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Graduate Certificate Application and FAQ

Cognitive Science is a fast-growing area of study that integrates explanations of mind, brain, and behavior from disciplines such as psychology, philosophy, linguistics, neuroscience, computer science, and linguistics. In order to apply to the Cognitive Science Graduate Certificate Program, the Weinberg Institute for Cognitive Science will need you to complete the steps below. 

Applications for the Cognitive Science Graduate Certificate will be evaluated by the Rackham Graduate School and the Weinberg Institute for Cognitive Science Graduate Certificate Committee. Applications will be accepted on a rolling admissions basis.

STEP 1A: Fill out the Pre-Approval Form

Eligible Applicants

Have your home department advisor fill out and sign the Pre-Approval Form from the Rackham Dual Admission webpage. See Step 1B in order to receive the Weinberg Institute’s signature for this form.


Step 1B: Submit your personal statement to the Weinberg Institute

Provide a 1-3 paragraph Personal Statement explaining your interests in cognitive science, and how a graduate certificate in cognitive science aligns with your career and academic goals.

Note that the Rackham certificate application also requires a personal statement--these can be the same statements. Email your personal statement as a PDF attachment, along with the Pre-Approval Form to:

In the email, note who your current research advisor is in your home department, and if you were recommended by a faculty member to the Cognitive Science Graduate Certificate Program, please also provide their name. 


Step 2: Apply to Rackham to add the certificate

Currently active Rackham students in good academic standing who complete at least one semester in regular Rackham degree or certificate programs are eligible to apply. 

Once you have received approval of your personal statement and your signed Pre-Approval Form has been returned to you from the Weinberg Institute, please complete the Rackham Add a Degree or Certificate application online (scroll down to the yellow “Apply for Dual Admission” button).



The Cognitive Science Graduate Certificate Program is administered by Rackham Graduate School. Click here for additional information regarding Rackham Graduate Certificate policies and procedures.

Below are frequently asked questions regarding the Certificate Program. Still have additional questions? Email


How do I apply?

Email your personal statement to, as well as the signed Pre-Approval Form. Then click here to access the application.


Is there an application deadline?

No, the Weinberg Institute for Cognitive Science is accepting applications on a rolling admissions basis.

Can a class from another institution count towards the certificate program?

No, only classes taken at UM will count towards the certificate. Transfer credit is not accepted. See Rackham Graduate Certificate policies here.

What is the process for getting courses not currently a part of the curriculum approved for the certificate?

The graduate-level courses must be approved by Rackham (appear on Wolverine Access), and the courses must be approved by the Weinberg Institute for Cognitive Science Executive Committee.

To petition for a graduate-level course to count towards the Cognitive Science Graduate Certificate Program, please complete the Class Petition Form found on the Course Petition Page.

Do courses for the certificate need to be completed within a certain time frame?

Students need to have coursework completed for the certificate within 4 years of being accepted to the program. 

Can I take a class pass/fail?

Yes. Students must receive at least a B (3.0 on a 4.0 point scale), or S (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory) in any course counted towards certification.

Can previously completed courses count towards the requirements?

Yes, courses taken within 4 years of admission to the Certificate Program can count towards the curriculum requirements.