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FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply to the Instructional Technology Doctoral program?
Are there ever face-to-face classes/meetings?
What are the technology requirements?
What are the prerequisites for the IT Program?
How long until I graduate?
How many hours do I have to take to graduate?
What degree is awarded?
How much is tuition?
What types of financial aid are available for doctoral students?
What kind of jobs can I get with the IT degree?
Do you accept transfer credits?
What minimum GRE scores are required for acceptance into the program?
Are there special requirements for international applications?
Do I need to take the TOEFL exam again after obtained master degree in the USA?
How long after I apply will I know if I am accepted?

How do I apply for the IT degree program?

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

  • Application
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Verbal and Quantitative scores (Duquesne University GRE Code R2196). Information and registration materials for the GRE test can be obtained through the GRE website: www.gre.org or by calling 1 (800) GRE-CALL.
  • Three letters of reference that focus on personal, professional, and academic qualifications.
  • WES ICap is required for all international transcripts.

All application materials including the letter of interest, transcripts, GRE scores, and letters of recommendation and application fee should be sent together 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.

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Are there ever face-to-face classes/meetings?

All classes in the Fall and Spring semesters are taught, in a synchronous format, within Blackboard. Classes begin at either 5:00pm or 6:00pm Eastern Standard Time. Classes are offered Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday evenings and students normally complete three or four classes per semester. Students are expected to attend each class and attendance is factored into the final grade.

During the summer, all students are required to attend Duquesne University's campus for a three week mandatory residency component (typically in May or June). During this time, students are oriented to the program, attend classes, interact with faculty and cohort members, review graduation requirements and participate in social activities.  The sessions typically begin at 4:30pm or 5:00pm.

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What are the technology requirements?

Students typically enter the program with backgrounds in education, technology, administration, or other educational related backgrounds.
Technology competence and access to a current computer (specifications to be provided), with high speed Internet connectivity.

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What are the prerequisites for the IT Program?

  • A Master's degree in education or a technology related field, from an accredited institution.
  • A minimum graduate GPA of 3.5.
  • Recent scores from Graduate Record Exam (GRE) (within 5 years from application).

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How long until I graduate?

The Program consists of approximately three years of coursework. Students should allow additional year(s) for completing a dissertation

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How many hours do I have to take to graduate?

The Program consists of 75 credit-hours including 6 credit hours of dissertation.

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What degree is awarded?

The Program awards a Doctorate of Education, Ed.D. degree.

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How much is tuition?

More information on tuition can be found by visiting: http://www.duq.edu/student-accounts/tuition/grad.cfm

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What types of financial aid are available for doctoral students?

A limited number of Graduate Assistantships are awarded each year on a competitive basis. More information on financial aid, scholarships, and graduate assistant postings can be found by visiting Student and Academic Services website.

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What kind of jobs can I get with the IT degree?

The Doctoral Program in Instructional Technology (IT) prepares students for a variety of professional positions; graduates are typically employed as university faculty, educational consultants in K-12 settings, or as training managers in corporate settings

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Do you accept transfer credits?

Yes, up to 6 credits may be transferred in from another university.

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What minimum GRE scores are required for acceptance into the program?

Students must submit recent scores from Graduate Record Exam (GRE), taken within the past five years. While there is no minimum required GRE score, over the past three years the median scores of students admitted to the program were 450/150 Verbal and 530/145 Quantitative.

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Are there special requirements for international applications?

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. Interntational students are required to authenticate their international transcripts via WES ICAP.  International students should visit International Admissions for additional information and requirements.
http://www.duq.edu/international-admissions/

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Do I need to take the TOEFL exam again after obtaineding a Master degree in the USA?

No, international students who have completed a Master's degree from an accredited university in the United States do not need to take the TOEFL or IELTS examination.

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How long after I apply will I know if I am accepted?

Applications are due by February 1, and final decisions are normally made by mid-March.

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