Learning Sciences PhD

Degree Requirements

The following requirements are in addition to, or further elaborate upon, those requirements outlined in The Graduate School Policy Guide.


Total Units Required: 15

Course Title
Required courses:
LRN_SCI 401-0Knowledge Representation for the Learning Sciences
LRN_SCI 402-0Social Dimensions of Teaching & Learning
LRN_SCI 403-0Foundations of the Learning Science
LRN_SCI 405-2What's the System in Educational Systems
LRN_SCI 425-0Introduction to Design for the Learning Sciences
LRN_SCI 451-0Topics in Learning Sciences (Field Methods)
LRN_SCI 451-0Topics in Learning Sciences (Advanced Qualitative Methods)
LRN_SCI 451-0Topics in Learning Sciences (Quantitative Methods 1)
LRN_SCI 451-0Topics in Learning Sciences (Quantitative Methods 2)
Two of the following courses:
LRN_SCI 426-0Design of Technological Tools for Thinking and Learning
LRN_SCI 429-0Design of Learning Environments
COMP_SCI 430-0Design of Interactive Learning Environments
COMP_SCI 472-0Designing & Constructing Models with Multi-Agent Language
Program seminars or University graduate-level courses (5)

Other PhD Degree Requirements

  • Examinations: written qualifying exam taken during summer after second year
  • Research/Projects: research presentation and paper after second year; pre-dissertation research project
  • Teaching: serve as teaching assistant for at least two courses
  • PhD Dissertation: based upon independent research
  • Final Evaluations: oral defense of dissertation research