About Program Admission Requirements

Cognitive science majors will examine the nature of thought, memory, perception and language from a variety of different perspectives in order to acquire a rich knowledge of the mind. You will have the chance to study the different ways in which infants and non-human animals may be able to think and reason without language, how computers may be programmed to demonstrate intelligence and the nature of the relationship between social interaction and cognition.

This cross-disciplinary program offers you a challenging opportunity to study the mind and its processes.

Our professors are conducting research in such diverse areas as:

  • infant social cognition
  • human-computer interaction
  • cognitive ethology
  • moral psychology

To gain an expansive knowledge of the cognitive processes we might find in humans, animals and machines, you can combine courses from:

  • computer science
  • information technology
  • linguistics
  • philosophy
  • psychology

In order to integrate findings from different fields, you'll be trained in the methodologies of different disciplines, and you'll have the opportunity to apply these methods in order to examine the nature of thought, memory, perception, language, and other cognitive processes. You will have the opportunity to take courses in:

  • Minds, Brains, and Machines
  • Neural Basis of Behaviour
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence
  • Animal Behaviour

Your studies will be enriched by your contact with energetic professors and research groups involved in groundbreaking work in fields such as vision, social cognitive neuroscience, language evolution, autism research, robotics, ape cognition and consciousness.

Sample First-year Schedule

  • Minds, Brains and Machines
  • Introduction to Linguistics
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Social Science general education course
  • Natural Science general education course

Possible Career Paths

Explore what you can do with your degree
  • neuroscientist
  • speech pathologist
  • educator
  • therapist

You are required to provide official evidence of academic achievement in secondary education. This can be demonstrated through:

  • Final grades under the Ontario curriculum (obtained through correspondence, night school or through TVO)
  • Credentials through other curricula, such as results from Advanced Placement (AP) or Advanced-level courses in the General Certificate of Education (GCE). (Students may register to sit for the AP and GCE examinations as private candidates.)

In the absence of final grades in courses:

  • You must submit the results of standardized tests such as the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) with a minimum combined total of 1170 on the Critical Reading and Math components or a composite American College Testing (ACT) score of 24.
  • Your application will be reviewed by an admissions sub-committee. If admitted, you will not be eligible for entrance scholarships. You will be considered for continuing student scholarships at the end of your first year of study, if you satisfy those criteria.

You may also be required to provide proof of language proficiency. You will be considered for entrance scholarships on the basis of your overall averages in the six 4U/4M (Ontario curriculum) or equivalent courses.

We are adding to our database of admission requirements by country. Please check back in October for additional admission requirements by country. General requirements are currently available by country — note that program-specific requirements may apply in addition to general requirements.