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Learning Sciences & Human Development  Doctoral


What is Learning Sciences & Human Development at WVU like?


Our Ph.D. program positions students for success through extensive research and teaching apprenticeships, support to accomplish authentic research milestones – including published journal articles and national conference presentations, funding for at least three years, and carefully scaffolded coursework designed to guide doctoral work at each stage of the process. Each cohort travels through core courses and milestones together, providing a peer network to complement faculty support.

Application Deadlines

Each graduate program sets their own term of admission and application deadline. Applicants can only apply for admission for the term displayed below. Any questions regarding the application deadline should be directed to the graduate program representative.

Fall: March 1

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What are the requirements to apply for Learning Sciences & Human Development at WVU?

University Requirements

To be eligible for admission into a graduate program at WVU an applicant must submit official, bachelors degree transcripts from a regionally accredited institution and hold a GPA of at least 2.75.

WVU operates decentralized admissions. Decentralized admissions allows each graduate program to set its own application requirements in addition to the University requirements.

Program Requirements

To be eligible for admission into the Learning Sciences & Human Development graduate program an applicant must submit the following documentation:

  • Résumé /CV
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letters of Recommendation - Three
  • Essay/Writing Sample (Contact a Graduate Program Representative for a Prompt)

Additional considerations for applicants:

  • The Statement of Purpose should describe the applicant's motivation for a Ph.D. in Learning Sciences and Human Development. In this statement, briefly describe your scholarly interests, 1-3 faculty with whom you would like to work, how your interests align with those faculty members' expertise, and how you imagine completing this program will further your long-term professional goals. Information about LSHD faculty can be found at . More complete application guidelines can be found at . At least two letters of recommendation should come from university instructors familiar with your scholarly work (at undergraduate or graduate levels). Your writing sample should showcase scholarly work that you've completed as part of an undergraduate or graduate program. This can be a research report, a review of research literature, the development of an intellectual argument, or any other scholarly writing.

Applications that are incomplete or are sumbitted after the deadline may be reviewed if openings remain

International Applicants must also submit the materials outlined here.

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