Degree Requirements


MSc in Cognitive Science of Language

PhD in Cognitive Science of Language



MSc in Cognitive Science of Language


  • Coursework (2.5 courses plus additional requirements)

    Note: * denotes half courses; # denotes quarter course modules.

    Required Courses
    COGSCIL *750 (or PSYCH *710)
    COGSCIL *721 and *722
    One of COGSCIL *730 or *731
    Plus the equivalent of one additional half course (within the Department of Linguistics & Languages or in another related Department)

    Additional Requirements (both pass/fail courses)
    COGSCIL #741
    COGSCIL #725

  • MSc Thesis

    The MSc Thesis is a work of original research (empirical or theoretical) under the supervision of a participating faculty member and evaluated by an evaluating committee established by the Department. The Thesis must be submitted by August of the second year of the MSc program.



PhD in Cognitive Science of Language


The M.Sc. in the Cognitive Science of Language or an equivalent Masterís degree is required for entrance into the Ph.D. program. Some applicants may require additional courses in core areas (e.g. linguistics or psychology) in order to be eligible for admission. Each application will be evaluated on an individual basis.

A. For students holding an MSc in the Cognitive Science of Language

Students entering with the M.Sc. in the Cognitive Science of Language are required to complete the equivalent of 2 full year courses. If the following courses were not included in the M.Sc. program they must be included in the Ph.D. program of study: COGSCIL *730, *731, *750; PSYCH *710.

Additional Requirements (both pass/fail courses)
COGSCIL #742
COGSCIL #726

B. For students entering with a Masterís degree but not an MSc in the Cognitive Science of Language


  • Coursework (4 courses total plus additional requirements below)

    Note: * denotes half courses; # denotes quarter course modules.

    Required Courses
    COGSCIL *750
    PSYCH *710
    COGSCIL *721 and *722
    COGSCIL *730 or *731
    Plus additional courses to total four full courses

    Additional Requirements (both pass/fail courses)
    COGSCIL #742
    COGSCIL #726

Ph.D. Comprehensive Exam

The Ph.D. Comprehensive Exam must be completed within two years of entering the Ph.D. program and is articulated in three phases:

Phase 1:
Directed Reading: The student will develop a reading list in collaboration with the supervisor and the thesis supervisory committee.

Phase 2:
Written Exam: In the Spring of the second year of the Ph.D. program, students will be required to sit for a comprehensive exam. If the student fails the exam, there will be one opportunity to re-write the exam.

Phase 3:
Oral Exam: Having passed the written exam the student will be examined orally by the supervisory committee. If the student fails the exam, there will be one opportunity to re-take it.