12 months
59370 USD/year
59370 USD/year
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The Learning Sciences concentration at Northwestern University prepares masters students to advance the understanding and practice of teaching and learning.


Research and coursework emphasize instructional, technological, and social policy innovations and the design of effective learning and teaching environments. This program is intended for people with a wide variety of interests, including research, teaching and training, software development, school administration and the study and reform of learning environments.

The Learning Sciences program at Northwestern University was the first of its kind in the nation. The program was developed with the understanding that design, cognition and sociocultural contexts are core areas for approaching learning and teaching in both formal and informal settings. The curriculum and research projects in the Learning Sciences program exemplifies continued focus in these areas. 

Access to Faculty

Master’s students have a great deal of contact with the faculty and the wider community of researchers, both through their coursework and through independent research projects. Faculty members make it a high priority to take time with students to provide direction in courses, answer questions and recommend resources. 

Connected Community

Because the number of master's students and the SESP community as a whole are relatively small, students are easily able to form connections with the faculty and full-time researchers. Indeed, the LS and MSED graduate programs are designed to foster a sense of community and encourage knowledge sharing both inside and outside the classroom.

Customized Curriculum

Whereas some aspects of the program are fixed (e.g., required courses), there is sufficient flexibility for students to tailor their courses and project work to suit their own particular interests. As the program progresses, students are given increasing options for electives, and they join research teams composed of faculty and PhD students, allowing for in-depth research experience.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Knowledge Representations for the Learning Sciences
  • Foundations of the Learning Sciences
  • Design
  • Design of Learning Environments 
  • Design of Technological Tools for Thinking and Learning
  • Curriculum Design & Assessment
  • Learning and Teaching with Technology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Graduate School online application
  • Application fee of $95
  • Two letters of recommendation (minimum; three maximum)
  • Statement of purpose
  • Resume/CV
  • Writing sample
  • All post-secondary official transcripts
  • Optional GRE scores
  • English proficiency scores for non-native English speakers

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    59370 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 59370 USD for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    59370 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 59370 USD for the full programme during 12 months.

Living costs for Evanston

1100 - 1500 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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