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Learning, Design, and Technology Program

PhD Degree

Domestic Students: GPA: 3.0 GRE: Waived



International Students:

TOEFL: 550 min written or 80 min online, OR

IELTS : 6.5 min overall score

GRE: Waived 




Interested in our program? Review our Doctoral Student Handbook for details.

The PhD in Education (Instructional Technology) prepares students for academic research and teaching positions in higher education. Students move beyond the foundations of distance education, instructional design, and technology integration to focus on advanced applications and research. They explore authentic challenges in diverse settings and develop solutions to move research and practice forward. Through these experiences, students learn how to harness advanced research methods to expand professional knowledge and theory and present their findings at national and international conferences and in publications.

International Students: Welcome and thank you for your interest in our program! Either a TOEFL score or an IELTS score is acceptable. We require a minimum score of 80 for the online TOEFL exam, with minimum scores of 20 in each subset, and the score must be at least two years current. For the IELTS exam, we require a  minimum overall score of 6.5, with minimum scores of 6 in each subset, and the score must be at least two years current.

Program Details

The PhD program is 81 credit hours.  Effective preparation for the Ph.D. stems from collaborative research and inquiry into topics of mutual interest by students and faculty. The program is structured around a cognitive apprenticeship model.

Courses are offered in a combination of online and face-to-face formats. Students also complete a 4-semester campus residency focused on faculty/student research, collaborative teaching, and one-on-one mentoring. Students should expect to have a quality program characterized by small faculty-to-student ratios, program faculty teaching most classes, flexible advising sessions, a focus on community, and immersion in advanced research.

    >>Click here to see the list of required courses

    >>See course descriptions

Tuition and Fees

The University of Wyoming was ranked #1 on Student Loan Hero's list of “20 States Where College Is Worth the Cost,” and #3 on Growella's list of "Best Colleges for Students Who Take Loans."

Note: A majority of courses offered via UW at a Distance.

Additional UW at a Distance course fee: $25/credit.

Please refer to the Cost of Attendance page for details.

>>Click here to learn more about funding opportunities

Relevant Scholarships:

How to Apply

There are no application deadlines for this program. Applications are reviewed upon completion. 

Step 1: Apply to UW and to the program through the online applicant portal

  1. Click here to access the UW graduate applicant portal
  2. After completing the initial information page, you will receive an email from the system including a link, your temporary username, and password
  3. Please complete the contact, academic, residency information, etc.
  4. Submit the $50 application fee
  5. Submit ALL required documents to the online document portal (applications with missing documents will not be considered)
    • Required documents for this program application: >>Click here for Application Guidelines
      • Upload unofficial copies of transcripts (official copies should be sent to UW Admissions)
      • Three letters of recommendation (use the application portal to request your letters)
      • A personal statement (see guidelines)
      • A current academic resume (see guidelines 
      • Agree to admissions terms and submit your application

 Step 2: Submit official copies of transcripts and test scores to UW Admissions

  • Official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions should be requested and sent to UW Admissions
  • Official copies of GRE scores should be sent directly from GRE Reporting to UW Admissions 
    • Address: University of Wyoming Admissions – 1000 E. University Ave. – Laramie, WY 82071

Interview:  Applications will be screened and from this screening, a list of applicants will be invited for a telephone interview with program faculty.

Admission: LDT faculty review applications on a rolling basis and makes recommendations to the Office of Admissions. Then Admissions will make the final decision and contact the applicant.

Contact Us

Britany Kathan

Office Associate

Phone: (307) 766-2366



Dr. Mia Williams

Program Coordinator

Phone: (307) 766-2004


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