Graduate students in good standing in one of the participating academic units—Psychology and Neuroscience, Philosophy; Computer Science; Linguistics; Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences; Education; Integrative Physiology; Information Science; and Architecture and Planning—may apply to earn a Graduate Certificate in Cognitive Science. Earning such a certificate can significantly enhance a student’s academic knowledge and career choices.

The Graduate Certificate consists of course requirements only. Review the cognitive science course catalog for course offerings, and also review the program completion checklist to determine progress toward earning the certificate. Submit your application for admission, unofficial transcript, and plan of study, to the ICS main office. Once accepted into your desired program, a Progress Report should be completed annually and submitted to the Institute. The program has formal approval from the Graduate School.

Upon completion of the program requirements, students must provide a transcript to the Academic Program Director. The Academic Program Director will review the transcript to ascertain whether the student has met the requirements. Once approved, the Institute will contact the Registrar's Office to include the certification on the student's official record.  Certificates are awarded at the Institute's spring celebration.

For more information:  Donna Caccamise
                                       Associate Director and
                                       Academic Program Director

Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Cognitive Science

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 courses, all at least 2 credit hours; approved courses are listed in the cognitive science course catalog, and there are additional ad hoc courses offered each semester as announced to enrolled students by ICS;
  • The remaining courses must be from the approved course list, and they must be selected from at least two different departments outside of the student’s home department; and
  • One of the three elective courses must be an interdisciplinary course.