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.

Application Deadlines

  • PhD Programs (LS & LS+CS)

    December 15 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 email at any time.

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  • Master of Science in Education, Learning Sciences 

    Our Master's program is now accepting applications for Fall 2021.

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PhD Application Details

Applications are accepted for fall quarter matriculation only. The admissions application has closed for the Fall 2021 cohort and will reopen in September 2021 for the Fall 2022 cohort.  

All PhD applicants must meet the deadline of December 15, 2021. Incomplete applications will not be considered for admission. 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
February  - Faculty issue interview invitations
Mid to late February - Virtual Learning Sciences Interviews
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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Learning Sciences Program School of Education and Social Policy

2120 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208
Northwestern University

Phone: 847/491-7494