M.Sc. On Campus

Cognitive and Information Sciences

University of California, Merced

12 months
11502 EUR/year
11502 EUR/year
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The Cognitive and Information Sciences (CIS) graduate program at University of California, Merced offers its master’s and doctoral students interdisciplinary training in cognitive science with an emphasis on computation, technology, and applications. 


This Cognitive and Information Sciences emphasis at University of California, Merced distinguishes us from other Cognitive Science graduate programs. We view intelligent behaviors not just as emerging solely from neural processes, but from interactions between brain, body, and environment. 

Key Features 

  • Thus, intelligent behaviors may also emerge from group and social interactions situated in their economic and technological milieu. 
  • The word “information” in CIS denotes our multi-scale perspective on cognition, and our emphasis on computational approaches to understanding intelligent behavior.

Programme Structure

  • Our award-winning faculty specialize in a variety of areas that intersect at this nexus, including computational modeling, complex systems theory, distributed cognition, categorization, psycholinguistics, cognitive linguistics, visual perception, cognitive engineering, service science, artificial intelligence, reasoning, computer vision, philosophy of mind, cognitive neuroscience, and bioinformatics. 
  • The M.S. program builds on on our well-established Ph.D. program, which has propelled students to successful data and cognitive science careers in academia as well as with companies such as Netflix, Accenture, Kaiser, Facebook, