Graduate Studies at ICS

The Institute of Cognitive Science at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette offers a Ph.D. program in cognitive science. The first class of students was admitted in the Fall 1999 semester.

Program of Study

Each student's curriculum will be determined in consultation with his/her advisory committee. In order to provide a common foundation in cognitive science, however, all students will take a set of core courses covering the history and foundations of cognitive science, philosophy of mind, computation, human cognition, linguistics, cognitive neuroscience, and the evolution of animal and human cognition. Fellowships and assistantships are available on a competitive basis.

Further information can be found in our current Guide for Graduate Students. (Downloadable PDF version) Applying students are also strongly encouraged to apply for National Science Foundation support through their Graduate Research Fellowship Program.

See also a list of sample questions for the comprehensive exam.

Requirements for Admission

Admission into the graduate program will be based upon evaluation and recommendation by the Graduate Admissions Committee. Applicants are normally be expected to have a minimum total of 1135 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE (the GRE number for UL is 6672), a satisfactory score on the analytic section, and a minimum GPA of 3.25 on all college-level work. They must also demonstrate strong research potential in cognitive science as well as likelihood of success in a graduate program, as evidenced by letters of recommendation from at least three qualified persons who are familiar with the applicant's previous academic accomplishments. In addition, applicants must submit a personal statement of goals and research interests, not to exceed two single-spaced, typewritten pages.

Students seeking admission to the Institute of Cognitive Science Ph.D. program should have an undergraduate degree in cognitive science or a related discipline (e.g. psychology, anthropology, computer science, philosophy, neuroscience, linguistics). If necessary, students may be required to take non-credit courses to fulfill prerequisites for graduate courses.

Forms for admissions and fellowships are available from the Graduate School. For additional information, including a detailed guide to the graduate program, e-mail Dr. Claude Čech.