PhD How to Apply
The ECT PhD program is a highly competitive, fully funded program. Less than 5% of applicants are typically admitted. Applicants for the doctoral program are required to have:
- A bachelor's and master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education
- A minimum cumulative grade credit average of 3.0 for the master's degree
- Graduate Record Examination scores commensurate with graduate study
- Applicants whose first language is not English are required to take one of the following English proficiency exams and submit the scores: TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic. See more information on English proficiency testing.
The following additional criteria will be used for all students:
- Professional Interests and Career Goals
- Knowledge of the Field of Educational Communication and Technology or Related Fields
- Professional Experience in the Field and/or Contribution to Related Fields
- Strong and Varied Communication Skills
- Mature Professional Attributes
- Scholarship and Research Potential
Part-time study is also possible when an individual's circumstances permit active participation in the scholarly community without allowing full-time participation in graduate studies (for example, when an applicant has full-time employment in a research-oriented job). The program is not focused on providing a credential to teach at the college level or on developing applied design skills beyond the Master's level; consider instead the Advanced Certificate. Part-time students are not eligible for fellowships or funding guarantees.
Applications to the PhD program are accepted for the fall semester only. The deadline for materials requested below is December 1. All full-time doctoral students must be funded for the expected duration of the program, either by NYU or via external fellowship, at the time of admission. Students who have external fellowship support should clearly indicate this in their application materials; otherwise, consideration for NYU fellowships and assistantships will comprise part of the normal admissions process.
- Step 1: Complete and submit online application
Follow instructions in the Application Guide for submission of the application form, transcripts, financial aid and graduate assistantship/teaching fellowship applications, and Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (if not taken within the prior 10-year period, exam must be re-taken).
Three letters of recommendation should address the applicant's interests, skills, abilities and accomplishments relevant to the design, development and use of educational media and technology-based learning environments, and his/her ability, based on prior academic or professional experience, to pursue and complete graduate studies successfully. Letters may be written by former professors, faculty advisors, academic administrators, or employers knowledgable of the applicant's academic work or professional accomplishments.
If completing our online application, you will subscribe your recommenders who will then receive instructions on how to submit their letter electronically. If submitting a paper-based application, please ask your recommenders to provide you with a letter of recommendation in a signed, sealed envelope which you will then submit with your other admissions materials to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
Supplemental essay questions. In addition to the “Statement of Purpose” required in the application package, responses to the following essay questions are also required. Each response should be no more than one page, double-spaced, in length. Include these with online application materials, or submit them with other paper-based admissions materials to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
- What are your professional goals?
- What areas of knowledge and skills do you expect to develop while in the doctoral Program, and how will these be useful to your professional plans and goals?
- What academic, personal or professional experiences have led to your interest in pursuing a doctorate in educational communication and technology? What considerations led to your decision?
- Summarize the area of knowledge, set of issues or problems, and body of literature in the field of educational communication and technology or related fields with which you are most conversant.
- In what areas do you have an interest in research and theory? In what content areas or for which audiences do you have an interest in designing educational media programs? What experiences led to these interests?
- Describe your position on what is effective instruction, the relation of media and technology to instruction, and the theoretical or conceptual frameworks you find most powerful and useful to support your position.
- Describe one or more significant academic or professional situations in which you have encountered the problem of improving learning or instruction. How did you identify and analyze the problem, and how did you or would you have solved it?
- Describe one or two critical problems that, in your view, impede effective learning or instruction in a particular setting or type of institution. Outline briefly how you would approach research on these problems, including useful theoretical frameworks and methodology.
- Describe your technology skills, e.g., skills in computer-based multimedia, web, or productivity tools, video, etc.
Examples of published papers, chapters, and presentations on relevant topics, as well as research reports and original educational media projects, may also be submitted with paper-based admissions materials to the Office of Graduate Admissions or Professor Jan Plass, Coordinator of the Doctoral Program, Program in Educational Communication and Technology, 239 Greene Street, Suite 300, New York, NY 10003.
- Step 2: Admissions Interview
We will contact those applicants who appear most suited for the ECT PhD program to schedule an admissions interview in February/March.
- Step 3: Acceptance Announcements
Acceptances are announced in February. Accepted students are then invited to orientation and registration sessions for new students.
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