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Graduate Education

Our program provides broad training in neurological processes and phenomena; the experimental methods, results, and theories from the study of psychology, language, and social and cultural issues; and the studies of computational mechanisms. We offer three graduate programs in Cognitive Science: 

Cognitive Science or Interdisciplinary PhD?

There are two Ph.D. Programs in Cognitive Science at UCSD: The Cognitive Science PhD Program, and the Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Cognitive Science (for graduate students enrolled in affiliated departments). The two programs are cooperative rather than competitive. In fact, both programs are administered out of the same offices and share staff.

There is no easy rule for which program a student should enroll. A thesis topic appropriate for one program may also be appropriate for the other. Please explore the unique requirements and courses of study for each program to determine the path that best suits your needs.