2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    Jun 15, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Cognitive Sciences Graduate Certificate

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College: Arts and Humanities Degree: CRT
Department: Philosophy
Program Websites: https://philosophy.cah.ucf.edu/program/cognitive-sciences-grad-certificate/

Program Description

The Cognitive Sciences Graduate Certificate program focuses on the interdisciplinary study of cognitive systems. It integrates a diverse range of approaches to examining cognitive processes, investigating the structures that support and scaffold cognition, attempting to understand, model and construct cognitive systems, and philosophically examining the foundations and applications of the cognitive sciences. It also includes applications of these investigations to many areas of human endeavor, including technology design, communication, training, education and clinical settings.

The interdisciplinary program is founded on the belief that cognition is a complex range of phenomena that cannot be well understood from any single disciplinary perspective. Thus, the program includes core interdisciplinary courses on the Cognitive Sciences, as well as drawing from related courses from many areas including Communication Sciences and Disorders, Education, Engineering and Computer Science, Linguistics, Neuroscience, Philosophy and Psychology.

The Graduate Certificate in Cognitive Sciences is designed for students from diverse backgrounds who wish to: (i) deepen and broaden knowledge gained in a related bachelor’s degree, (ii) prepare for master’s or PhD programs in the cognitive sciences, or (iii) complement current study in UCF graduate programs related to the cognitive sciences.


The Cognitive Sciences Graduate Certificate requires 18 credit hours of courses, including 6 required courses and 12 elective courses selected from the approved list.

Total Credit Hours Required: 18 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor’s Degree

Required Courses: 6 Credit Hours

The program recommends that students complete these courses in the first year of the certificate.

Elective Courses: 12 Credit Hours

Core Courses: 9 Credit Hours

Choose at least 9 credit hours of elective courses from at least three of the following four Core Areas.


It is the policy of the College of Graduate Studies not to allow course substitutions for graduate certificate programs. All elective courses listed above have been approved for inclusion by the chair or director of the relevant program. However, it is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all course prerequisites are met. Students without the appropriate prerequisites to courses will need to contact the instructor to inquire about the possibility of registration.

Application Requirements

Admission is open to those with a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. An application to the graduate certificate program and official transcripts must be submitted. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

Admission to the program is competitive on a space-available basis. Final admission is based on evaluation of the applicant’s abilities, past performance and the applicant’s potential for completing the certificate.

Application Deadlines

Cognitive Sciences Graduate Certificate *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants   Jul 1 Nov 1  
International Applicants        
*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation”. The information provided in the link below is the best that is available to us. This information represents one year’s data only, however, we hope that this information is helpful to current and prospective students, as you make your career and educational choices.  

Contact Info

Graduate Program

Mason Cash PhD
Associate Professor
Telephone: 407-823-6857
Psychology Building (PSY) 0246

Graduate Admissions

Mike Burke
Telephone: 407-823-2766
Millican Hall 230
Online Application
Graduate Admissions

Mailing Address

UCF College of Graduate Studies
Millican Hall 230
PO Box 160112
Orlando, FL 32816-0112

Institution Codes
GRE: 5233
TOEFL: 5233
ETS PPI: 5233

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