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Currently, four departments are associated with this
exciting interdisciplinary program:
Child Study and Human Development and
Students apply to and enroll in the joint Cognitive
Science Ph.D. program through one of these departments
(referred to as the 'home departments'), either as a
prospective graduate student or as a current graduate
student after they have been accepted by one of the
departments (e.g., after they have already started their
There are two broad sets of requirements:
Because the cognitive science Ph.D. will require more preparatory course work of students than other disciplinary Ph.D. degrees, the typical duration of the program will likely be five years.
Students in the cognitive science Ph.D. program are guaranteed at least four years of funding, of which one year will be in the form of a mandatory teaching assistant position. The remaining time will be a combination of teaching assistant and research assistant positions (the latter likely funded by one of the student's advisors). It is expected that all funded graduate students will receive at least support for nine months per calendar year in addition to full tuition remission. Note that the particular funding conditions of the teaching and research assistant position, however, will depend on what is customary in the home department of the student.
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