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Applications for admission in September are due December 15 of the previous year.  See the How to Apply section of the Graduate Program Overview.

Program Overview 

Cognitive psychology is the scientific study of mental function, including perception, attention, learning, memory, reasoning, language, and decision making. The modern study of cognition stems from the discovery that the mind/brain can be studied and understood as a complex computational system. The doctoral program in cognitive psychology offers students the opportunity to conduct original research in modern laboratories featuring state-of-the-art equipment. Training emphasizes theoretical, experimental, and technical foundations, and includes the use of cutting-edge artificial intelligence methods, as well as mathematical and computational modeling techniques.  The cognitive faculty are internationally known and award-winning researchers, teachers, and mentors with outstanding records of innovation, extramural funding, and public outreach. Graduate education is enhanced by close ties with the Center for Cognitive Science and by collaborations with faculty in several related departments as well as with scientists from industries engaged in basic and applied research. We seek creative and self-motivated students who are passionate about the creation and dissemination of new knowledge. The cognitive area is committed to strategies that increase the engagement and retention of underrepresented groups in STEM. Graduate students from our program have gone on to work in academia, high-tech and research consultancy companies, finance, and technology labs.

Please also see information about the Rutgers University Center for Cognitive Science


Cognitive Psychology Graduate Course/Credit Requirements

This information is accurate as of  03/01/2022.  However, this information is periodically updated. It is possible that there is a lag between the change of requirements and the updating of this page. Therefore, this is presented for informational purposes only and does not necessarily constitute the official policies of the Psychology Graduate Program or the Cognitive Area. To find out the actual and most up-to-date policy of the Cognitive Area please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the Cognitive Area.

 Big Questions in Cognitive Psychology

  • What is the nature of human intelligence?
  • Where does knowledge come from?
  • How do we perceive, learn, and remember?
  • How do we plan our actions and make decisions?
  • How can we use basic science to solve concrete problems?


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