Ph.D. in Learning and Developmental Sciences – Specialization in Learning Sciences
Students in our Learning Sciences Ph.D. program come from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds, from math and science to psychology and computer science. What unites them is a desire to understand the connection between how people learn and the environments in which they learn, and to make those environments more effective.
We believe that learning science problems are solved through interdisciplinary collaboration. You’ll collaborate with researchers in related fields, such as cognitive science. As a candidate, you will establish and defend your personal research agenda. Learn to apply relevant social scientific theory, psychological theory, and educational design theory to our research. In addition, you will prepare a research grant proposal tailored to the needs and interests of major foundations and government agencies that support advances in learning sciences.
December 1 is the priority funding deadline for the Dean’s Fellowship and University Graduate School diversity fellowships. Eligible applicants will automatically be considered for fellowships – no separate application is necessary.
International students are encouraged to apply early to allow extra time for their materials to arrive.
The Graduate Studies Office will accept unofficial transcripts and self-reported test scores for admission reviews. Any admission made with these documents would be conditioned on receipt of official documents, which should be provided as soon as possible.
Note: If you are currently enrolled or have applied in the past year, you are eligible for a reduced application fee of $35. Learn more »
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 out of 4.00
Completed online application that includes:
Resume (required from international students only)
Three letters of recommendation
Minimum 79 TOEFL score or minimum 6.5 IELTS score (international students only)