The Cognition and Neuroscience Graduate Program is designed for students who wish to focus primarily on basic research and theoretical issues. Our objective is to train highly-qualified scientists for basic psychological research in university, hospital, community, industry, or government settings. CGNS offers two areas of specialization: Behavioural Neuroscience and Cognitive Science.

Admission Requirements

  • Language Proficiency Requirements: Proof of English proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English.
  • Master’s degree, or equivalent, from a recognized university in a relevant academic discipline
  • a cumulative weighted average of at least a 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (i.e. coursework required in Master’s program)
  • CV or resume

For more information on language proficiency requirements, see the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Academic Policies for more information.

Degree Requirements

Students must maintain continuous registration in the 996 course.

  • GPS 960.0
  • GPS 961.0, if research involves human subjects
  • GPS 962.0, if research involves animal subjects

A minimum of 6 credit units, including PSY 805.3 or PSY 807.3:

  • 3 credit units chosen in consultation with the Department of Psychology
  • PSY 900.0 (×3)
  • PSY 996.0
  • dissertation defense
  • doctoral candidacy assessment