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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary - Cognitive Science

48 months
24990 USD/year
24990 USD/year
7270 USD/year
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The Social Sciences Interdisciplinary - Cognitive Science program of the University at Buffalo is designed for students interested in using an interdisciplinary approach to understand how the mind works as manifested in organisms and machines, modeled through computational processes, and investigated biologically.


Students explore questions such as: How do we acquire knowledge and exhibit creativity? What constitutes intelligent behavior in human and non-human entities? The curriculum of the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary - Cognitive Science program of the University at Buffalo draws from courses in psychology, linguistics, philosophy, computer science, anthropology, and neuroscience while also allowing students flexibility in choosing a specific area of concentration.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this concentration students will be able to:

  • Understand several social scientific approaches to cognitive science.
  • Identify how cognition changes through the life cycle.
  • Identify and use computational models of human cognition and perception processes.
  • Apply symbolic and connectionist methods and the theory of computation.
  • Understand cognition apart from physiological implementation. Identify and use abstract principles of thought.
  • Identify language phenomena at the elementary physiological level through its abstract characterization.
  • Understand how the brain implements thought, sensation, perception and consciousness .
  • Identify symbolic information systems across disciplines and manipulate traditional information processing approaches.


The interdisciplinary structure of the major prepares students to go on to graduate study in psychology, computer science, cognitive science, philosophy, or linguistics. Additionally, the major's focus on analytical thinking, cognition, and human behavior provides an excellent skillset and knowledge base for industry careers such as information technology, education, human factors research, marketing, and government intelligence.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Cognitive Science Colloquium
  • Seminar in Cognitive Anthropology
  • Deductive Logic
  • Psychological Statistics
  • Cultural Anthropology 
  • Knowledge Representation

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Admission to UB’s freshman class is selective and is based in part on the quality of your secondary school academic record and the number of spaces available in the class
  • You should feel confident applying to UB if you have an above-average academic record and have taken challenging courses in high school to help prepare you to be successful at university
  • UB uses a 4.0 grading scale and we expect students applying here to have the equivalent of a 3.0 on that scale. That is the same as a grade of B or 83 on a 100-point scale
  • English language requirements
  • Personal Essay
  • You must submit one (1) teacher recommendation

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    24990 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 24990 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    24990 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 24990 USD per year during 48 months.
  • In-State

    7270 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7270 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Buffalo

920 - 1560 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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