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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

Applications for the Learning Sciences PhD program are accepted for fall quarter matriculation only. Applications must be received by December 31 before the fall start date. Applicants interested in the PhD program are encouraged to contact program assistant Andy Wolanski at any time.

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

The writing sample should be academic in nature and provide evidence of your ability to conduct scholarly inquiry. Subject matter is not limited to education, and there is no length limit. However, the file size must not exceed 2MB in order to upload. Examples of writing sample submissions include a research paper or master's thesis.

All post-secondary official transcripts

Copies of unofficial 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 (send scores via code #1565)

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

English proficiency scores for non-native English speakers:

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 are 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 score. 

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Andy Wolanski, Program Assistant





Learning Sciences Program School of Education and Social Policy
Northwestern University
2120 Campus Drive Room 239
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