Instructional Systems Design is an area of concentration in the Instruction of Administration program leading to the doctorate in Education (Ed.D.). The Instructional Systems Design concentration is designed to prepare individuals to conduct research, teach, manage instructional design units, and assume leadership roles in the field of instructional design and technology.

Why You Should Enroll

Each student’s program is guided by a major professor and advisory committee throughout the graduate career. All doctoral students complete a minimum of forty-two (42) semester hours beyond the master’s degree.  In addition all students are required to complete an internship.  A qualifying examination consisting of both written and oral components is required of all doctoral students. Each student must also present a dissertation which is the result of original research.

Program Details

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Tuition Cost: Refer to Full-time per Credit Hour Rates for Undergraduate Students on the UK Tuition and Mandatory Fees page.

Curriculum Guide

For more information on course planning for the Ed.D in Instruction and Administration (Instructional Systems Design emphasis), contact the program director.



Feel free to contact us with any questions you might have regarding this program. We can’t wait to hear from you!


photo of Dr. Ryan Crowley
Associate Professor, Interim Director of Graduate Studies
(859) 257-3158
photo of Dr. Gerry Swan
Associate Professor
(859) 257-2340
photo of Kun Huang
Interim DGS, Instructional Systems Design Program Faculty Chair, Associate Professor
(859) 257-4661

Tuition and Fees

For information regarding current program cost please refer to the UK Tuition and Fees page.

Refund Policies

You can find tuition refund policies, deadlines, amounts, and other important information on the UK Student Account Services website.

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