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Doctoral Program in Instructional Technology and Leadership Admission Requirements and Procedures


  • Master's degree in education or a technology related field, from an accredited institution.

  • Minimum graduate GPA of 3.5.

  • Recent scores from Graduate Record Exam (GRE) (within 5 years from application).  While there is no minimum required GRE score, over the past three years the median scores of students admitted to the program were 450 Verbal and 530 Quantitative.

  • Technology competence and access to a current computer (specifications to be provided), with high speed Internet connectivity.

  • A commitment to participate in the cohort-based program of study on a full-time basis.

  • All international students must receive a score of 550 on the paper version of the TOEFL Exam or a score of 80 on the Internet version of the TOEFL Exam or receive a score of 7.0 on the IELTS Exam. 

  • International students should visit International Admissions for additional information and requirements.

  • All international transcripts must be verified by using World Education Services International Credential Advantage Package (WES icap)

  • At this time, Duquesne University is no longer allowed to admit or enroll online students who reside in Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Massachusetts, or Wisconsin due to federal regulations.


Applications are due by February 1, before beginning on campus coursework in May-June.  Each participant will submit a complete package with the following:

  • The first step to begin the application process is to apply online.

  • Students must prepare a letter of interest to support their application.  This letter describes experiences that have prepared them for graduate study and outlines their research goals and professional plans following graduation.  This letter should be no longer than 1,500 words.

  • Each applicant must submit an electronic portfolio or work sample that portrays his or her current technological proficiency. This file may be mailed on a CD or DVD or may be sent as an electronic file.

  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work.

  • All students must take the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Exam (Duquesne University GRE Code R2196).  Information and registration materials for the GRE test can be obtained through the GRE website: www.gre.org.  Duquesne University's code is 2196.

  • Each applicant must submit three letters of reference that focus on personal, professional, and academic qualifications.

  • All application materials should be sent to: Duquesne University, Doctoral Program in Instructional Technology, School of Education, 327 Fisher Hall, 600 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15282.

  • Following the review of submitted application material, selected applicants may be invited for an interview with the IT Program faculty sometime in early March.