ITP: Interdisciplinary Training Program in the Education Sciences ITP: Interdisciplinary Training Program in the Education Sciences
at the University of Wisconsin-Madison


View from Ed Sciences BuildingStudents in the training program must be enrolled full-time as doctoral students in sociology, economics, psychology, political science, the social welfare program in social work, educational leadership and policy analysis, educational policy studies, or educational psychology. They must fulfill all the requirements of their disciplinary homes, including coursework, seminars, comprehensive examinations, qualifying papers and/or master’s theses, proposals, and dissertations and be firmly grounded in the theoretical and methodological tools of their respective disciplines, including advanced statistical training. Within this framework, the training program will allow students and their mentors to craft individualized experiences that are suited to the interests of the students and the requirements of their disciplines.

Participating students will engage in research that addresses pressing questions about education policies and programs. Doctoral dissertations will emphasize questions of “what works” in education that are theoretically informed, but also stimulated by practical concerns. In addition, all will attend seriously to issues of causal inference, through randomized field trials, quasi-experimental studies, and/or rigorous statistical adjustments to non-experimental data from surveys, observations, and assessments. Two categories of students are admitted to the program:

  • Entry-level students are in their first or second year of graduate study when they enter the ITP.  Entry-level students can receive up to five years of funding.

  • Advanced students are dissertators when they enter the ITP and will complete their dissertations within two years after entry.  Advanced students can receive up to two years of funding.
UW-Madison is committed to recruiting diverse student populations and to ensuring accessibility to all persons, regardless of disability. The McBurney Disability Resource Center helps UW-Madison faculty understand students’ needs and identifies accommodations when appropriate.

Although the UW-ITP program can fund only U.S. citizens or permanent residents, it encourages international students with shared research interests to become part of the UW-ITP community.

Please see our application page for specific instructions on how to submit your application to UW-ITP. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Dominique Bradley.