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Cognitive Neuroscience

The M.S. in Cognitive Neuroscience at the Graduate Center is a multidisciplinary program that focuses on the biological bases of cognitive functions, including perception, attention, memory, language, and decision making.
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The M.S. in Cognitive Neuroscience at the Graduate Center is a multidisciplinary program that focuses on the biological bases of cognitive functions, including perception, attention, memory, language, and decision making.

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Degree Offered

M.S. in Cognitive Neuroscience


Admissions Deadlines

April 15 for fall enrollment
(No spring enrollment)


Cognitive Neuroscience

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Meet with Director Tony Ro to learn more about the M.S. Program in Cognitive Neuroscience. If you have any questions about our Open Houses or our program, please feel free to contact us.

October 26, 2022 | February 8, 2023 | April 5, 2023

A Smart Move

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.

What Will You Learn? 


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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Core Courses Specialized Topics Research

Highly 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.

See the Cutting-Edge


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.

Hands-On Experience in New York City

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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.

Affordable 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 2023 is April 15, 2023.

Visit our Admissions and Aid page to learn more and the Admissions Office to apply now.

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The M.S. Program in Cognitive Neuroscience is proud to be a part of the City University of New York, a diverse and inclusive public institution known to be a vehicle for upward mobility. We acknowledge that racism and social injustice still exist, and we are committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment for our students, faculty, and staff. We believe that diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, (dis)ability, socioeconomic background, and age are factors that ENRICH our community and our contributions to science.

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From our Students

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


Daisy Reyes; Current Student; M.S. in Cognitive Neuroscience

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Tony Ro

Presidential Professor, Psychology; Presidential Professor, Biology; Director and Presidential Professor, Cognitive Neuroscience; Presidential Professor, Neuroscience

Wanda Mercado

Assistant Program Officer, Cognitive Neuroscience; Assistant Program Officer, Behavioral Cognitive Neuroscience, Psychology; Assistant Program Officer, CUNY Neuroscience Collaborative, Neuroscience

Daisy Reyes

College Assistant, Cognitive Neuroscience