How to Apply

We're here to guide you through each step of the application process. Create an account and start your application at the application website. See below for ITLS department-specific requirements. The graduate school website can be challenging to navigate. Janet Blad is happy to answer your questions.

See if you are eligible for the ITLS Graduate Program Application Fee Waiver

Minors: The ITLS department offers the School Library Media Administration Minor (SLMA) as well as the Multimedia Development Minor. The process of applying for these are a little bit different than that of our degrees and suggest that you look at how to do so on the Apply page.

Application Deadlines

We accept master's students twice a year and PhD students once a year. Late applications will be accepted on a space-available basis only. Bachelor's students can apply any time.

Programs Application Deadlines Start Semester
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) December 15, 2023 Fall
Master’s Programs (MEd, MA, MS) April 1, 2024*; Any time for remaining openings Fall
Master’s Programs (MEd, MA, MS) October 15, 2023*; Any time for remaining openings Spring
Master’s Programs (MEd, MA, MS) Apply Any Time!* Summer
Education Specialist (EdS) Apply Any Time! Any
Human Experience Design and Interaction (BS) Apply any time! Fall
Multimedia Development Minor Apply any time! Fall
School Library Media Administration (SLMA) Certificate Apply any time!** Fall

*We give full consideration to Master’s students who apply by the Fall and Spring deadlines above and then hold remaining openings until they are filled. Students can start our program (including taking our 1 credit orientation class) year round.

**If you want to pursue the School Library Media Administration certificate, you may apply as a non-matriculated student. Contact Kelli Munns at to learn more.

Tuition and Funding

The Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences department understands that tuition can be one of the biggest concerns when looking into a degree in higher education. We do all that we can to provide clear information on tuition and different financial aids to help our students avoid as much financial debt as possible.

ITLS Graduate School Admission Requirements

General Requirements

  • A bachelor's or master's degree before the program starts
  • GPA: 3.0 or higher for your most recent credits (the last 60 credits for semester-based programs or 90 credits for quarter-based programs)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • In recognition of the high cost and low predictive validity of admissions tests ITLS no longer requires the GRE or MAT

TOEFL or IELTS (for international students only)

  • International students may replace this requirement with two years’ attendance at an English-speaking college or university (e.g., United States, United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand or Australia).
  • Passing TOEFL: Internet based - 79; Computer based - 214; Paper based - 550
  • Passing IETLS: Overall score - 6; Subscale scores - 5

Writing sample

  • PhD and MS: Choose a writing sample that cites references and demonstrates your academic writing skills, such as a research paper, honors thesis, or theory paper. Writing samples that include a research design, data collection, and analysis with presentation of results or findings are ideal, though not required.
  • MA, MEd and EdS: Choose a writing sample that demonstrates your skill or potential in academic writing. Ideal samples include academic papers, lesson plans, design documents, evaluation reports, or other professional documents.

Statement of Purpose

  • Include your statement of purpose with your graduate school application.
  • We don’t require a specific word count. Please take the time to thoughtfully describe why you wish to seek this degree at USU.

ITLS Orientation

This one credit online asynchronous course is offered each semester and is required of all graduate students. You will learn how to be successful in the program and in your future careers while getting to know other students and faculty.

International students should check with the office of global engagement for additional requirements at the start of their programs.

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