PhD How to Apply

Admissions Requirements

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:

  1. A bachelor's and master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education
  2. A minimum cumulative grade credit average of 3.0 for the master's degree
  3. Graduate Record Examination scores commensurate with graduate study
  4. 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:

  1. Professional Interests and Career Goals
  2. Knowledge of the Field of Educational Communication and Technology or Related Fields
  3. Professional Experience in the Field and/or Contribution to Related Fields
  4. Strong and Varied Communication Skills
  5. Mature Professional Attributes
  6. 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.

Application Process

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
  • Step 2: Admissions Interview
  • Step 3: Acceptance Announcements

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