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Cognitive Science Interdisciplinary PhD 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:

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


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


Telephone: (858) 534-7141