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Certificates

The Cognitive Science Program is extremely broad, ranging from psychology to business to anthropology to computer science, to name just a few. Students may elect to focus on an area or areas within the broad range of Cognitive Science.

Certificates are open to students upon request; certificates are not required for a joint Ph.D. degree. The student will inform the Cognitive Science office, the student's Cognitive Science Advisor, and the Certificate Director of an intent to pursue a certificate.

Currently five certificates are offered:

  • Certificate in Language and Speech
  • Certificate in Logic, Language, and Computation
  • Certificate in Modeling in Cognitive Science
  • Certificate in Dynamical Systems in Cognitive Science
  • Certificate in Human-Computer Interaction


General Requirements for Graduate Area Certificates:

  1. As soon as the student decides to pursue a certificate, a written proposal must be submitted to the Certificate Director and Director of Graduate Studies in COGS, giving a detailed course of study. The proposal may be a revised draft of an earlier proposal not approved, or an alteration of a previously approved proposal, and may contain a request for a revision of any of the stated requirements.
  2. The proposal must then be approved by the student’s advisory/research committee. The student must file a copy of the approved proposal with the Cognitive Science Program office.
  3. The student’s advisory/research committee must attest that the approved course of study has been completed successfully. At this time, the University Graduate School will be notified of the certificate completion. Ideally, requirements and course work for certificates should be completed at the time of nomination to candidacy.
  4. The certificate is awarded upon completion of requirements 1 through 3 and completion of the joint Ph.D. Achievement of the certificate will be noted on official transcripts.

The Cognitive Science Program is extremely broad, ranging from psychology to business to anthropology to computer science, to name just a few. Students in other disciplines may elect to focus on an area or areas within the broad range of cognitive science. Graduate Area Certificates are open to Ph.D. Joint and Minor students upon request. Note that certificates are not required for a joint Ph.D. degree. The student will inform the cognitive science office, the student's Advisory Committee, the Certificate Director and Director of Graduate Studies of intent to pursue a certificate.