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About CIS

Our interdisciplinary program integrates methods and approaches from linguistics, psychology, philosophy, neuroscience, and computer science, to study thought and behavior. Our faculty have highly diverse research interests, and serve as graduate advisors, committee members, and collaborators.

The Cognitive and Information Sciences (CIS) faculty at UC Merced offer both undergraduate and graduate training in cognitive science. We offer a research-intensive Ph.D. and M.S. in Cognitive & Information Sciences. We also offer both a B.A. and B.S. in Cognitive Science, a B.S. in Philosophy and minors in Cognitive Science and Philosophy.

Apply to the Ph.D. or M.S. programs

CIS Graduate Program Chair: Paul Smaldino

SSHA Graduate Coordinator: Isabel De Santiago

Applications review starts Dec. 15, 2023. Deadline for application: Jan. 15, 2024.

Apply to the Undergraduate Program

CIS Undergraduate Program Chair: Kristina Backer

Philosphy Undergraduate Program Chair: David Jennings

Fall application period: Nov. 1-30

Updated 2023