Application Process

  • To apply for the PhD in Communications Media and Instructional Technology, begin by submitting your application with the School of Graduate Studies and Research.

    The link will take you to “IUP Admissions Login.” Click on the link on the bottom that reads “First time user account creation” and request a Banner ID and pin. The application will be available after you login.

    All applicants must submit the following materials for review to: Office of Admissions, Sutton Hall, Suite 120, 1011 South Drive, Indiana, Pa. 15705, or via e-mail to

    CMIT Group PresentationMaterials to Submit

    Students seeking admission to the PhD in Communications Media and Instructional Technology must satisfy the minimum School of Graduate Studies and Research requirements and have a master's degree. International students are required to comply with the admission criteria as outlined in the graduate catalog.

    Applicants to the PhD program in Communications Media and Instructional Technology fall under one of two categories

    Category I

    By default, most applicants will fall under this category. Category I applicants must submit the following for review by the doctoral program committee:

    • Recent official GRE or MAT scores that meet department minimum requirements
    • Official higher education transcripts (undergraduate and graduate)
    • Current curriculum vitae or resume
    • Writing sample: a sample that reflects your ability to do academic work and research such as a published work, a paper presented at a professional conference, a major paper for a graduate-level course, or other academic writing
    • Two letters of recommendation assessing your ability to work at the doctoral level
    • Professional goal statement addressing why you are interested in pursuing doctoral studies in this area, your long-term professional goals, and preparations you are undertaking in anticipation of acceptance into the program

    Category II

    Admission to the CMIT program under this category is limited to individuals who

    • have earned a master’s degree five years or more prior to the date of application
    • have five or more years of full-time employment at an accredited U.S. institution of higher education OR with a U.S.-based industry/organization directly related to the CMIT curriculum.

    Category II applicants must submit the following for review by the doctoral program committee:

    • Official higher education transcripts
    • Current Curriculum Vitae
    • Writing sample
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Personal interview
    • Portfolio

    Letters of recommendation must directly address the applicant’s capability to write and produce research at the doctoral level. Applicants seeking admission under Category II will be required to provide a written and oral response to a research question or problem. Applicants in Category II are also required to submit a portfolio of work including such items as scholarly publications and presentations or production samples relevant to the CMIT coursework.

    Upon review of completed applications, the CMIT faculty admissions committee may invite the applicant to campus for an interview. The committee determines whether to accept, waitlist, or deny each applicant.

    For information regarding graduate tuition and fees, please consult the Office of the Bursar listing of Graduate Tuition and Fees.