How to Apply
The deadline for applications is December 1.
See link to "Apply to PhD Program Page" for instructions and requirements. If for some reason you are unable to complete your application by December 1st, or you have a part of your application missing, please contact the Program Director, Dr. Jarrod Moss.
Our program is research intensive and involves both research requirements and coursework designed to train students to be cognitive science researchers either in academic or industry settings. See the link to "Cognitive Science Handbook" for detailed information program requirements, milestones and time lines.
The research interests of our core cognitive science faculty cover a diverse range of topics within cognitive science. One of the most important factors in our admission decisions is the fit between the student's and mentor's research interests. Please contact program faculty if you are interested in their research. Faculty with an * next to their name are interested in taking new students for the upcoming year.
Graduate students in the Cognitive Science Ph.D. program are funded via graduate assistantships. This funding is typically in the form of teaching or research assistantships. Teaching assistants generally serve in an instructional capacity, either under the supervision of a faculty member, or potentially as an instructor of record. Duties of the former can range from classroom duties and grading to teaching laboratory sections for statistics or experimental psychology. Instructors of record have the support of a faculty advisor for questions or issues that might arise, and these positions can provide excellent training opportunities for those planning academic careers. Research assistants generally work on a research grant with a faculty member or other supervisor. In the past, about half of our students have been funded via a research assistantship and half via a teaching assistantship. Our intention is that all students are funded throughout our five-year doctoral program. We have successfully accomplished this goal for the program’s entire history, but of course funding is subject to the availability of funds.
Overview of Program Requirements
Our coursework focuses on a common foundation of research methods, quantitative methods, computational modeling, and cognitive theory. In addition, a number of additional courses are offered to provide some breath in selected areas of the field that vary from year to year. The program’s research requirements include a first-year research project designed to get students started on research. In the second year, a masters thesis is completed and defended at the beginning of the third year. Later in the third year, a review paper is completed that should include a most of the literature to be used in the student’s dissertation work. A dissertation proposal is completed in the fourth year followed by the dissertation defense in the fifth year.