Doctoral admissions

To apply to the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Science and Mathematics Education, see the Online Graduate Application, and then follow the Admission Instructions for the Graduate School of Education.

The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is NOT required for the 2021 application cycle.

We encourage you to read our application instructions thoroughly and begin your application early.

Please contact Lloyd Goldwasser at if you have any questions.

Entrance Requirements

To enter the program, a student must have an excellent academic record with a bachelor's or, preferably, a master's degree in a natural science, mathematics, or engineering/computer science.  Experience teaching, developing instructional materials, or doing educational or psychological research in these areas will also be favorably considered.  Knowledge of psychology, cognitive science, education, or statistics is helpful but not required. See SESAME Admissionsfor more information.

Type of Program (Ph.D.)

This program offers a Ph.D., and students who enter without a master’s degree in their discipline are expected to obtain at least Master's-level competency in their mathematical or scientific discipline.  

The program typically takes 10 semesters to complete for students who enter with their master's degree, and 12 semesters for those who are also working toward their master’s degree. Full time enrollment is expected. 

Transfer from within Berkeley 

Application for admission into SESAME by students already enrolled in a graduate degree program of the Berkeley campus is formally accomplished by submitting a (link is external)Graduate Petition for Change of Major or Degree Goal.

These petitions are considered along with other applications for admission to the doctoral program. A petition for Change of Degree Goal should be accompanied in all cases by a statement describing the reasons for the proposed change and the nature of the program of studies contemplated. Any applicants previously admitted by the Graduate Division must still submit the standard application form and required letters of recommendation. We may also request a copy of your file from your current department.


SESAME graduates take leadership roles in promoting educational innovations in academic, industrial, and museum settings including the Exploratorium and the Lawrence Hall of Science. Others teach in two- or four-year colleges or universities, or are directing educational programs of science museums or similar institutions that offer programs for the general public. Still others are active in educational research and curricular development, in industrial training programs, or in their own consulting businesses.