PhD, Learning Design & Technology

Typical Length 5 years

Delivery Hybrid

40

Credits

The LTEC PhD program is designed to meet the needs of working professionals not able to attend weekly classes on campus. Classes are offered through a mix of online and weekend on-campus schedules (see “Delivery & Format” below for more details). The program is open to both full- and part-time students.

The LTEC PhD is designed to prepare influential scholars and leaders in the field of Learning Design and Technology (LTEC) and the learning sciences. The LTEC program requires a minimum of 40 credit hours of coursework and completion of a scholarly research project written as a dissertation. From the beginning, students are expected to actively engage and contribute to the field through scholarly work, including research and evaluation, publication, conference presentations, and applied instructional projects.

Common Careers

The primary employers are educational institutions, both public and private, at all levels: K through 12, postsecondary (community colleges and universities). Also, government and private agencies like software companies, publishing companies, and companies and agencies with training and design departments, such as health care, manufacturing industries and large retail corporations.

There is no single job title for learning design and educational technologists in organizations, but some examples include: Training Coordinator, Instructional Designer, Technology Support Specialist, Museum Education Specialist, and so on.

Admission Requirements

Apply to UHM Graduate Division View This Task

You must submit a graduate division application.

Online Applications

To submit your application please go to the UHM online application.

Make sure you choose the application type “Graduate Studies”.

For checklist item #7 (Planned Course of Study) select "Learning Design and Technology - PhD"

For directions and information on the UHM Graduate application process go to the Office of Graduate Education Forms page and select - Graduate Admissions Application General Information and Instructions.

Information for prospective students can be found on the prospective students page of the UHM Graduate Division website.

When completing a paper application, if you wish to qualify to pay resident tuition at UHM based on residency status or Board of Regents exemptions you should also submit the Residency Declaration Form.

Send your paper application along with Residency Declaration Form to the UHM Office of Graduate Education at:

2540 Maile Way
Spalding 354
Honolulu, HI 96822
Completed Master's Degree View This Task

It is strongly recommended that applicants have graduated, or will graduate, from a UHM recognized, accredited, master’s degree program prior to beginning the PhD, Learning Design & Technology program.

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) View This Task

The GRE is required for admission to this program. GRE scores cannot be older than five years from the application deadline. There is no minimum score requirement for the GRE. Instead your GRE scores are considered as a component of your overall application packet. In order for your GRE scores to be considered they must be received by the Graduate Division prior to the application deadline.

Your scores must be sent from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and may take up to 15 days for them to be received by UH.

The Educational Testing Service (ETS) code for UHM is 4867.

Send your official GRE scores to the UHM Graduate Division at:
2540 Maile Way
Spalding 354
Honolulu, HI 96822
Submitted Transcripts View This Task

A transcript from each post-secondary institution attended is required.

You should also including transcripts from, any study abroad or exchange programs, summer programs, and non-degree work and extension programs. Your official transcripts need to be sent directly to the Graduate Division directly from the issuing institution(s), or in sealed institutional envelopes if submitted with the application.

UH Transcripts

Transcripts are not required for course work completed at any of the UH campuses. Graduate Division Student Services will obtain UH transcripts on behalf of applicants.

International Students

Refer to the Office of Graduate Education International Admissions Requirements website for specific international requirements.

Send your official transcripts to the UHM Graduate Division at:
2540 Maile Way
Spalding 354
Honolulu, HI 96822

Unofficial Transcripts

You may submit a copy of your unofficial transcripts directly to the department. However, you are still required to have your official transcripts sent directly to the UH Mānoa Graduate Division at the address above.

Upload your unofficial transcripts.
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Submitting unofficial transcripts to the department alone does NOT meet the transcripts requirement.

Statement of Objectives View This Task

You are required to write a statement of objectives as part of your application.

You are required to write a response to the following question as part of your application to the PhD, Learning Design & Technology program.



Use the following directions to submit your statement of objectives.

  1. Save your statement as either a word (.doc/.docx) or PDF (.pdf) format.
  2. Name the file with your name and the word statement
    (e.g. StudentName_Statement.pdf).
  3. Upload your statement to Mākālei
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Submit Resume or Curriculum Vita (CV) View This Task

Your resume or CV is required.

You are required to submit your resume or CV. You can either upload a copy directly to Mākālei or mail a copy to the department.

Upload your resume or CV
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AlertYour resume or CV must be in either Microsoft Word (.doc/.docx) or PDF (.pdf) format.
Sample of Scholarly Writing View This Task

You must submit a sample of scholarly writing to be considered for this program.

Scholarly writing may include; a published research article, an unpublished manuscript such as, a research proposal, a thesis, a class writing assignment, or a professional research report written for your job. You can either upload a copy directly to Mākālei or mail a copy to the department.

