Dec 06, 2021  
UofM 2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
UofM 2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Cognitive Science Graduate Certificate

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The primary objective of this certificate is to supply graduate students interested in Cognitive Science with interdisciplinary training in the 3 major fields of Cognitive Science, Cognitive Psychology, Artificial Intelligence, and Linguistics. The focus of these courses is to develop core competencies to support research in cognitive science as well as applications in human-computer interaction, information systems, advertising and marketing, and design. While the program will be administered by the Institute for Intelligent Systems, the courses are being taught by seven different departments in four different colleges (Arts and Sciences, Communication Sciences and Disorder, Engineering, and Education).

Admissions Requirements

Applicants to the Cognitive Science Graduate Certificate may be admitted in any semester. The certificate will be promoted across all departments in the University and within the Institute for Intelligent Systems. Students currently admitted to a graduate program at the U of M may apply for admission. In rare instances, students who have not been admitted to a graduate program must apply to the Graduate School for admission as Non-Degree Seeking students; they will be considered for admission on an individual basis.

Program Requirements

The program requires completion of 15 semester credit hours distributed as follows:

The following course is required:

The following course is required: PSYC 7514 -PSYC 8514 , Seminar: Cognitive Science (Same as COMP 7514 -COMP 8514  and PHIL 7514 -PHIL 8514 )

Electives: Total credits: 3 hours (1 course)

One of the following courses is required outside of the student’s field. Other elective courses may be selected in consultation with the program director.

Graduation Requirements:

  1. The student must complete all five Courses (4 required, 1 elective) with an average grade of B (3.0) or higher, for a total of 15 credit hours.
  2. In the semester of graduation, the student must submit the Apply to Graduate form to the Graduate School and a Graduate Certificate Candidacy form to the College Director of Graduate Studies by the deadline specified by the Graduate School.


An interdisciplinary governance structure will manage and oversee the graduate certificate with primary leadership and accountability based in the Institute for Intelligent Systems.

The Associate Director of the Institute for Intelligent Systems will be the graduate coordinator for the program and will advise students regarding courses. This advising process will include an introductory meeting with students entering the certificate that focuses on course options and course prerequisites for later electives. The program will also have a Governance Board appointed by the Director of the Institute for Intelligent Systems. The Board will consist of 6 members. Members will come from the Institute for Intelligent Systems or affiliated departments.

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