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The M.S. Program in Cognitive Neuroscience at The Graduate Center – the only program of its kind in the United States – is excellent preparation for further doctoral study. This affordable master’s program also positions you to meet the increasing demands of today’s fast-growing careers in health, technology, business, and education. 


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In this multidisciplinary program, comprised of 32 credits, you will explore the biology behind the way we make decisions, use language, form memories, pay attention, and perceive the world around us. You will also gain marketable skills in statistics and data analysis through classroom experience and research. Master’s students typically take classes alongside top doctoral students.

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Illustration of group of peopleHighly Regarded Faculty

We draw exceptional professors from throughout The City University of New York. Prolific scholars and passionate researchers and teachers, their expertise spans neuroscience and psychology as well as mathematics, computer science, engineering, speech-language-hearing sciences, and the life sciences. Our professors are accomplished, experienced, and accessible to students.


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Learning comes to life through weekly seminars, workshops, and an optional internship program that leverage our connections throughout New York City. Students will also have access to world-class laboratories and researchers at the Advanced Science Research Center at The Graduate Center. 



Illustration of a BrainHands-On Experience in New York City

You will have the opportunity to design and conduct experiments with leading experts at our many labs and centers using the latest technologies, including functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI); electroencephalography (EEG); transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS); optical imaging; and transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). Our location in NYC gives you access to the best minds and the most exciting research opportunities in the field.



Illustration of someone thinkingAffordable Tuition and Open to All 

While a scientific background won’t hurt, previously accepted students have come from a variety of fields, including anthropology, architecture, and the data sciences. As a public institution, we offer an exceptional program at a fraction of the cost of other universities. The deadline to apply for fall 2021 is April 15, 2021.

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The M.S. Program in Cognitive Neuroscience has allowed me to explore different areas in cognitive neuroscience and connect with exceptional faculty and staff, including my mentor, Robert O. Duncan, our program's Assistant Program Officer, Wanda Mercado, and our Director, Tony Ro. My mentor has provided me with the research experience and guidance that I need to pursue a doctoral degree and become a well-versed scholar and researcher; Ms. Mercado has provided me with unconditional support and guidance throughout my time at the program, and Dr. Ro has been instrumental in helping us students handle coursework and achieving our career aspirations.


Daisy Reyes
Current Student


It’s been said that an education is what remains after you’ve forgotten everything you’ve learned —in this sense, the change a student undergoes is hard to see until challenges occasion its appearance. Inside and outside of academia I have been pleased to find aspects of myself subtly but distinctly changed in ways that I can attribute to this program’s structure and quality of courses. In just a year, I found changes in my sense of what merits questioning, resolution of thinking, and ability to learn how to learn. With these changes in mind, I highly recommend this excellent program.


Angelo Colmenero
Current Student


The Cognitive Neuroscience master’s program at the Graduate Center has provided me with a variety of real world experiences that I believe will be invaluable to future career opportunities. The program was instrumental in helping to place me in a lab that fits well with my area of interest and, which has allowed me to focus my thesis research on a topic I felt strongly about investigating, while simultaneously helping me gain hands-on experience in the field. In addition to my mentor’s willingness to accept me into her lab, she has extended her support of my goals and is willing to help me achieve them in a reasonable timeframe.


Eva Santucci
Fall 2019 Graduate

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