Cognitive Science

The Institute of Cognitive Science (ICS) sponsors Graduate Certificate Programs and Combined PhD Programs that provide exceptional breadth and depth of interdisciplinary training in the cognitive sciences. Graduate students who are interested in these ICS programs must first be admitted to a CU Boulder graduate program. The participating graduate programs hosting cognitive science fellows include:

  • Psychology and Neuroscience
  • Philosophy
  • Computer Science
  • Linguistics
  • Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
  • Education
  • Architecture and Planning
  • Integrated Physiology
  • Students from other departments may request approval to participate

Students in good academic standing in one of these academic units can then make a formal application for admission to the Certificate or PhD Program in the Institute (ICS application, unofficial transcript, and plan of study). Once accepted into your desired program, a Progress Report should be completed annually and submitted to the Institute. Each program has formal approval from the Graduate School, and completion of a program is acknowledged by a Certificate of Completion on the student’s transcript, with the PhD programs noted on the student’s diploma.

ICS students can take an active role in the administration of ICS programs. Student representatives serve on the Student Travel and Research Fund Committee and elect one representative to serve on the ICS Executive Committee. 

Degrees Offered

PhD

Degree Details

PhD
The joint PhD program in cognitive science at the University of Colorado Boulder is designed to supplement existing graduate programs in the cognitive science academic departments. The program consists of course requirements, a practicum, and selection of a dissertation topic that represents the interdisciplinary nature of cognitive science. This program provides breadth and depth training in the cognitive sciences outside the graduate disciplines as well as formal acknowledgment of that interdisciplinary training. Graduate students in cognitive science at the University of Colorado are admitted to a graduate program in ICS member departments that have cognitive science faculty and must meet the requirements for admission and degree completion in their home department. The joint PhD is awarded on completion of the joint program requirements, and the award/degree is noted on the students' transcripts and diploma. The program is administered by the Curriculum Committee of the Institute of Cognitive Science, under the direction of the ICS Academic Programs director.

Admissions Requirements

  1. Must be a graduate student in good standing in one of the ICS member departments.
  2. Graduate students in cognitive science at the University of Colorado are admitted to a graduate program in participating departments that have cognitive science faculty and must meet the requirements for admission and degree completion in their home department.

Minimum Standards for Applicants
Must be a graduate student in good standing in one of the ICS member departments: Psychology, Computer Science, Education, Linguistics, Philosophy, and Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. Graduate students from other departments will be considered on a case by case basis. The applicant’s research focus and dissertation topic must qualify as interdisciplinary/cognitive science work.

 

Contact Information

  Donna Caccamise
  Associate Director and
  Academic Program Director
 Donna.Caccamise@Colorado.edu