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Currently, four "home" departments are associated with the joint Cognitive Science Ph.D. program: Psychology, Computer Science, Child Study and Human Development, and Education. Students interested in pursuing the Cognitive Science Ph.D. program must be accepted into the graduate programs of one of these three departments and additionally apply for admission to the joint Cognitive Science program.


The application to the Cognitive Science Ph.D. Program is a two-step process:

Step 1. You may apply for admission to one of the host departments (Psychology, Computer Science, Child Development, Education) through the regular graduate admissions process. While applying to one of these home programs, you should indicate that you also intend to apply to the Cognitive Science program.

Step 2. This step can be performed either during your application to a host department or after you have already been admitted to a host department. You and your advisor (or prospective advisor) send a formal request for admission to the Cognitive Science program director. The request should be accompanied with the same application materials that were supplied with your application to the home department. The program director will work with the faculty responsible for admission in the home department to determine the applicant's eligibility, and propose candidates to the Steering committee, who will then vote on admission.

Please note:

  • Only students who satisfy the admissions criteria of the home department can be considered for admission into the Cognitive Science Ph.D. program.
  • The Cognitive Science steering committee makes admissions decisions solely about the joint Ph.D. program. Their decision does not affect your admission to the home department.