CU Boulder graduate students enrolled and in good standing in one of the following departments/units can apply to the ICS Cognitive Science Graduate Certificate Program.

ATLAS InstituteArchitecture and Planning; Computer Science; Information ScienceIntegrative Physiology; LinguisticsPhilosophyPsychology and Neuroscience; School of EducationSpeech, Language, Hearing Sciences. Students enrolled in graduate programs from other departments may request approval to participate.


Apply by completing the following three steps. Submit all items to to

Step 1

Submit an ICS Graduate Program Application Form 

Step 2 Submit an Unofficial Transcript from your department/unit  
Step 3 Submit a Graduate Certificate Program Plan of Study/Progress Report


The Graduate Certificate in Cognitive Science Program consists of the completion of the following course requirements.

Required Core Courses: 

  • An introductory course, Issues and Methods in Cognitive Science (3 units) 
  • Topics in Cognitive Science (1 unit), taken twice (2 semesters)

Additional Courses:

  • Three cognitive science elective courses, all at least 2 credit hours.
    • Approved courses are listed in the Cognitive Science Course Catalog.
    • In addition to the listed courses there are additional ad hoc courses offered each semester. These courses are announced by ICS to enrolled students.
  • These courses must be from the approved course list, and at least two of the courses must be from two different departments outside of the student’s home department.

*Independent Study: if a student needs to replace one required course to satisfy program requirements due to unavoidable scheduling issues,complete and submit the Independent Study Approval Form to

 Four Steps to Complete the Program
Step 1 Complete all required courses with a minimum grade of B.
Step 2 Submit an Unofficial Transcript to the Academic Program Director at The Director will confirm whether all required courses have been completed.
Step 3

Complete the Graduate Certificate Program Plan of Study/Progress Report. Submit the completed form electronically to

Step 4 The Academic Program Director will review the transcript, Progress Reports to confirm that requirements were met. Once approved, ICS will contact the Registrar's Office to include the Certificate on the student's official transcdript. Certificates are awarded at the end of academic year ICS celebration.

For more information on becoming a University of Colorado graduate student prior to applying for the ICS graduate programs, contact the following departments/units directly:

     ATLAS Institute
     Architecture and Planning
     Computer Science
     Information Science
     Integrative Physiology
     Psychology and Neuroscience
     School of Education
     Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences
     Students enrolled in graduate programs from other departments may request approval to

The program has formal approval from the Graduate School.

For more information on the Cognitive Science Program contact:
Institute of Cognitive Science