DEPARTMENT OF COGNITIVE SCIENCE, 0515
9500 GILMAN DRIVE
LA JOLLA, CALIFORNIA 92093-0515
FAX: (858) 534-1128
Thank you for your interest in the Cognitive Science graduate programs at UCSD. Please read the information below regarding our programs and policies. Both the Cognitive Science and Interdisciplinary Program in Cognitive Science are Ph.D. programs. We do not offer admissions to a master's program. Applications are currently available at https://gradapply.ucsd.edu/. The application fee must be paid by credit card. The fee is $80 for U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents, and $100 for International Applicants.
The Department of Cognitive Science emphasizes three main areas of study: the brain-the understanding of neurobiological processes and phenomena; behavior-the experimental methods and findings from the study of psychology, language, and the sociocultural environment; and computation-the powers and limits of various representational formats, coupled with studies of computational mechanisms. This approach involves a multidisciplinary study of cognition with emphasis on computer science, linguistics, neuroscience, psychology, and related aspects of anthropology, biology, mathematics, philosophy, and sociology.
* Some program requirements may change.
The application deadline for admissions for the 2013–2014 academic year is December 2, 2012.
Paper documents should be sent directly to:
Graduate Admissions Coordinator
Department of Cognitive Science
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive - 0515
La Jolla, CA 92093-0515
The department of Cognitive Science does not have a department code listed with the Educational Testing Services (ETS). When selecting a department code to have your GRE scores forwarded, use department code 5199 "Any other department not listed". In addition, when you receive your scores from ETS, please send or fax a copy to Cognitive Science at 858-534-1128. We can utilize the information to start processing your application while we wait for the official scores to arrive.
In reviewing each applicant's file, we consider the GPA, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, and the Statement of Purpose. Outside of a minimum requirement of 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale), we have no formal cutoffs. The majority of applicants admitted have GRE scores above 700 in the verbal and quantitative sections (and a score of 5.0 or above on the new Analytical 1-6 scale). For foreign students, TOEFL scores are also considered. The better letters of recommendation come from faculty who have known the applicant for some time in both research and instructional situations. Under these conditions, the recommender can make a more informed evaluation of the applicant's promise. The Statement of Purpose is especially valuable to us in understanding a student's interests and motivations. Also, it is used to assess whether our program and our faculty can supply applicants with help toward their goals.
This is a transdisciplinary graduate specialization in Anthropogeny with the aim of providing graduate students the opportunity to specialize in research and education on explaining the origins of the human phenomenon. The aim is to rectify the absence of existing training programs that provide such a broad and explicitly transdisciplinary approach - spanning the social and natural sciences - and focusing on one of the oldest questions known to humankind, namely, the origins of humans and humanity. This specialization is not a stand-alone program, but aims at providing graduate students who have just embarked on their graduate careers with the opportunity to interact and communicate with peers in radically different disciplines throughout the duration of their PhD projects. Such communication across disciplines from the outset is key to fostering a capacity for interdisciplinary "language" skills and conceptual flexibility.
The Cognitive Science graduate program will advertise the specialization to those students in our programs who have an interest in human origins. Qualifying applicants will have the opportunity to enroll for the Specialization.
Students pursuing this Specialization will be required to take a series of courses in addition to research rounds over 4 years of study. It is advised that students begin their coursework in their third year.
1. Coursework: Introduction to Anthropogeny (BIOM 225) and Advanced Anthropogeny (BIOM 229) are each taken once, in the Winter and Spring of the students 3rd year. Current Topics in Anthropogeny (BIOM 218) is to be taken every quarter for 4 years.
2. Research Rounds: Monthly seminars during which all participating students talk about their respective research.
Cognitive Science students in the Anthropogeny Specialization must meet the department requirement for advancement to candidacy. In addition, students must meet internal deadlines, mentoring provisions, and proposal standards of the Anthropogeny Specialization track.
PhD students must complete a dissertation, which meets all requirements of the home program. In addition, it is expected that the PhD dissertation is broadly related to human origins and will be interdisciplinary in nature.
It is expected that students will retain the same time to degree as students not pursuing this Specialization. Additional course load consists only of two regular course (two quarters, 20 lectures each). The third proposed course takes place only three times a year from Friday noon to Saturday evening.
The Interdisciplinary Program in Cognitive Science offers a joint PhD in cognitive science and a traditional home department (anthropology, communication, computer science and engineering, linguistics, neurosciences, philosophy, psychology, or sociology). Students are admitted to UCSD through the home department and fulfill requirements of both the interdisciplinary program and the home department.
Questions about admissions policies and deadlines for home departments should be directed to each individual department. Upon admission to a participating home department, you may apply to the Interdisciplinary Program in Cognitive Science. If an applicant is admitted by the home department, the total application packet (submitted to the home department and later to the program) are reviewed by the Interdisciplinary Program. The main concern is the research interest of the candidate, whether it falls within the realm of the cognitive science program.
More information on the Interdisciplinary Program can be found here.
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Start the application process early. Send in your required documents as soon as possible to avoid an incomplete application file. Secure your letters of recommendation early. If your letters of recommendation are not received by the department, your file cannot be processed.
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For additional information on the Cognitive Science Ph.D. program or the Interdisciplinary Program in Cognitive Science, we encourage you to read our Graduate Admissions FAQs and email firstname.lastname@example.org or call at (858) 534-7141.