Cognitive Science Program

The Cognitive Science PhD program employs techniques from several disciplines to train students to become expert scientists in the field of cognitive science.

Typical research areas in this program include memory and metamemory, problem solving and decision making, working memory, visual attention and perception, learning, computational modeling, and language acquisition, comprehension, and production. These areas have far-reaching real-world applications, allowing graduates to pursue careers in many fields, both within and outside of academia.

Our program focuses on research training with program requirements that emphasize research involvement from day one and a curriculum that focuses on providing a firm theoretical foundation in cognitive science. The research emphasis and strong theoretical foundation provide the training needed to investigate key applied problems in both industry and academic research. Our graduates have successfully obtained positions in academia, defense research labs, and industry.

Information for Current Students

Please review the program handbook for program requirements, degree time line and deadlines.


Interested applicants should apply via our online application system on or before January 15 for admission starting the following fall semester. Applicants should make sure to peruse cognitive science faculty research interests on each faculty member’s page listed below and contact prospective graduate advisors well in advance of submitting their applications to establish a potential match between their interests and their prospective mentor’s research laboratory. Please review our page on Information for Applicants before applying.