Cognitive Neuroscience Combined PhD
Graduate students in good standing in one of the participating academic units—Psychology and Neuroscience; Philosophy; Computer Science; Linguistics; Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences; Education; Information Science; Integrative Physiology; and Architecture and Planning—may apply to earn a combined PhD with Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, and their core discipline.
Students interested in the Combined PhD with Cognitive Science and Neuroscience must meet course and thesis requirements. The student’s thesis advisor must be a participating faculty member of the cognitive neuroscience faculty. To enroll in this triple degree, you must enroll in the Neuroscience Program and the Cognitive Science Program. Review the course requirements on the link below.
Students in good academic standing can then make a formal application for admission to the Triple PhD Program in the Institute (ICS application, unofficial transcript, and plan of study). Once accepted into the 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 with the PhD program noted on the student’s diploma.
Once completed, fill out the Triple PhD Completion checklist found under "Forms" and turn it in at the Institute's main office.
For more information: Donna Caccamise
Associate Director and
Academic Program Director
Cognitive Neuroscience--Combined Ph.D. Triple Major: Neuroscience + Cognitive Science + Home Dept.
Total number of units = 28-34
1. Core (11-14 units):
2. Depth Courses (6-9 units)
Pick from Course List below
3. Related Discipline Specialization (11+ units)
Pick from Course List below (currently may not be a complete list – check with Advisor)
A total of 28-34 hours of graduate level courses from the list of Core, Depth, and Breadth courses (see below) are required for the Combined Neuroscience Cognitive Science + Core Discipline PhD. More courses may be required if the student pursues topics outside of the cognitive neuroscience track, taking other courses listed in the approved course listings for the Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, or Core Discipline degrees that do not appear above. Of these 28-34 hours, 11 or 14 hours consist of Core breadth and integration courses for Cognitive Neuroscientists, 6-9 hours consist of Cognitive Neuroscience depth courses, and the remainder are derived from Cognitive Neuroscience-related discipline specialization courses.