'S THESIS OR PDF COPY OF A SAMPLE OF YOUR ACADEMIC WRITING Subscore)

___ 7. EVIDENCE OF POSSESSION OF THE FOLLOWING COMPETENCIES:

____ A) HAVE TAKEN EME 6930 OR EQUIVALENT (Knowledge of a programming or authoring language)

____ B) HAVE TAKEN EME 6936 INTERACTIVE MEDIA OR EQUIVALENT (e.g. knowledge of software for developing interactive multimedia, such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Captivate, Premier, Moviemaker, iMovie, Audacity, etc.)

____ D) HAVE TAKEN EDF 6284 PROBLEMS IN INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN FOR COMPUTERS OR EQUIVALENT (e.g. Knowledge of fundamentals of instructional design for technology-based systems)

___ 8. INTERVIEW BEFORE OR AFTER APPLYING WITH PHD PROGRAM COORDINATOR & AND OTHER IT FACULTY


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