Learning, Design and Technology

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Concentration


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Get A Learning, Design and Technology Concentration

How can education be designed to promote innovative learning? On what platforms? Do individuals in certain careers require different learning modalities? How can current and emerging technologies best improve educational access and educate tomorrow’s workforce?

When you pursue the highest attainable degree possible in the field of learning, design and technology, you will explore the frontiers of questions like these while also honing your skills as a creator of next-level educational products and pedagogies.

The University of Wyoming Ph.D. program in learning, design and technology will not only prepare you to develop and analyze learning experiences across a variety of platforms, it will also equip you with the college-level teaching skills necessary to inspire coming generations of instructional designers.

About Learning, Design and Technology

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Structured around the cognitive apprenticeship theory of education, which emphasizes experiential learning, the UW Ph.D. program in Learning, Design and Technology gives you the experience digital study while also immersing you in the systems and theory of digital learning. This program offers online convenience with one required in-person orientation day to get to know your mentors and peers.

Working closely with faculty, you will have the chance to conduct research, produce a dissertation and develop the skills and knowledge you will need to pursue an academic career or top leadership position in business, the military, health care or high tech, wherever there is a need for ongoing learning.

Application Deadline

New admissions to the PhD program in Learning, Design, and Technology are temporarily on hold as per a decision made by the UW Board of Trustees. Applications for this program are not being accepted at this time.

Admission Requirements

Domestic Students

  • GPA: 3.0 in master's
  • GRE: 151 verbal, 153 quantitative, 3.5 writing*

International Students

  • TOEFL: 550 minimum written or 80 minimum online, OR IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score
  • GRE: 151 verbal, 153 quantitative, 3.5 writing*

How to Apply
Please visit our program admission webpage for more details.

*If you have received a Master's in Science degree in Learning, Design, and Technology from the University of Wyoming, the GRE is not required.

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Online Learning At UW

The University of Wyoming offers an extensive selection of fully online and hybrid programs in addition to the online Education, Ph.D., concentration in Learning, Design and Technology. These programs are on par with our on-campus programs in every significant aspect, with equivalent learning expectations and the same accreditation. Additionally, we understand that online learners have distinct requirements, and we are committed to delivering a range of academic and student resources specifically designed to support your success during your time at UW and beyond graduation.


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What Can You Do with a Learning, Design and Technology Ph.D. Concentration?

The UW Ph.D. degree in learning, design and technology will prepare you for a career as a scholar-teacher in a university setting as well as for leadership roles in higher education, corporations, the military and other organizations.

Learning, Design and Technology Careers

UW learning, design and technology Ph.D. graduates may be employed in the following positions:

  • College professors
  • Instructional media coordinators
  • Instruction designers
  • Curriculum and assessment directors
  • Curriculum and instruction directors
  • Curriculum coordinators
  • Curriculum designers
  • Curriculum specialists
  • School curriculum developers
  • Non-profit education program director
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Research and write a dissertation on a topic that aligns with your interests and career goals. Past titles include:

  • “Collaborative learning in engineering: A quest to improve student retention”
  • “Procedural learning: A comparison of skills acquisition between an online environment and traditional classroom training”
  • “Strategic planning and resource allocation as a road trip: Conditions necessary for successful planning integration at a rural community college”
  • “The relationship between preservice teachers' perceptions of faculty modeling of computer-based technology and their intent to use computer-based technology”
  • “Students' attitudes toward internet use and feelings of connectedness in their graduate programs at a rural university”
  • “A study of informal learning among University of Wyoming Extension educators”


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Learning, Design and Technology Ph.D. Concentration Degree Program Highlights

Offering the convenience of an online program with the community that comes with on-campus engagement, UW’s learning, design and technology Ph.D. program will equip you with the skills and knowledge to teach, study and produce instructional design products and experiences.

Here is why you might consider UW’s Ph.D. program in learning, design and technology:


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Enjoy the flexibility of a program that is delivered entirely online.


Incorporate a graduate minor in qualitative or quantitative methodologies into your Ph.D. program.


Study and conduct research alongside faculty who are experts in educational technology and preparing educators for contemporary learning practices.




The UW College of Education is nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).




Apply for a graduate assistantship, which offers full-time, on-campus students with faculty research opportunities, college-level teaching experiences and stipends.


Help fund your Ph.D. through a College of Education graduate scholarship. Scholarships are available specifically for students in the learning, design and technology program, such as:

Clarence Jayne Scholarship
Kercher Family Scholarship


I am committed to helping build the bridge between best practices in our field and the increasing needs of public safety officials for efficient and effective learning design.

- Jon Lee Anderle, Ph.D. ’18
Having served Laramie County as a patrol officer, investigations unit sergeant and operations lieutenant, Anderle turned his attention to a passion area: Training fellow officers on impaired driving enforcement. More education and training experiences—both online and face-to-face—followed and eventually, Anderle enrolled as a Ph.D. student in learning, design and instruction. Today, he serves as a regional administrator for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.