- Degrees Offered
- How to Apply
- Graduate Record Examinations (GRE)
- English-Language Proficiency Requirement (for International Applicants)
- Costs and Financial Support
- Ph.D. in Cognitive Sciences
- Ph.D. in Cognitive Sciences with a Concentration in Cognitive Neuroscience
The Ph.D. degree programs prepare students for research and teaching careers in academia, industry, and government. The emphasis is on modern techniques of experimentation and theory construction. Special attention is given to providing hands-on research experience and equipping students with sophisticated mathematical and computing skills.
HOW TO APPLY
The UCI campus uses a fully-online graduate application program, Slate. All applications and supplemental application materials are to be sent through Slate, by the applicant. Letters of recommendation will be submitted by recommenders through the application portal.
The deadline to apply is DECEMBER 1. Admission decisions for our program are made in March. Please note that we do not make mid-year (winter or spring) admission offers. Admission is for the beginning of fall only.
- Information on applying can be found on UCI's Graduate Division website at: https://grad.uci.edu/admissions/applying-to-uci/index.php
- Information specific to the School of Social Sciences can be found at: https://www.gradstudies.socsci.uci.edu/admissions/overview.php
- Further information on the graduate program and life as a graduate student can be found at: https://sites.uci.edu/cogsphd/
GRADUATE RECORD EXAMINATIONS (GRE)
The following is included for informational purposes only. As noted above, the GRE requirement has been waived for Fall 2022 applicants:
- We cannot accept GMAT, LSAT, or MCAT scores in place of the GREs.
- We do not require applicant file scores from any of the various GRE (subject) tests available.
- GRE test results are not valid for more than five years.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY
All graduate students, except those who have earned an undergraduate degree from an institution at which English was the sole language of instruction according to the World Health Education Database, are required to demonstrate oral English proficiency before they admitted to a UCI graduate program and are appointed to Teaching Assistant or Teaching Associate titles. For Teaching Assistant and Associate positions, the aforementioned exception will apply only when the undergraduate degree has been earned within five years prior to admission to a graduate program at UCI. Please read the full policy on English proficiency for graduate admissions and how to search for your institution in the database on the on the UCI Graduate Division website. The English proficiency requirement for TAs can be found here.