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Department of Computer Science

Joint Ph.D. in Cognitive Science

Students looking to enter the Joint Ph.D. in Cognitive Science and Computer Science program must first (or simultaneously) be admitted to one of three other "home" graduate programs at Tufts. At this time these include: PsychologyComputer Science and Child Development. For those in the Computer Science program, all of the requirements for the Computer Science Ph.D. as well as those for Cognitive Science (see below) must be met. 

Doctoral degrees require the fulfillment of the specific department requirements including the number of courses with grades of S (satisfactory) or at least a B-, as well as successful completion of the qualifying examination and doctoral dissertation.

Cognitive Science Requirements for Computer Science Ph.D. Students

In addition to the Computer Science Ph.D. requirements, a minimum of 12 cognitive science courses are required:

  • 5 core courses
  • 7 electives (many of these also count towards the Computer Science requirements)

Additional program requirements include:

  • Demonstrated competence in core research methods
  • Colloquium series
  • Teaching requirement
  • Qualifying exams

More information can be found on the Cognitive Science website.

Questions about studying Cognitive Science at Tufts?