Pre-2014-15 Program Requirements

NOTE: Students entering the program in the 2014-15 academic year or later must follow the 2014-15 requirements. Students who entered the program prior to 2014-15 may choose which set of requirements they wish to follow. When submitting documentation for emphasis completion, the student should indicate which requirements they have opted to follow. The changes made are listed below.

The core requirements are:

  1. Participation in the Cognitive Science Seminar (INT 200A, 200B, and 200C) for at least three quarters. (Students are encouraged to participate in this seminar throughout their graduate careers).
  2. Completion of at least three cognitive science courses with one each in three different departments. (Generally, these are courses with cognitive science content that are taught by participating faculty. A list of courses is provided each quarter). Further courses can be proposed at any time and will be subject to approval by the Cognitive Science Steering Committee. We also anticipate that Cognitive Science courses taken at other universities will be acceptable electives, subject to approval by the Cognitive Science Steering Committee.
  3. Completion of either a) a research project, completed before the dissertation, resulting in a written paper suitable for publication, or b) an extra-mural grant proposal for a study in cognitive science suitable for submission to an identified public or private granting agency. Either product must be prepared under the supervision of a participating faculty member.
  4. Presentation of a research paper in a suitable academic forum, such as a Cognitive Science Program Colloquium, departmental colloquium, invited colloquium at another institution, or a professional meeting.
  5. A Ph.D. dissertation centrally focused on a question emerging from cognitive science with at least two committee members representing faculty participating in the Cognitive Science Interdisciplinary Emphasis. If one of the committee members is from outside the student's home department, the student will be required to have 4 faculty members on his/her dissertation committee (including 3 from the home department).

Changes in 2014-15 Program Requirements

The changes to the above requirements, approved to begin applying in the 2014-15 academic year, are as follows:

  1. The option of completing an extra-mural grant proposal option in lieu of a research project has been removed.
  2. The requirement to present a research paper in an appropriate academic forum has been changed to a talk on the student's dissertation topic area, to be given in the Cognitive Science Seminar (INT200A, 200B, or 200C). This change will foster interaction between older and newer students in the program, and will give newer students exposure to dissertation-level research in Cognitive Science.
  3. The requirement to have four faculty members on the dissertation committee if one of the dissertation committee members is from outside the student's home department has been removed, to be superceded by department-level requirements (since some departments only require 3 faculty members to be on the committee).

Note that in addition to the Emphasis requirements, students must satisfy all requirements in their home departments. Work completed in satisfaction of departmental Ph.D. requirements may also be used to satisfy Emphasis requirements.


Please refer to the main Requirements page for instructions on the process for certifying completion of the emphasis.