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Why Pursue a PhD in Interdisciplinary Learning?

The foundation of this PhD program focuses on how teaching and learning is addressed within disciplines, how they may intersect with one another, and how each maintains its uniqueness while sharing commonalities with other disciplines.  This doctoral program draws on theory and research addressing the interdisciplinary nature of content, knowledge, processes, learning theory, teaching effectiveness, multicultural education, assessment, and the delivery of interdisciplinary instruction with and through technology-based processes and systems.

Research Opportunities

This doctoral program offers students the opportunity to collaborate and conduct research with professors from a variety of disciplines. Interdisciplinary research weaves together different perspectives in order to generate new insights related to interdisciplinary learning and teaching. Students will draw on theory and research addressing the interdisciplinary nature of content, knowledge, processes, learning theory, teaching effectiveness, multicultural education, assessment, and the delivery of interdisciplinary instruction with and through technology-based processes and systems.

Admission & Application Requirements

Applications are submitted through the UTSA Graduate Application. Please upload all required documents (listed below) on your UTSA Graduate Application. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure completion and submission of the application, a nonrefundable application fee, and all required supporting documents are on file with UTSA by the appropriate application deadline.

Interdisciplinary Learning & Teaching (PhD)
Admission is only available for the Fall semester
  Required Degree Master’s Degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States or have proof of equivalent training at a foreign institution
  Minimum GPA 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) departments may consider GPA of last 60 semester credit hours
  Coursework 18 credit hours in an area related to this graduate degree and at least 12 hours must be at the upper-division level
  Transcripts* Required from all institutions attended; international transcripts must be recorded/translated to English
  Credential Evaluation Required if you have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions, submit an evaluation of your transcripts from Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) directly from the graduate admission application platform
  GRE Required scores not older than five years
  TOEFL/IELTS Score 550 TOEFL Paper / 79 TOEFL Internet / 6.5 IELTS scores for International applicants (exempt countries)
  Purpose Statement Required 750-900 words describing research interest and why you're applying
  Resume Required
  Letters of Recommendation 2 letters demonstrating your academic and personal attributes for success in this program (you will request these through the Graduate Admissions Application; let your recommenders know of your deadline to ensure submissions are on time)
*Unofficial transcripts will be taken into consideration for admissions; however if admitted into the program, you must submit official transcripts to the University.
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Admission Deadlines

Applicants are encouraged to have their admission file completed as early as possible. All applications, required documents and letters of recommendation if applicable must be submitted by 5:00 PM U.S. Central Time on the day of the deadline. Deadlines are subject to change.

Interdisciplinary Learning & Teaching (PhD)
Completed applications will be reviewed for admission on March 15. Decisions will be made and sent to applicants within a few weeks after the review date.
  Fall Spring Summer
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Domestic February 1 Not Available Not Available

Funding Opportunities

For more information about graduate funding, click below.

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Career Options

UTSA prepares you for future careers that are in demand. The possible careers below is data pulled by a third-party tool called Emsi, which pulls information from sources like the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau, online job postings, other government databases and more to give you regional and national career outlook related to this academic program.


Courses are offered at night once a week for three hours (6:00 PM to 8:45 PM) Monday – Thursday in the fall or spring. Or, during the day two hours a day Monday – Friday in the four-week summer sessions. In addition, some courses are available at night meeting Monday – Friday for three weeks in the Maymester.

Student Development Specialist

Molly Miller

(210) 458-7443

molly.miller@utsa.edu

Graduate Advisor of Record

Iliana Alanis, PhD

210-458-5422

Iliana.Alanis@utsa.edu