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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 Deadlines

  • PhD Programs (LS & LS+CS)

    Dec. 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 Nick Tryling 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 Nick Tryling of their early decision preference. Early decision applicants will be notified by Jan. 31.

PhD Application Details

The admissions application is now open for the fall 2020 cohortApplications are accepted for fall quarter matriculation only. All PhD applicants must meet the deadline of Dec. 31, 2019. Incomplete applications will not be considered for admission. Applicants are encouraged to contact program assistant program assistant Nick Tryling 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.

PhD Application Timeline

December  - On-line application due to The Graduate School
January  - Faculty begin reviewing applications
January/February  - Faculty issue interview invitations
Mid to late February - Learning Sciences Interview Day, Northwestern University's Evanston campus
March  - Faculty send admit letter offers
April  -  Council of Graduate Schools Admit Letter Acceptance Deadline Council of Graduate Schools

Application Materials

All application documents are required to be submitted electronically; we don't accept paper copies. The following application documents are required:


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Megan Redfearn

Director, Doctoral Student Affairs 




Nick Tryling

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