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The Doctor of Philosophy in Instructional Systems and Workforce Development is an individualized degree program that builds on your existing work and educational experience and can be tailored to your unique career goals.

Program highlights:

This program is unique to you. Utilize what you have learned and your experience to develop a Ph.D. program that meets your needs.

What are some potential careers?

Graduates pursue careers as faculty, researchers, administrators, evaluators, directors, high-level managers and consultants.

Who should pursue this degree?

Do you enjoy writing at a professional level? What about researching, teaching and learning? If these are your interests, this is a degree you should consider. Students in this program generally enjoy analyzing complex problems and posing solutions, infusing technology into teaching and learning, presenting new ideas and exploring emerging technologies.

Program Structure

Students are required to complete a program of study with the aid of their advisor. The contents of a student's program of study are documented in the student's CAPP report, which can be accessed in myBanner. Details concerning the CAPP report/program of study are included at the university's course catalog website.

The student and his/her major advisor may use the following forms to design a program of study, that will then be keyed in the student's CAPP report.

A Ph.D. student must complete the degree program within five years after passing written and oral preliminary exams. NO TECH 9000 hours can be taken before passing preliminary exams. To learn more about preliminary exams visit our departmental website.

For the program of study:

  • At least 2/3 of the hours on the graduate program (courses taken after admission to the Ph.D. degree), exclusive of dissertation credit, must be 8000 level or above.
  • No more than 6 semester hours of graduate credit earned in Directed Individual Studies (7000) courses or 6 semester hours of Special Topics (6990, 8990) courses may be included on the student's approved degree program. No more than 9 semester hours of a combination of Directed Individual Studies and Special Topic courses may be included on the student's approved degree program.

Admission Options

Domestic/International Classified Admissions

  1. Submit online application. You will choose Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Instructional Systems and Workforce Development as your Program of Study and Online Education as your campus.
  2. Statement of Purpose
  3. Three letters of recommendation
    • You will be asked to submit three names and three email addresses of individuals you are using as references. Once you click submit, these individuals will be sent an email from MSU, which will provide a link to an online form for completing their recommendations.
  4. GRE scores are required for domestic students; TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for international students.
  5. One official transcript showing bachelor’s degree or progress toward degree. (For international students, please submit a copy in native language along with translated copies, if appropriate.)
  6. One official transcript showing ALL work after bachelor’s degree. (For international students, please submit a copy in native language along with translated copies, if appropriate.)
    • Electronic transcripts should be sent to: gradapps@grad.msstate.edu Mississippi State University, Graduate School. Only one copy of an electronic transcript is required.
    • Paper Transcripts Address (USPS):
      Mississippi State University
      The Office of the Graduate School
      P.O. Box G
      Mississippi State, MS 39762
    • Physical Street Address (for DHL, Fed Ex, UPS, DHS, etc.):
      Mississippi State University
      The Office of the Graduate School
      175 President Circle
      116 Allen Hall
      Mississippi State, MS 39762
  7. Payment of $60 non-refundable application processing fee for domestic students.
    Payment of $80 non-refundable application processing fee for international students.
  8. Once you are admitted, you will receive an email with complete instructions on registering for classes and contacting your advisor

Contact Information

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Whitney Peterson

Instructional Systems and Workforce Development

  • Instructor/Coordinator