Education Sciences

Program Type: Certificate

The Multidisciplinary Program in Education Sciences (MPES) is designed for PhD students who want to pursue a research career studying critical policy and practice issues in the field of education. The program provides a unified system of research mentoring and coursework for students from a diverse set of academic fields. Students acquire knowledge of related work in a group of core related disciplines and engage in education-related research informed by the resulting cross-disciplinary insights. In addition to earning a certificate, MPES fellows earn financial support. With support from the U.S Department of Education, MPES fellows receive up to 3 years of graduate student tuition, $30,000 annual stipend, and $2,000 annually to support research and travel.

Participants, known as MPES Fellows, are chosen by the MPES Steering Committee from among doctoral students in good standing currently enrolled in one of six participating Graduate School programs. Participating programs are: Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences: Economics, Psychology, Sociology, Statistics; School of Education and Social Policy: Learning Sciences, Human Development and Social Policy. Applicants are chosen on the basis of the centrality of education to their programs of research and their scholarly promise.

To earn the MPES certificate, fellows take 14 required courses, some of which are core courses in their primary disciplines. The required courses fall into the categories of quantitative methods (four courses), qualitative methods (one course), education policy (two courses), evaluation (two courses), cognition and student learning (two courses), human development (one course), design (one course), and reading and mathematics learning (one course). Specific courses vary depending on the individual fellow’s primary discipline. In addition, the MPES fellow must complete the MPES research practicum course and participate in other MPES activities as outlined in the award letter.

See Education Sciences Certificate Requirements for specific courses and procedures needed to complete this program.

Who Should Apply?

Doctoral candidates from Economics, Human Development & Social Policy, Learning Sciences, Psychology, Sociology, and Statistics are eligible to apply.

How to Apply

The following admission materials should be submitted directly to the director of the program:

  • One- to two-page memo outlining applicant’s research interests in education
  • C.V. or resume, including GRE scores and any awards received
  • Letter of reference from a faculty member in the applicant’s PhD program that speaks to the applicant’s academic promise and the centrality of education to the applicant’s research interests

Who to Contact

Please contact the program coordinator, listed below, with questions about this certificate. Or, explore the MPES website for more information.

Elora Ditton
2120 Campus Drive, Room 240
Evanston, IL 60208

Email: elora.ditton@northwestern.edu
Phone: (847) 467-5115