Learning Sciences


Degrees Offered


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.


Program of Study

Students in the Doctor of Philosophy program in Learning Sciences will:

  • Develop, deliver, revise, and evaluate effective learning experiences
  • Gain scholarly expertise through rigorous training in quantitative, qualitative and mixed method research;
  • Design and implement rigorous research studies in areas related to the Learning Sciences;
  • Analyze existing research and participate in scholarly discourse in the field;
  • Apply leadership skills in areas such as Academia, Business, Government, or Healthcare.


Application Information

The priority application deadline is January 15. Applicants who wish to be considered for an assistantship must submit a complete application by January 15 in order to be included in the first round of reviews.

If the annual priority deadline is missed, applicants have until April 15 to submit complete applications, but assistantships may not be available during this second round of reviews.

This program only admits for fall terms.

Required Documents

Admission requirements include the following:

  • Admission to the Clemson University Graduate School
  • A Master’s degree is preferred, but not required. Master’s applicants with a GPA of 3.5 on 4.0 scale; bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. GPA exceptions are considered for applicants with extremely rigorous academic programs.

Complete application packet:

  • Online Application
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS/PTE scores for International Students
  • Unofficial Transcripts
    Official Transcripts required upon acceptance. Do not send official transcripts until you have received your letter of acceptance.
  • Competitive GRE or GMAT scores
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Current Resume/Vita
  • Letter of Intent – Writing sample that communicates the applicant’s professional philosophy and goals, research interests and purpose for seeking the doctorate. The letter should be two to three pages in length.
  • Students whose native language is not English must submit acceptable scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), unless an undergraduate degree was completed in the United States.

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.


Program Contact(s)

Program Coordinator(s)

  • Debi Switzer
  • Office: 211-A Tillman Hall
  • Phone: (864) 656-5098
  • Email: