Ph.D. FAQFAQ

Below are some questions our office gets asked quite often. Don’t worry if you don’t see your question listed below. Email us at phd@indianatech.edu or call us at 800.288.1766, ext. 2236 with your questions and we will be happy to assist you.

How much does the Ph.D. program cost?

Costs for the Ph.D. program can be found on our tuition and fees page or on the financial aid website. Tuition rates are the same whether a student is in-state, out-of-state, or international. Textbooks and software are purchased separately by the student. Students should also take into account any travel costs associated with residency weekends, as well as costs associated with global practicum trips (which are optional).

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How long does it take to complete the Ph.D. program?

Since students can complete coursework essentially at their own pace, completion time varies. Average completion time for the program is 3.5 to 4.5 years, including dissertation completion. Students have up to six years to successfully defend a dissertation and can petition for a seventh.

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Does your program operate on a cohort model? How does the course schedule work? Is there a sequence to the courses, and can more than one course be taken at a time?

Our course schedule is not based on a cohort model. Students must complete the first three courses of the research core before moving on to other courses, but beyond that, it is a very flexible system. Most courses are not set up in a prerequisite system and can be taken in any order.

Our students have the ability to take one or two courses a session and occasionally take a session off for personal or professional reasons without penalty. All students must begin the program by taking one course per session and must be approved to add a second course in future sessions.

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How long are the courses/sessions?

The Ph.D. program schedule includes six course sessions per year:

  • Fall 1 and Fall 2: 8 weeks each
  • Spring 1 and Spring 2: 8 weeks each
  • Summer 1 and Summer 2: 6 weeks each

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Do you require GMAT/GRE/MAT scores?

We do not require standardized test scores as part of our application requirements. We evaluate our applicants using other criteria.

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Are transfer credits accepted? If so, what are the guidelines for transfer credit eligibility?

Credits may be transferred into the Ph.D. program in accordance with the following criteria: A maximum of 12 post-graduate credits from a regionally accredited graduate school may be transferred into the Ph.D. program (maximum of 6 of which were applied to a second master’s program, if applicable). Transfer credits will be awarded only for courses evaluated and found to be comparable in content to those which are part of the course of study.

For more information on requesting transfer credits, visit the Ph.D. transfer credit policy page.

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How is coursework completed? Is it done on an individual basis? How are assignments submitted?

All coursework is administered online. With the exception of the occasional evening webinar that might be scheduled by your instructor (particularly in the research classes), class materials are administered and completed asynchronously at your convenience. The curriculum is heavily writing-based and often requires discussion board postings in addition to weekly assignments. Group work is sometimes required but not frequent.

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What is the average age for a student in the Ph.D. program?

The average age of our Ph.D. student is 42. The vast majority of our students are working professionals representing many industries in both the public and private sector.

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What is the weekly time commitment of the Ph.D. program?

Based on our students’ feedback, the average weekly time commitment is 12 to 15 hours.

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How long has the Ph.D. program at Indiana Tech been around?

The program was started in 2009 and has grown exponentially since its inception. Indiana Tech as an institution was founded in 1930.

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What are the requirements for the essay portion of the application?

We require an original essay addressing the candidate’s interest in the program and intended academic and professional goals. The desired length is 500 to 1000 words, and use of APA style is preferred.

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