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

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Application Deadlines

  • PhD Programs (LS & LS+CS)

    December 31 before the fall start date.

    Applications for the Learning Sciences PhD programs are accepted for fall quarter matriculation only.

    Applicants interested in the PhD program are encouraged to contact program assistant Megan Redfearn at at any time.

  • Learning Sciences
    Master of Arts

    Rolling admissions throughout the year.

    The application period for fall matriculation opens in September the year before the fall start date.
    For greater consideration submit your applications early in the admissions cycle.

    Early Decision

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

Application Details

***** Note: The 2019-2020 Learning Sciences Admissions Cycle Deadline Is Monday, December 31, 2018 *****

For the fall of 2019, the admissions application cycle will open on Sept. 4, 2018. Applications are accepted for fall quarter matriculation only. All applicants must meet the deadline of Dec. 31, 2018. Incomplete applications will not be considered for admission. Applicants are encouraged to contact program assistant Megan Redfearn by e-mail at at any time. Additional information for prospective students may be found on The Graduate School website. You may also view frequently asked questions about admissions.

Application Timeline

Monday, December 31, 2018 - On-Line Application due to TGS
January 2019 - Faculty Begin the Application Review Process
January/February 2019 - Faculty Issue Interview Invitations
Mid to late February - Learning Sciences Interview Day, Northwestern University's Evanston, IL Campus
March, 2019 - Faculty Send Admit Letter Offers to Admitted Candidates
April 15, 2019 -  Council of Graduate Schools Admit Letter Acceptance Deadline Council of Graduate Schools

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:


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Megan Redfearn

PhD Program Assistant




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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