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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 1: Apply to Rackham to add the certificate

Eligible Applicants

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. 

If you are eligible and would like to apply to the Cognitive Science Graduate Certificate Program, please complete the Rackham Add a Degree or Certificate application online.

Step 2: 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 to the Weinberg Institute for Cognitive Science: Weinberg-Institute@umich.edu.

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. 

FAQ

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 Weinberg-Institute@umich.edu.

How do I apply?

Complete the Cognitive Science Graduate Certificate application, and email your personal statement letter to the Weinberg-Institute@umich.edu

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 Google Form found on the Graduate Certificate Application Process 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.