Cognitive Science

Grow your knowledge in perception, memory, thought, language and action.

Research methods in the cognitive science graduate program include psychophysics, measures of behavioural performance and movement, brain imaging and computational modelling.

The primary aim of the program is to ensure that each student acquires an in-depth understanding of research and theorizing in their area of specialization, and that they build up a substantive record of innovative research in that area. Initially, students will work in close collaboration with an advisor, but they are expected to develop into independent researchers as they progress through the program.

Prospective graduate student applicants are encouraged to contact members of the core faculty directly to inquire about training opportunities in specific research areas.

Program Overview

The MA program requires full-time resident study and should be completed within two years.

  • 6 credits of Cognitive Science core program courses
  • 3 credits of statistics
  • 3 credits of PSYC courses outside the Cognitive Science area
  • Thesis (18 credits)

In addition, certain students may be required to complete additional courses or other undertakings because of deficiencies in their preparatory background; these requirements are specified by the program in coordination with the Graduate Student Progress Committee in writing during the first term of the student’s residence in the program.

Note: Students completing the MA program must apply for acceptance into the PhD program; acceptance depends upon the quality of the master’s-level work.

Full academic year residency is required for PhD students until the attainment of candidacy.

  • 6 credits of Cognitive Science core program courses
  • 3 credits of statistics
  • 3 credits of PSYC courses outside the Cognitive Science area
  • Comprehensive examination
  • Dissertation

Cognitive Science students must take at least four (3-credit) courses from the following list during their graduate studies (MA and PhD). Not all courses are offered each year, and other courses may be substituted on a case-by-case basis with approval from the student’s supervisor, area, and Associate Head, Graduate Affairs.

PSYC 521 – Psycholinguistics
PSYC 570 – Cognitive Neuroscience
PSYC 571 – Special Topics in Cognitive Neuroscience
PSYC 578 – Perception
PSYC 579 – Special Topics in Perception
PSYC 582 – Cognition
PSYC 583 – Special Topics in Cognition

The GRE is optional for Fall 2022 graduate admissions to the Cognitive Science program. Please visit the lab websites of the faculty members you are interested in working with, to familiarize yourself with their individual preferences and procedures for evaluating applications.


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