Cognitive scientists study thinking in humans, animals, and machines. Carleton’s Ph.D. program in cognitive science is an integrated degree that is unique in Canada, and one of only a few in the world that trains researchers to consider the tools and approaches of related disciplines such as: psychology, artificial intelligence, philosophy, linguistics, and cognitive neuroscience. With more than twenty participating faculty from many fields, the B.Cog.Sc., M.Cog.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in cognitive science produce scholars with broad perspectives on cognition, with skills from experimental testing to computer programming. Our graduates are prepared for research jobs in academia, the government, and industry that require multiple tools and broad skill sets to understand the most complex of entities: minds.

The Department, in co-operation with the departments of Psychology, Philosophy, Linguistics, Neuroscience and Computer Science, offers both graduate and undergraduate programs.

Ph.D. in Cognitive Science

Carleton University offers the first dedicated, fully structured Ph.D. program in Cognitive Science in Canada. We have an innovative program that is keeping pace with the rapid changes and exciting developments in the cognitive science community.

Masters of Cognitive Science

The Master of Cognitive Science program admitted the first cohort of students in September 2010.  Students from a broad range of disciplines learn about cognition and methods for studying cognition in an intensive and collaborative interdisciplinary environment.

Bachelors of Cognitive Science

We also offer one of the few undergraduate Cognitive Science degrees available in Canada. The B.Cog.Sc. (Hons) degree in Cognitive Science is an interdisciplinary program that is centred in the Institute of Cognitive Science. The degree program is intended for students who are interested in cognitive processing – of humans, animals, and machines.

Post Baccalaureate Diploma (PBD) in Cognitive Science

The PBD in Cognitive Science is a brand new program for 2016-2017. It was designed for students who already have an undergraduate degree but want to learn about cognitive science and gain research experience in the field. The program consists of the equivalent of 4.0 credits (8 one-term courses). Students take advanced courses (third- and fourth-year courses) that are required in the B.Cog.Sc. degree.