Learning Sciences

Learning Sciences

PhD and Masters in Learning Sciences

Learning sciences advances understanding of the learning process and the design of innovative learning environments. This interdisciplinary, research-based field originated at Northwestern University, where the School of Education and Social Policy started the first learning sciences program in the world to help people develop the skills needed for an increasingly complex world.

PhD in Learning Sciences

Students become qualified as researchers, developers and practitioners who advance the scientific understanding and practice of teaching and learning.

PhD in Computer Science and Learning Sciences (CS+LS)

This program builds on enduring and growing connections between research on learning and computation.

Paulo Blikstein Nichole Pinkard Erica Halverson

Meet Our Learning Sciences Alumni

Alumni of the Learning Sciences program advance to leadership positions in academic, nonprofit and business organizations. Master's graduates work as educational designers, consultants, training providers and school technologists. PhD graduates excel as researchers with universities, government agencies and private firms.

See what our Learning Sciences PhD alumni are doing.


Stay current with the latest news from our Learning Sciences program.

‘Is a PhD for Me?'

Most people have heard the term ‘PhD,’ and they know that getting one is an outstanding accomplishment. But few picture themselves on this journey.

Outstanding Graduate Students Honored

Chris Cvikota, a technical specialist at Northwestern University who earned his master’s in higher education administration and policy, received the Outstanding Leadership Awards from the Northwestern Alumni Association.

Rapp's Lab Combats Misinformation

Professor David Rapp and his students hold down an especially lively corner of psychology, one that requires them to mix it up with scholars, scientists, and journalists on a regular basis, Delia O’Hara wrote in a story for the American Psychological Association.

Contact Us

Learning Sciences Program School of Education and Social Policy

2120 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208
Northwestern University

Phone: 847/491-4329