Admission Requirements

Applications for admittance to the Instructional Psychology and Technology master's and doctoral programs are due by January 1. You will need the following in order to apply:

  • Grade transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation (specifically speaking to the candidate’s potential to be successful in a doctorate program instead of a master’s program, if applicable)
  • Letter of intent
  • GRE scores
    • Note: The written GRE must be taken several months in advance of the application deadline in order for the scores to reach the university by the admission deadlines. Students specializing in second language acquisition must have advanced proficiency, as defined by the graduate committee of the BYU department of their language focus.

Once you are ready to apply, you can complete the application at

Out-of-Cycle Admissions

Admission cycles are open to master’s students already in the department or unadmitted students. Those students who have taken 10 or fewer credits in IP&T courses prior to admittance may include those credits in their program of study after being admitted. In order to apply off-cycle (by October 15 or April 15), you must supply the faculty with all the information that students applying for the January 1 deadline would submit. This material should be provided to the faculty in time for them to review and admit the student prior to the designated graduate school deadlines.

Here are some guidelines for the process:

  1. The PhD degree focuses on research. Therefore, in your application letter you should highlight your ability to do research and how the direction you want to go fits in with the strengths of the department and current faculty research agendas.
  2. To submit an application to move from the MS to PhD program, you must go through the normal graduate studies application process, and you must have at least successfully defended your MS prospectus. You will want to update the information submitted in your MS application. This ideally includes:
    • new letters of recommendation and a letter of intent highlighting your growth through the MS program, as well as your research agenda,
    • current transcript and GRE scores (these may be the same as MS),
    • and a video interview process as part of the application, where you will need to provide video responses to three interview prompts.

All decisions must be discussed and agreed upon by at least two thirds of the department faculty, who will vote to (1) accept, (2) reevaluate, or (3) reject the candidate. A simple majority vote for reevaluation means the student is not yet accepted into the program but can reapply for the January 1 cycle. Typically, most students will receive this decision, but exceptional students who have proven themselves capable of rigorous research and writing potential may be accepted out of cycle. Current students in the master’s program must have already passed their prospectus defense and be on track to complete a thesis/project within the semester. If the student or chair expects to take longer than this to complete the thesis/project, then the student is encouraged to apply during the next admission cycle.