Illinois Institute of Technology - Chicago, IL

  • Ph.D

PhD ID was the first design school in the US to create a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program, and it continues to have the largest interdisciplinary doctoral design program in the country. The PhD in design is a research program for those who wish to teach or conduct fundamental research in design. The program culminates with a dissertation that extends the body of knowledge about design theory and process. All applicants to the PhD program must have a demonstrated interest in a research area that aligns with research currently being conducted at the Institute of Design. For a list of currently active topics, please see our faculty profiles. Much of our faculty and students' research work is supported by companies through a variety of sponsorship programs. Admitted doctoral students will be required to submit and obtain approval for a program of study and pass a foreign language requirement. Within two years of being admitted, and after approval of the program of study and passage of the foreign language examination, the student must take a comprehensive examination. This examination is intended as a rigorous review of the level of competence achieved by the student as a result of the entire program of graduate study (except for the dissertation) as approved by the advisory committee and specified in the program of study form. Students are not considered candidates for the PhD degree until after the comprehensive examination is passed. For further information, please visit the department home page. Doctor of Philsophy in Design Program (based on the 2009-2010 PhD student body) Doctoral candidates: 9 Students per PhD advising faculty: 2-5 Rate of completion: 87% PhD degrees granted since the program's inception in 1992: 23 PhD alumni holding faculty positions in major research universities: 75% PhD alumni working in major corporations in the U.S. and internationally: 25% Deadlines Fall admission: February 15 Optional early deadline: November 15 Please note that early acceptance does not guarantee admission for the following spring. Autumn is the usual starting semester for PhD students. Application requirements - Master's degree - GPA 3.0/4.0 minimum - Official transcript from institution where degree was earned - GRE required; TOEFL required for international applicants without a degree from an accredited English-speaking university; minimum score 100. - Porfolio required in some cases (may include non-design projects) - Completed Statement of Research Interests (found in application) - Three letters of recommendation - Interview - Work experience, typically 2-5 years; should be included in resume for review - Must demonstrate peer recognitio (e.g., publications, lectures, awards) - Application fee of $100

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