The Doctor of Philosophy in Learning Sciences is a research degree intended to advance the understanding of how people learn by examining the culture, approaches, and attributes of learners in a variety of learning environments. This program is designed for individuals who seek practical and theoretical training as tenure-track faculty, research scientists, developers, instructional designers and practitioners in professional, non-profit, and academic settings. Students within the Learning Sciences program may seek answers to questions regarding best strategies for ensuring that students excel across variety of subject domains. They may explore the underlying processes that support learning, the multiple contextual and social influences on learners, the use of digital media to accomplish cognitive tasks or create innovative environments for learning, and the diversity of methods for systematically studying complex learning in a variety of settings. Graduates may pursue employment in higher education, Fortune 500 companies, school settings, the military or a host of other industries, working in research and development, school administration, curriculum design, program evaluation, assessment design, or digital media and game development.
The interdisciplinary nature of the Learning Sciences Ph.D. program offers students flexibility to customize a program of study tailored to meet their learning or career goals.
Students in the Doctor of Philosophy program in Learning Sciences will:
Applications for the learning sciences doctoral program are considered throughout the year. Only complete application packets are considered for admission and should be submitted by October 1 for spring admission and March 1 for summer/fall admission.
Admission requirements include the following:
Complete application packet:
In addition to the application packet, students may be required to participate in an on-campus or telephone interview. Interviews are conducted in October and December for spring admissions and February and May for fall admissions.
For additional information, please contact the program coordinator (Dani Herro)
The School or Program offers a number of graduate assistantships to students each year based on merit. These are offered in the form of stipends and the additional benefit of tuition remission. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester to qualify for a graduate assistantship and must work a minimum of 10 hours a week as a teaching or research assistant or perform other tasks assigned by the School or Program.