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Online Learning Sciences Graduate Program
Build your scientific understanding of education and engage in the design and implementation of innovative learning.

Why Earn a Doctor of Education in Applied Learning Sciences?

The University of Miami’s Applied Learning Sciences program offers expert insight into the theory behind learning environments and knowledge of curriculum design that can be immediately applied to the workplace.

With an Applied Learning Sciences degree, you can excel in traditional educational settings and beyond. Graduates can pursue a career in formal education environments such as universities and K-12 schools with roles in curriculum development and instructional design. Unlike other post-graduate education programs, UOnline graduates are also prepared for professional learning design, training, and organizational development roles in the corporate or nonprofit world. Graduates with an interest in entrepreneurship are equipped to develop learning products or technologies for EdTech companies or start their own ventures.

Students will graduate with a firm understanding of both formal and informal learning environments, ready to pursue teaching, training, and development roles in a range of industries. Are you ready to join us?

Program At A Glance

15 courses

7 weeks per course

2.5 years to complete

SACSCOC accredited

GRE waived for eligible applicants

1 cumulative project

Explore More About The Program

The University of Miami Doctor of Education in Applied Learning Sciences is a fully online EdD program that prepares students for careers that require expertise in multiple facets of human learning. Explore more about our faculty and the curriculum below.

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Career Opportunities for Learning Science PhDs and EdDs

Those drawn to pursuing a doctorate in science education tend to be passionately curious. They have a love for learning and helping others find that same passion. But beyond your own love of learning, you may be curious about what career opportunities this degree will provide.

With a learning sciences doctoral degree, you will be equipped to be an excellent teacher, administrator, scholar, and researcher. A learning science PhD or EdD can also help give you a boost at your current workplace, giving you crucial skills in training, interpersonal relations, and more.

The best learning sciences graduate programs offer flexibility in career possibilities. Do you see yourself working in the classroom as a professor? As a school district supervisor? As an entrepreneurial thought leader in homeschooling philosophy?

When earning a doctorate in science education online, you will be equipped to make a difference at a university or community college institution. This degree will set you up for a research-based role and help increase your chance at a tenured faculty position.

And according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, postsecondary teachers' job outlook from 2021-2031 has a projected growth rate of 12%. Each year, an average of 132,600 job openings for postsecondary teachers is projected.

Perhaps our Design of Online Learning Environments course will inspire you to take your skills into the online learning space. It’s only fitting that an online PhD or EdD in science education program would study itself!

Online learning became the norm when schools shut down in-person learning during COVID-19, having a direct impact on learning and performance in academic settings. As students continue to choose online learning, this space shows no signs of slowing down. Online learning platforms are now widely used among all ages and demographics. And your career may be at the forefront of artificial intelligence in online curriculum design. Become a learning app developer, or take your leadership skills into the business or healthcare sectors.

Perhaps you want to help a company better offer insightful professional development opportunities for their employees. If you want to work in human resources, our Design for Workplace-Related Learning class will set you up for success on your path to becoming a facilitator of professional development.

The brain is constantly adapting to the fast-changing world around us, technological innovations, and cultural shifts. Our EdD in learning sciences program also allows you to study how culture impacts learning. This sets you up to work globally or take your experience to a specific region near and dear to your heart. Fascinated by family cultures or lifelong learning? Become a specialist in family dynamics or pioneer ways to keep the brain fresh into old age.

Earning our EdD learning sciences online degree exposes you to our seminar in Design for Out-Of-School, Informal Learning. This course may inspire you to take up a career beyond the classroom in public forums of education. Informal education positions often combine learning with recreation or the arts. This includes jobs in museum curation, zoo, and aquarium program coordination, or at wildlife reserves or state parks. Or, opt to work behind the scenes to ensure athletes and student-athletes get the most out of their coaching and education.

With learning sciences graduate programs like ours, apply the research skills you learn to any research-dominant job. Acquire transferable skills to help others understand how learning happens in and out of school. Because this is an EdD in science education online, you have the option to keep your current job to see how this course of study illuminates your current career.

Make a difference in the private, academic, nonprofit, medical, or government sectors. Graduates will be equipped to help all ages and demographics in person or online, in professional or familial contexts – whether that lands them in after-school programs, city planning offices, or local community centers.

When it comes to learning sciences graduate programs, access to an extensive alumni to network with can make all the difference when the job hunt commences. Forge connections with University of Miami alumni in your desired field to learn more about your options.

Ready to take the next step toward your dream career? Apply today to the University of Miami’s learning science EdD program to start your journey.


Doctor of Education in Applied Learning Sciences $2,421 45 $108,945 $65,367

*This is the total estimated cost of the program before potential financial assistance.
†Based on the UM 2023-2024 UOnline Tuition and fees rate. Tuition and fees are subject to change.

You can learn more about financial aid opportunities available to you here.

Summer 2024 Early Admission Deadline

Ready to apply?

For students who wish to start classes in the Doctor of Education in Applied Learning Sciences on May 6, 2024, the early admission deadline is March 11, 2024. Download the UOnline Application Checklist for a step-by-step guide through the simplified application process and contact an enrollment advisor to waive your $300 deposit fee.

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A Message from Dean Laura Kohn-Wood

"This program is the first of its kind to focus on real-world applications of how people learn across multiple settings and to be offered entirely online. The collaborations and professional working relationships that are created not only support students, but also give them insight into working across a wide range of environments."

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