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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply to the Doctoral Program in Instructional Technology and Leadership?
How do classes meet?
What are the technology requirements?
What are the prerequisites for admission into the Doctoral Program in Instructional Technology and Leadership?
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 Ed.D. 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 obtaining a Master's degree in the USA?
How long after I apply will I know if I am accepted?

How do I apply to the Doctoral Program in Instructional Technology and Leadership?

The program offers 2 admission deadlines, December 1 (preferred) and February 15, before beginning on campus coursework in May-June. All prospective students are strongly encouraged to apply by the December 1st deadline, particularly international students in order to allow time for student visa processing. Each individual will submit a complete package with the following:

  • A completed online application

  • A letter of interest to support his/her application, describing experiences that have prepared him/her for graduate study and outlines his/her 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/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.

  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing 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.

  • World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) services are required for all international transcripts.

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

Doctoral Program in Instructional Technology and Leadership
Duquesne University
327 Fisher Hall
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282.

Following the review of submitted application material, selected applicants may be invited for an interview in early December or late February with the IT Program faculty.

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How do classes meet?

All courses in the Fall and Spring semesters are taught in an online format, within BlackBoard. Online classes are offered Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday and class meetings begin at either 5:00pm or 6:00pm Eastern Standard Time. Students are expected to attend each class (real-time, online class meetings), and attendance is factored into the final grade. Some classes outside of the Instructional Technology and Leadership program are offered in both a classroom setting as well as online. In these cases, students are free to choose the class meeting time and format which best suits their needs and schedule.

During the first summer, all students are required to attend Duquesne University's campus for a continuous, two week mandatory residency component. Students completing their first year are also required to attend the campus for one week mandatory residency. 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. Students are expected to make their own arrangements for housing during this time. A very limited number of dormitory rooms may be available on campus and a variety of off-campus options are also available.

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What are the technology requirements?

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 admission into the Doctoral Program in Instructional Technology and Leadership?

  • 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 of application).

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How long until I graduate?

Time taken to complete the Program varies, however one should expect at least three years of full-time coursework plus additional year(s) to complete a dissertation.

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How many hours do I have to take to graduate?

The Program consists of 57 credit-hours including 6 credit hours of dissertation work.

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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?

The Admissions & Aid website provides current Graduate Tuition rates.

Catholic school lay teacher & lay high school administrator discount

  • Discount is one-half basic tuition or rate of school of enrollment, whichever is LOWER.
  • Eligibility Requirement:
    • Pittsburgh, Greenburg or Altoona-Johnstown Diocese Employees:
      Applicant must currently be a full-time Elementary Teaching Employee, a High School Teaching Employee, a High School Administrator and/or an Acting Principal required to obtain Administrative I Certification, in a Catholic School
    • Employees of any other diocese:
      Applicant must be a full-time Teaching Employee of a Catholic School, and must have completed a minimum of two year of full-time teaching in a Catholic School before being eligible for discount. Lay High School Administrators or Acting Principals from schools not located in the Dioceses of Pittsburgh, Greensburg, and Altoona-Johnstown are not eligible for this discount.

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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 Ed.D. degree?

The Doctoral Program in Instructional Technology and Leadership 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 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 or ECE. Additional requirements for internationaI students may be found under Admissions Requirements on the Doctoral Program in Instructional Technology and Leadership website and at the International Admissions website.

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Do I need to take the TOEFL exam again after obtaining a Master's 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 December 1 (preferred) and February 15. Acceptance decisions are normally made in late December and early March.

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