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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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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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Hear about the program from Presidential Professor Tony Ro, director of the M.S. Program in Cognitive Neuroscience:


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