Cognitive Sciences Graduate Certificate

 Hide Hide preferences menu.

College : Arts and Humanities Degree :CRT
Department : Philosophy Option : N/A
Program Websites :


The Cognitive Sciences Graduate Certificate program focuses on the interdisciplinary study of cognitive systems. It integrates a diverse range of approaches to examining cognitive processes, investigating the structures that support and scaffold cognition, attempting to understand, model and construct cognitive systems, and philosophically examining the foundations and applications of the cognitive sciences. It also includes applications of these investigations to many areas of human endeavor, including technology design, communication, training, education and clinical settings.


The Cognitive Sciences Graduate Certificate requires 18 credit hours of courses, including 6 required courses and 12 elective courses selected from the approved list.
Total Credit Hours Required:
18 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

Required Courses—6 Credit Hours

The program recommends that students complete these courses in the first year of the certificate.

  • PHI 5327 Topics in the Cognitive Sciences (3 credit hours)
  • PHI 5340 Research Methods in the Cognitive Sciences (3 credit hours)

Elective Courses—12 Credit Hours

Core Courses—9 Credit Hours

Choose at least 9 credit hours of elective courses from at least three of the following four Core Areas.

Language and Communication
  • COM 6046 Interpersonal Communication (3 credit hours)
  • LIN 5137 Linguistics (3 credit hours)
  • LIN 6932 Problems in Linguistics (3 credit hours)
  • SPA 6410 Aphasia and Related Disorders (3 credit hours)
  • SPA 6417 Cognitive/Communicative Disorders (3 credit hours)
  • TSL 6252 Sociolinguistics for ESOL (3 credit hours)
  • TSL 6250 Applied Linguistics in ESOL (3 credit hours)
Artificial Intelligence and Modeling Cognition
  • CAP 5636 Advanced Artificial Intelligence (3 credit hours)
  • CAP 6640 Computer Understanding of Natural Language (3 credit hours)
  • CAP 6671 Intelligent Systems: Robots, Agents, and Humans (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 6876 Current Topics in Artificial Intelligence (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 6878 Modeling and Artificial Intelligence (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 6812 Introduction to Neural Networks (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 6875 Autonomous Agents (3 credit hours)
  • PHI 5225 Philosophy of Language (3 credit hours)
  • PHI 5325 Topics in Philosophy of Mind (3 credit hours)
  • PHI 5328 Philosophies of Embodiment (3 credit hours)
  • PHI 5329 Philosophy of Neuroscience (3 credit hours)
Psychology and Neuroscience
  • DEP 5057 Developmental Psychology (3 credit hours)
  • EXP 5208 Sensation and Perception (3 credit hours)
  • EXP 5256 Human Factors I (3 credit hours)
  • EXP 6255 Human Performance (3 credit hours)
  • EXP 6506 Human Cognition and Learning (3 credit hours)
  • PSB 5005 Physiological Psychology (3 credit hours)
  • ZOO 5745C Essentials of Neuroanatomy (4 credit hours)
  • ZOO 5748C Clinical Neuroanatomy (5 credit hours)
  • ZOO 5749C Clinical Neuroscience (5 credit hours)

Restricted Elective Courses—3 Credit Hours

Choose up to one elective course either from the above Core Areas or from the following list:

  • CAP 5415 Computer Vision (3 credit hours)
  • CAP 5610 Machine Learning (3 credit hours)
  • CAP 6676 Knowledge Representation (3 credit hours)
  • COM 6467 Studies in Persuasion (3 credit hours)
  • EDF 6141 Human Intelligence (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 5874 Expert Systems and Knowledge Engineering (3 credit hours)
  • EGI 6305 Theory and Development of Creativity (3 credit hours)
  • EIN 6258 Human Computer Interaction (3 credit hours)
  • EME 6601 Instructional Simulation Design for Training and Education (3 credit hours)
  • EME 6614 Instructional Game Design for Training and Education (3 credit hours)
  • EME 6646 Learning, Instructional Design, and Cognitive Neuroscience (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 6740 Topics in Rhetoric and Composition (3 credit hours) NOTE: Where topic is appropriate; topic should be cleared in advance with the Cognitive Sciences Certificate program director.
  • EXP 6257 Human Factors II (3 credit hours)
  • EXP 6541 Advanced Human-Computer Interaction (3 credit hours)
  • INP 5825 Human-Computer Interface (HCI) Design: A Team Approach (3 credit hours)
  • IDS 6504 Adult Learning (3 credit hours)
  • IDS 7657 Professional Collaboration Around Language Issues (3 credit hours)
  • SOP 5059 Advanced Social Psychology (3 credit hours)
  • SPA 6437 Communication Foundations and Assistive/Instructional Technology for Communication (3 credit hours)

NOTE: It is the policy of the College of Graduate Studies not to allow course substitutions for graduate certificate programs. All elective courses listed above have been approved for inclusion by the chair or director of the relevant program. However, it is the student's responsibility to ensure that all course prerequisites are met. Students without the appropriate prerequisites to courses will need to contact the instructor to inquire about the possibility of registration. 

Application Requirements

Admission is open to those with a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. An application to the graduate certificate program and official transcripts must be submitted. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

Admission to the program is competitive on a space-available basis. Final admission is based on evaluation of the applicant's abilities, past performance and the applicant's potential for completing the certificate.

Application Deadlines

Cognitive Sciences Graduate Certificate *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants


Jun 30Nov 15


International Applicants





International Transfer Applicants





*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that "prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation". The information provided in the link below is the best that is available to us. This information represents one year’s data only, however, we hope that this information is helpful to current and prospective students, as you make your career and educational choices.

Gainful Employment Disclosure Information