Cognitive Science Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program

The Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Cognitive Science has eight participating departments: Anthropology, Communication, Computer Science and Engineering, Linguistics, Neurosciences, Philosophy, Psychology, and Sociology. Students enroll in one of these departments as their "home department" and also enroll in the Interdisciplinary Program. The degree lists both the home department and Cognitive Science; for example, if the home department is Communication, the degree title is "Ph.D. in Communication and Cognitive Science."

The Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program is distinct from the home Department and from the Cognitive Science Department Graduate Programs, both in admissions and graduation requirements.

Program Description

There are five aspects to graduate study in the Interdisciplinary program:

  1. A primary specialization in one of the established disciplines of cognitive science.
  2. A secondary specialization in a second field of study.
  3. Familiarity with general issues in the field and the various approaches taken to these issues by scholars in different disciplines.
  4. Qualifying Examinations.
  5. A dissertation possessing an interdisciplinary character.

Contacts

For more information and for application instructions, please visit the IDP webpage. If you have additional questions about the Interdisciplinary Program, please contact:

Gary Cottrell, Director
Interdisciplinary Program in Cognitive Science
University of California, San Diego
Computer Science 0404
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093

Email: gary@cse.ucsd.edu
Telephone: (858) 534-6640

You may contact the Graduate Coordinator, Beverly Walton, via email, mail or by telephone at:

University of California, San Diego
Dept. of Cognitive Science
Attn: Graduate Coordinator
9500 Gilman Drive (MC 0515)
La Jolla, CA 92093-0515

Email: gradinfo@cogsci.ucsd.edu
Telephone: (858) 534-7141