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Neuroscience and Cognitive Science Graduate Programs


Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience

The University of Arizona offers a Neuroscience through the Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience. The Program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and tools that they will need to embark on careers as educators and researchers in the field of neuroscience.

Cognitive Science Program

The Cognitive Science Program facilitates interdisciplinary research for graduate students across the campus, linking the School of Mind, Brain and Behavior, The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and the School of Information Science, Technology and Arts.  Graduate students complete a Ph.D. Minor in Cognitive Science to add breadth to their doctoral program.

Expected Learning Outcomes: 


Graduate students at The University of Arizona can complete a Ph.D. in Neuroscience through the Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience.
•    Students participate in designing their own individually tailored programs that provide a thorough base of knowledge in the many facets of neuroscience.  To date, more than 30 students have completed the GDIP in Neuroscience.
•    Faculty work with students to create programs that balance breadth with depth in chosen areas of specialization, and that enhance their abilities to think creatively and express themselves clearly.   More than 60 faculty in 20 departments participate in the GIDP in Neuroscience.
•    Because of the breadth of expertise represented by the faculty, students have access to educational and research training opportunities in areas ranging through molecular, cellular, systems, behavioral, cognitive, theoretical, and clinical neuroscience.

Cognitive Science

The Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Cognitive Science facilitates interdisciplinary research for graduate students across the campus through multiple mechanisms:
•    Doctoral students complete a 12 unit Minor in Cognitive Science, with the approval of the program director and their faculty advisor, to add breadth to their departmental program of study.
•    Students can apply for a Cognitive Science Fellowships to work with faculty members on interdisciplinary research.  On average, at least five graduate students per year receive Cognitive Science Program support for their research.
•    Students completing a Cognitive Science minor are eligible for travel support to present their research at professional and academic conferences.  In 2009-2010 more than 20 students received travel support.
•    Students have the opportunity to present their research at the Cognitive Science Seminar series, attended by more than 50 campus and community members each week.
•    The Seminar series includes presentations by program faculty as well as by distinguished visitors from other institutions, providing graduate students with exposure to the latest research in Cognitive Science.

Assessment Activities: 

•    With the formation of the new School of Mind, Brain and Behavior, the Cognitive Science Program is partnering with the Department of Neuroscience to launch a new undergraduate program in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science.
•    The Program is currently undertaking a self-study to assess the effectiveness of its graduate program activities, to define assessment data collection requirements, and to define its future role as a campus-wide initiative to support interdisciplinary research.


Updated date: Tue, 09/14/2010 - 10:22