Cognitive Science

Cognitive Science (CG75)

Cognitive Science includes three broad categories: the Brain - the neurological anatomy and processes underlying cognitive 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 representations, coupled with studies of computational mechanisms.

Program Info

Area of Study Division of Social Sciences
Department Cognitive Science
Major Cognitive Science
Degree Doctor of Philosophy
Admissions Terms Fall
Application Deadlines December 1, 2021 (Fall 2022)

Basic Requirement

Admissions Tests
English Proficiency Exams

(international applicants only)

A test of English language proficiency is required for international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution in which English is the language of instruction and in a country where English is a dominant language.

The following test(s) are accepted by this department:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
PTE (Pearson Test of English)

Letters of Recommendation

Minimum of 3 recommendations required.

Statement of Purpose


2500 word limit: online Statement of Purpose accepted. Your essay should include the following:

1. Describe one research problem, project or area for graduate study that excites you
2. How has your background prepared you to pursue such a research problem?



Contact Info

Campus Office 143 Cognitive Science Bldg.
Phone (858) 534-7141
Fax (858) 534-1128
Mailing Address
University of California, San Diego
Cognitive Science Graduate Department
9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0515
La Jolla, CA, 92093-0515