Graduate Certificate

The Center for Cognitive Science does not grant degrees. However, students earning degrees in participating departments can earn a Certificate in Cognitive Science by successfully completing the Certificate requirements in addition to those necessary for their graduate degree.

Cognitive Science is an interdisciplinary area of scholarship concerned with understanding the nature and development of such intelligent capacities as perception, language, reasoning, planning, problem-solving, and related skills, whether these capacities are instantiated in biological or artificial systems. Members of the Rutgers Center for Cognitive Science (RuCCS) may have joint appointments with such participating academic departments as Psychology, Linguistics, Philosophy, Computer Science, and others as the program develops. RuCCS also has working relationships with a number of other graduate programs (such as Biomedical Engineering, the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, the School of Information, Communication, and Library Studies) and with other research centers on campus.

The goal of the Cognitive Science Certificate program is to provide a structured way for students enrolled in various graduate programs to study and carry out research in Cognitive Science with guidance from relevant faculty advisors, and to bring interested students from different departments together in a graduate student community integrated into the general university research community.

This list of courses is not meant to be exhaustive. Proposals for adding additional courses in various departments, such as (but not limited to) the School of Information, Communication and Library Studies, the Graduate School of Education, the Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology, the department of Mathematics, and the departments of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, will also be considered by the certificate committee for credit towards the Certificate in Cognitive Science.

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To register for the Cognitive Science Graduate Certificate Program, please complete and submit the Cognitive Science Graduate Certificate Intent Form below to Graduate Director.  This form is a statement of 'intent' to complete the Cognitive Science Graduate Certificate Program.   This form should only be submitted after completing the Cognitive Science Proseminar course, 16:185:500.*** 
(This course is only offered in the Fall semester)   
***NOTE :   For the Fall 2021 semester, students can substitute the Marquee Course Seminar in Cognitive Science I: The CognitiveScience of Beliefs (16:185:600) for the ProSeminar in Cognitive Science, with diverse speakers across Cognitive Science.    THIS IS APPLICABLE FOR THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2021-2022 ONLY.


After you have completed all the course requirements and research project, please complete and submit the School of Graduate Studies Certificate Program Application Form below to the Graduate Director.