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Congratulations Class of 2020, Andrea Benavides, Allison Brasch, Arielle Klopsis, Jonathan LoVoi, Eva Santucci, Katlyn Schroder

Message from Professor Tony Ro, Director, and Professor Julie Suk, Dean for Master’s Programs

When you chose The Graduate Center to pursue your college and career ambitions, you became part of the CUNY family. Further, when you decided to enroll in the M.S. Program in Cognitive Neuroscience, we made a commitment to support you along the way and that commitment remained— especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic brought many challenges, but through it all, you remained steadfast and determined to graduate. While on campus, you made friends, developed connections with faculty, and enjoyed expanding your vision of the world and your unique role in it. The Cognitive Neuroscience program allowed you and other students to explore the biology behind the way we make decisions, use language, form memories, pay attention, and perceive the world around us.

In addition, along the way, you honed valuable skills in statistics and data analysis through classroom experience and research. With these skills, you have what it takes to embrace many opportunities, not only to advance your own careers, but also to contribute to the transformations in the economy and society that will be needed after COVID-19. We applaud the hard work you have put into preparing yourselves for these tremendous new horizons, and we will always be here to support all your future endeavors.

Commencement is a huge venue for which students look forward to walk across the stage to celebrate their accomplishments proudly with colleagues, faculty, family and friends. While commencement has been postponed, we want to take the time to acknowledge your hard work, persistence, and commitment. You successfully met the challenges of the program’s rigorous academic and research framework—your contribution as a member of the Class of 2020 is undeniably enormous and noteworthy.

Congratulations, and we wish you much success.

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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 2020 is April 15, 2020.

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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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