Upload your sample of scholarly writing
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AlertYour writing sample must be in either Microsoft Word (.doc/.docx) or PDF (.pdf) format.

Or

Mail your sample of scholarly writing to:

Learning Design & Technology
Wist Hall Rm 232
1776 University Ave
Honolulu, HI 96822

Three Letters of Recommendation View This Task

You must provide 3 letters of recommendation

List three professional references who will write your letters of recommendation, e.g., supervisor, professor, advisor, instructor, etc. These references will be sent an email with directions for submitting the letter. Please verify in advance, the listed references have agreed to provide a letter and inform them they will receive an email with instructions. The College reserves the right to contact professional references other than those listed.

Name E-mail Phone Relationship Send
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Please make sure the letters are submitted by:
Letters can be submitted by one of the following:

  1. Upload to Mākālei (preferred):
    • You will be able to see any letters that are uploaded into Mākālei. If you or your references want the letters to be private, letters should be faxed or mailed in.

  2. Mail:
    • Admissions, Department of Learning Design and Technology,
      University Hawai‘i at Mānoa,
      Wist Hall Rm 232,
      1776 University Avenue,
      Honolulu, HI 96822

LTEC Survey View This Task

Please complete the PhD, Learning Design & Technology LTEC Survey

LTEC Survey
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English Proficiency (TOEFL/IELTS) View This Task

International students may need to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to be considered for admittance. For more information on the TOEFL and IELTS tests and to determine if you need to take them please visit the Office of Graduate Education's English Proficiency website.

Minimum acceptable scores for the 2 tests are:

TOEFL -
600/100 (Paper/Internet)
Subtests:

25 Listening
25 Speaking

IELTS -
6.00 for the Overall band test results

Send your official scores to the UHM Graduate Division at:

2540 Maile Way
Spalding 354
Honolulu, HI 96822

Identification Documents View This Task

International students are required to submit a copy of their Identification documents (i.e. Passport or Identification Card)

As required by U.S. federal regulations, all international applicants are required to submit a copy of their passport identification pages, or a copy of their national identification card if a passport is not available.

Send your identification documents to the UHM Graduate Division at:
2540 Maile Way
Spalding 354
Honolulu, HI 96822

International applicants need to show proof of sufficient funding to cover all educational and living expenses.

International applicants need to show proof of sufficient funding to cover all educational and living expenses ,including expenses for any accompanying spouse or children. Upon admission to UHM, only international applicants with proof of funding will receive visa documents. The Confidential Financial Statement Form for International Applicants is required of most international applicants.

Send your financial statement to the UHM Graduate Division at:
2540 Maile Way
Spalding 354
Honolulu, HI 96822

Application Deadlines

Starting Semester General Admission International Students Admission
Fall February 1 January 15
Spring N/A N/A

Tuition & Funding

$650 per credit for residents and $1545 per credit for non-residents. Students enrolled in an online program will only be assessed for resident tuition regardless of their residence in a different state or country. See the “Graduate General & Post-Baccalaureate Unclassified” heading on the Office of the Registrar’s website.

See the following sites for funding information:

Delivery & Format

With the alternative schedule for doctoral courses, the LTEC PhD can be completed through fall-spring weekends and summer weeks on campus along with weekly evening online sessions. This schedule is subject to change.

Required core courses completed in the first two years have:

  • two mandatory Saturday-Sunday weekend sessions each fall and spring semester (a total of eight weekends)
  • three-day mandatory on-campus session combined with online session over two summers (total 6 days on campus)
  • one mandatory weekend orientation on campus to begin the program in August when classes start in the first semester (one initial weekend).
  • online live sessions from 6-8 pm HST on Monday and Wednesday evenings (fall and spring semesters)

All electives are offered online.

UHM requires students to be enrolled every fall and spring semester once they begin a PhD program. Enrollment and residency requirements are met through the mix of campus and online sessions in the first two years. Once students complete coursework and begin work on the dissertation, campus sessions are no longer required. However, the final dissertation defense public lecture typically requires student presence on campus for this special event.

Dates for required orientations, campus weekends, and summer session meetings are provided by the department. Please contact ltec@hawaii.edu for current dates.

Coursework

The Learning Design and Technology PhD requires a minimum of 40 credit hours. Each course is 3 credits.

  • Research Core (4 courses)
  • Learning Design and Technology seminars (3 seminar courses)
  • Advanced instructional design studio (1 course)
  • Specialization interest area (5 electives, usually in LTEC)
  • Minimum of one course of dissertation credit (1 credit minimum)

For full listing of courses, see UH Manoa Catalog.

Faculty & Virtual Tours

Our faculty and staff will provide you with guidance and resources to support your success from beginning to end. You will receive a dedicated faculty advisor to partner with you on your journey.

LTEC provides virtual tours to prospective students, see our virtual tour schedule.

Program Coordinator