M.Sc. On Campus

Cognitive Science

Carleton University

16 months
18427 CAD/year
6615 CAD/year
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Carleton University offers Canada’s first Cognitive Science MSc program. This program spans the fields of the humanities, social sciences and sciences as an interdisciplinary program that focuses on the study of thought.


This Cognitive Science MSc program at Carleton University brings together research from experimental psychology, theoretical and computational linguistics, artificial intelligence, philosophy of mind, and other related areas, to address questions about learning, knowing and thinking.

Capital Advantage

Carleton’s location in Ottawa allows students to develop strong collaborations with Statistics Canada, the Ottawa Hospital, the National Research Council, Revenue Canada, CHEO, and the University of Ottawa, in addition to a number of other companies that are not as readily available outside of Canada’s capital. Our proximity and relationship with these organizations also offers various career opportunities in the National Capital Region.

Faculty Research Highlights

  • How to make computers imagine scenes in the same way humans do.
  • Cognitive mechanisms and neurological foundations of how humans comprehend and process language.
  • Using human perception and cognition in the design, implementation and evaluation of advanced human-machine systems.
  • Foundational research in cognitive science, with an emphasis on formal and experimental linguistics.
  • Children’s developing cognitive skills, including their ability to deal with representations

Career Opportunities

Our graduates are employed in academic institutions and in the public and private sectors, contributing to innovation in fields such as human-computer interaction, information technology, educational policy and technology, and applications for identification and treatment of cognitive pathologies. High quality students completing a master’s may be qualified to pursue a PhD. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Cognition and Artificial Cognitive Systems
  • Experimental Research in Cognition
  • Cognition and Language
  • Cognition and Conceptual Issues
  • Cognition and Neuroscience
  • Issues in Cognitive Science

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 16 months

Start dates & application deadlines


45 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • An honours degree, or equivalent, with an average of A- in the last two years.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18427 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18427 CAD per year during 16 months.
  • National

    6615 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6615 CAD per year during 16 months.
  • National: $6,515 (2nd year)
  • International: $18,427 (2nd year)

Living costs for Ottawa

1168 - 1925 CAD /month
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