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Psychology, Cognitive & Brain Sciences

The Cognitive & Brain Sciences psychology program prepares students for employment in academic settings, research institutes and positions in the private sector. Our program has a strong research emphasis with a primary goal to educate scientists via the development of critical thinking, research competence, and theory construction and evaluation.

One measure of a program's success is found in the positions obtained by its graduates. Our program has enjoyed excellent success in positioning our PhD graduates; all of our recent PhD students have obtained academic or industrial employment or pursued post-doctoral training in nationally distinguished laboratories.

Recent doctoral graduate job placements include: Assistant Professor at University of Chili, Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Lusanne (Switzerland), Research Scientist at the Army Research Laboratory.

Graduate Degrees Offered

  • PhD in Cognitive and Brain Sciences

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Application Deadlines

Review of applications will begin on January 3rd; later arriving applications will be considered on a space available basis

  Fall Admission Spring Admission
PhD December 30 n/a

Admission Requirements*

The standards maintained by The Graduate School and individual departments and programs are applied to ensure that applicants admitted to the University are well qualified and trained to study at this institution and have a reasonable expectation of successfully completing a graduate program, and who, with the benefit of graduate education, are most likely to contribute substantially to their academic or professional fields.

To be eligible, you must have and provide:

  • A bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university
  • Complete set of your undergraduate and graduate transcripts. At minimum, a 3.0 GPA is required. See details.

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Online graduate degree application and application fee
  • Transcripts from each college/university you have attended. An undergraduate degree in psychology is desirable, but a degree in another field does not preclude admission.
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement (2-3 pages) describing your reasons for pursuing graduate study, your career aspirations, your special interests within your field, and any unusual features of your background that might need explanation or be of interest to your program's admissions committee.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages)
  • Official GRE scores

And, for international applicants:

  • International Student Financial Statement form (PDF)
  • Official bank statement/proof of support
  • Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic scores

*This information is subject to change. While we make every effort to keep it accurate and up-to-date, we recommend you contact the department for program-specific requirements.

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Mary Ellen Gates, Secretary to the Graduate Director

Cognitive Psychology website

Department of Psychology website

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Last Updated: 2/18/15