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.
Ph.D. in Learning and Developmental Sciences
Specialization in Learning Sciences
- Application Deadlines
- Admissions Requirements
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- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
- Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 out of 4.00
- Completed online application that includes:
- Personal statement
- Resume (required from international students only)
- Three letters of recommendation
- GRE scores
- Minimum 79 TOEFL score or minimum 6.5 IELTS score (international students only)
- Program Requirements
- Tuition and Fees
Per credit hour
Residency Tuition* IN Resident $444.27 Non-resident $1515.17
*Does not include fees, which will vary depending on the number of credits enrolled. Find more information and calculate your expected costs at Student Central.
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- Consult your employer about the availability of tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance programs.
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- Frequently Asked Questions
Why earn your doctorate at the IU School of Education? Ph.D. or Ed.D.—which is right for you? Get answers to these questions and more.Read the FAQ
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.
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