Ph.D. LCID Specialization in Learning Sciences

Program Details

Area(s) of Study:
  • Learning Sciences
Associated Degree:
  • Ph.D.
  • On-Campus
Program Level:
  • Doctoral
Program Type:
  • Degree


Learning sciences is an emerging, interdisciplinary field that tackles key questions about learning and education. This specialization within the Learning, Cognition, Instruction, and Development concentration prepares students for interdisciplinary work investigating contexts and processes of learning and teaching in a variety of school and out-of-school settings.
Through coursework and research experiences, our students are exposed to the three major themes that permeate research and theory in the learning sciences: social context, cognition, and design. Students in the learning sciences draw on theories and research methods that cut across disciplines such as:

  • anthropology;
  • computer science;
  • cognitive science;
  • natural sciences;
  • psychology;
  • linguistics;
  • philosophy; and
  • sociocultural studies.

Our students learn qualitative, quantitative, and design-based research tools, preparing them for rigorous research on understanding how students learn in authentic settings and the environments that learning scientists design. Our specialization faculty focus on learning in a variety of content areas, including science, mathematics, and literacy as well as on collaborative learning and the role of technology.


Please visit to apply. (Online applications are required.)

Applications are due by December 1 for fall admission.

Students applying to this program will need:

  • Transcripts from their undergraduate program and for any other degree they have received.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • GRE scores (from within the last five years) -verbal, quantitative, and analytic writing are necessary. For more information on the GRE, please go to
  • A personal statement that describes why you are interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in Education at Rutgers, what you would like to study and research, and what qualities and experiences you would bring to the Rutgers GSE—In more than 1,000 words total, we ask you to address the following questions: 
    • Why do you want to earn a Ph.D. in Education, and what are your long-term goals?
    • What are your research interests within the field of education?
    • What do you bring to the program that will help you succeed as a researcher and professional colleague?
    • Why is the Rutgers GSE an appropriate doctoral program in which to pursue your research interests? Please describe your interests in specific concentrations/areas of study and/or your interest in working with a certain faculty member(s).

Please refer to the GSE website for details about programs, faculty, admissions criteria, financial aid, and tuition. Questions about admissions procedures are answered by Graduate and Professional Admissions at the website listed above.


Proseminars (6 credits)
Required Research (6 credits)
Methodology (12 credits)
Concentration (18 credits)
Courses will include:
Cognate Courses (6 credits) Dissertation (24 credits)

Program Requirements

The Ph.D. in Education requires 48 credits of coursework and 24 credits of dissertation research. All students in the Learning, Cognition, Instruction, and Development concentration take a common set of courses, accumulating 18 credits within the concentration, of which 6 credits must be classes within the concentration but outside the faculty adviser’s specialty.

A complete listing of degree requirements is available for download or at the Office of Student and Academic Services.

If you have more specific questions about this concentration, please contact Clark A. Chinn.