A PhD in the Learning Sciences

UIC's PhD program in the learning sciences takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of learning and the design of learning environments. Students pursue the study of learning in relation to a disciplinary specialization of their choosing.

***Please note: At present, the LSRI graduate program is open for the academic year 2021-22.  However. we are expecting to have a smaller intake year than normal, with possibly limited funding available. We anticipate that admissions for the academic year 2022-23 will return to normal.***

All students take a series of six core courses plus five semesters of the reading seminar Journal Club. These courses are taught by LSRI faculty. They also take a number of electives in an outside disciplinary specialization that they choose in consultation with their advisor. In this way, students are able to pursue a study plan tailored to their own interests in the arts, literacy, mathematics, computer sciences, biology and more.

We guarantee every accepted student five years of funding.

Every student who is accepted to the highly selective PhD program is fully funded for five years, either by fellowship or through appointment as a research assistant.

Students will accrue valuable experience in their chosen discipline.

Students have the opportunity to work as research assistants on a faculty research project that interests them. This work is one of the ways we fund graduate study.

Accepted students join a vibrant, diverse community of research.

As part of a richly diverse student body, students also have the opportunity to contribute to UIC's commitment to serving underrepresented populations by working in urban communities and contexts.

Apply to the PhD Program in Learning Sciences

Frequently Asked Questions

For More Information:

Graduate Program Coordinator
Jessica Chalmers
Phone: 312-355-2143

Director of Graduate Studies
Josh Radinsky
Phone: 312-413-7383

Graduate Program Spotlights

Students Posing at the office
Monika Moore, Prakrithy Pradeepkumar, Lisa Siciliano, and James Cooper.
Michael Bolz
Michael Bolz is a PhD candidate working on a dissertation about historical reasoning and writing while consulting on a project for Northwestern University.
Prakrithy, a first-year student, comes to us directly from Bangalore, India, where she was an instructor at Srishti University and worked for Google, India.
Katie James
Dr. James, a recent graduate, is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Northwestern University.
Lisa Siciliano
Lisa, a first-year student, has a background in theater and an MS in Education from Northwestern University.