The Graduate Certificate in Cognitive Science offers graduate students an opportunity for an interdisciplinary program of study. Training focuses on an understanding of human cognitive processes and the means by which complex mental processes can be modeled or simulated by artificial systems. Cognitive science is a dynamic and rapidly evolving field that studies intelligent systems by synthesizing the knowledge and methodology from the fields of cognitive psychology, artificial intelligence, linguistics, philosophy of mind and cognitive neuroscience. Students are provided with the conceptual framework and the technical skills necessary to enhance careers in research, teaching, business or government. Students completing the program add an interdisciplinary perspective to the training received in their major, better preparing them for employment or further study in a variety of sciences and social sciences. The certificate may be pursued as a stand-alone program or concurrently with another graduate degree program at UNC Charlotte.
The certificate program is open to all students who hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university and either:
are enrolled and in good standing in a graduate degree program at UNC Charlotte, or
have a minimum GPA of 3.0 for their undergraduate courses.
Application for the Cognitive Science Certificate Program is made through the Office of Graduate Admissions.
The Graduate Certificate in Cognitive Science Program involves 15 credit hours of coursework. Students must take the required introductory course and at least two of the disciplinary courses. The remaining hours may come from any of the other topics courses listed.