Learning & cognition/
educational technology M.A. & Ph.D.
Make improvements in education through psychology, science, and technology
As a student in the program, you’ll study the psychological processes critical to education. Research in our program focuses on cognitive and social-emotional development, including high-level cognition and factors shaping and enhancing learning throughout the lifespan. You'll use this knowledge to develop better educational processes and procedures for schools and other educational agencies, businesses, human and social service organizations, health care providers, government agencies, and more.
- Faculty (Ph.D only)
- Research scientists at universities and companies
- Human service organizations, health care units
- Government agencies
A master's degree is not required to apply for the doctoral program.
Master's of Arts (M.A.)
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)
What you'll study
- Cognitive processes
- Scientific reasoning
- Problem solving
- Teaching effectiveness
- Dynamic-based simulations
- Learning from texts
- Software and courseware design
- Reading and language
- Adaptive learning systems
- Technology-enhanced learning
- Conceptual change
- Mathematical cognition
Visit the College of Education and Human Development's Finance and Funding page for information on tuition.
Fellowships & awards
Submit your application materials by Dec. 1, and you’ll automatically be considered for Graduate School fellowships and departmental awards based on scholastic achievement. Notification of awards will be sent in March.
Get paid to work as a teaching assistant, graduate instructor or research assistant. Graduate assistantships are available through the department, College of Education and Human Development, and the University.
- John P. Yackel/Pearson Graduate Internship
- Jack Merwin Graduate Assistantship
- All University of Minnesota graduate assistantships
Note: Applicants who complete their applications by the March 1 deadline will be less likely to receive graduate assistantships than students who meet the Dec. 1 deadline.
How to apply
"I joined the department for the opportunity to pursue my interests and to get top-quality research training and mentorship."
Reese Butterfuss Ph.D. student | email@example.com
Interests: Knowledge revision and learning in the context of reading
Work: Reese's past work research on reading assessment and academic interventions. Currently, his work explores the individual differences in knowledge revision.