Learning & Instruction Sciences Concentration - Admission Requirements

The faculty of Educational Psychology is pleased to note your interest in the program leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Educational Psychology with a concentration in Learning and Instruction Sciences.  The faculty is committed to training highly competitive practitioners. Consequently, the competition for admission to the program is high and only a limited number of applicants can be accepted.

The Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Psychology – Learning and Instruction Science concentration offers three options for admission:

  1. Application for direct admission to the Ph.D. Program from undergraduate studies, or
  2. Application to the Ph.D. Program after the first year enrolled in the M.A. in School and Community Psychology, Counseling Psychology, or the M.Ed. in Educational Psychology, or their equivalent, or
  3. Application after completion of a master’s degree.  Students who are admitted to the Ph.D. Program prior to receiving an M.A. or M.Ed. degree will be expected to complete the requirements of the applicable M.A. or M.Ed. Program in Educational Psychology at Wayne State University during their doctoral study.

Application materials must be submitted to the director of the Learning and Instruction Science concentration: 

Barry S. Markman, Ph.D.
Doctoral Program Director—Learning and Instruction Sciences concentration

335 Education Building
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI 48202

  • All applicants for admission to the LIS Ph.D. program must have a combined Verbal and Quantitative score on the Graduate Record Examination of at least 1000.  Applicants applying with a completed master’s degree in the above stated areas must also have a graduate GPA of at least 3.50 on a 4 point scale.  Applicants for direct admission with only a completed bachelor’s degree must also have a minimum 15 semester hours of coursework in psychology with grades of B+ or better. These applicants should preferably have graduated with a psychology major, but majors in closely fields will be considered. The applicants should also have an overall undergraduate GPA of at least 3.25 on a 4 point scale.  Applicants with 1-2 years of completed graduate work in an educational psychology, psychology or related master's program, must have a minimum GPA of 3.50 on a 4 point scale and be in good standing in their program.  All applicants are required to complete the Personal Statement, provide the work sample and three letters of recommendation as specified below.
  • If this is your first application, you will need to apply for admission online at Wayne State University's Graduate SchoolWhen you complete on-line application, you MUST select "Education Psychology-Ph.D." under Planned Course of Study and "School Psychology" under Concentration.  Graduate Enrollment Services is located in The Welcome Center, 42 W. Warren, Detroit, MI 48202.  Their phone number is (313) 577-3577. Graduate students, already admitted and in good standing with the Wayne State University Graduate Division, should file doctoral applications (also known as Change of Major applications) with the College of Education Academic Services Office (489 Education, Detroit, MI 48202, 313-577-1605).  In this instance, you do not need to pay the application fee.
  • The following application materials should be sent to the Program Director of the Learning and Instruction Sciences concentration, Dr. Barry Markman at the address provided above.

a) Request two sets of official transcripts of your undergraduate and graduate work from all institutions of higher education previously attended.  One set is to be sent directly to the Program Director. The other set must be submitted with your application to Graduate Admissions or to the College of Education Academic Services Office for those applicants who are currently graduate students at Wayne State University.

b) A Personal Statement using the form and questions.

c) A Work Sample that demonstrates your writing skills in an area of psychology. This may be a research paper from an undergraduate/graduate class, an undergraduate thesis, a scholarly paper presented at a conference, a published manuscript, or a concise case presentation. Please attach a brief introduction and explanation to the sample.

d) Three letters of recommendation. One of the letters of recommendation should be written by a person who has supervised your professional activities and the other two should be persons familiar with your academic skills and performance. Each letter of recommendation must be accompanied by the Evaluation Form and mailed directly by the author to the Doctoral Program Director: School Psychology concentration

e) The Personal Information Form.

  • Candidates with competitive applications will be invited for an interview with the Ph.D. Admissions Committee.
  • All admission materials must be received by the program concentration no later than February 14.  If you have any questions, contact the program area secretary at (313) 577-1614.
  • Applicants will be notified, in writing, of the Learning and Instruction Sciences Admissions Committee’s decision regarding their acceptance into the program no later than May 1, prior to the beginning of the academic year in which successful applicants will begin doctoral study.  Applicants who are not admitted may request in writing that their application be held for the following year.  Applicants who have been denied admission to the program twice will not be considered again.