How to Apply

How to Apply

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Northwestern University's Learning Sciences program was the first of its kind in the nation.

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Application Details

The Learning Sciences Master of Arts program offers rolling admissions throughout the year. The application period for fall matriculation opens in September the year before the fall start date. For greater consideration, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications early in the admissions cycle. Applicants interested in the Learning Sciences master's program are encouraged to contact adviser Caitlin Burnett at

Early Decision

Applicants seeking an early decision should submit their applications by Dec. 31 and notify adviser Caitlin Burnett at, of their early decision preference. Early decision applicants will be notified by January 31st.

Application Materials

All application documents are required to be submitted electronically. We do not accept paper copies of application documents. The following application documents are required:

  • Graduate School online application
  • Application fee of $95 submitted online
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose

Resume and writing sample

Writing samples should be academic in nature and applicant should be the sole author.

Copies of transcripts may be submitted during the application process. However, official transcripts are required of all admitted students before the start of the first quarter.

GRE scores must be sent directly from ETS and must be no older than five years at time of matriculation (September 2014).

For the TOEFL, you must score 600 or higher on the paper-based test, 250 or higher on the computer-based test, 100 or higher on the internet based test. For the IELTS, you must receive a score of 7.0 or higher. English proficiency scores are required of all international applicants.

If you have earned a graduate or undergraduate degree from an accredited institution of higher education where the primary language of instruction is English, you are not required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score.

Visiting Campus

All prospective students interested in the LSMA program are encouraged to attend an open house or arrange for an individual visit by contacting Caitlin Burnett.
Students who have been admitted to the program may receive financial assistance for travel costs from outside the Chicago area.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Click here for more information about financial aid.

Master's students are not eligible for teaching or research assistantships, nor are the demands of the program compatible with full-time or part-time employment. The only significant source of financial aid is a student loan, although a small number of merit-based tuition reduction awards are available.

Merit Awards

Each year SESP makes a small number of merit-based awards to admitted master's students. These awards do not require a separate application.

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Andy Wolanski - Program Assistant




Caitlin Burnett - LSMA adviser





Learning Sciences Program School of Education and Social Policy
Northwestern University
2120 Campus Drive Room 201
Evanston, IL 60208-2610

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Learning Sciences Program School of Education and Social Policy

2120 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208
Northwestern University

Phone: 847/491-7494