Cognitive Science M.Cog.Sc., program admits up to 15 students per year.  Due to this high level of competition, individuals are advised to submit applications by February 1, for Fall intake.

Admission Requirements (M.Cog.Sc. Program)

The requirement for admission into the M.Cog.Sc. program is an Honours degree with an average of at least A-.International students please view the equivalency requirements.

Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate a fluent knowledge of English. This is normally done in one of the following ways:

  1. An overall score of 70 on the Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) Assessment
  2. A TOEFL score of 230 CBT (computer-based test) or 580; or 86 IBT overall with a minimum score in each component of writing (22), speaking (22), reading (20) and listening (20).
  3. An overall IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each band score; or
  4. An acceptable certification that the language of instruction in your most recently completed undergraduate or graduate degree was English.

To be admitted, a candidate must submit a description of his or her research interests in the area of Cognitive Science.

More on admission requirements

Funding for International Applicants

It is important to note that Carleton receives a large number of high quality applications from international students each year.

Funding from Carleton for international students is limited and is only available to a few outstanding international applicants usually, no more than one per program within the Institute of Cognitive Science.

When applying for a Study Permit, you will be required to show that you can support yourself during your studies to the Citizenship and Immigration Centre office.

You may wish to consult your own government website as some governments offer funding to outstanding students when pursuing their studies abroad. In addition, you can visit: International Students | Graduate Admissions (

ttp:// for a listing of scholarships available to international students.

Estimating the cost of a year at Carleton University will vary depending on your program on study and lifestyle preferences. To view the current tuition fees and the estimated cost of living in the Ottawa area, please visit the International Students Office.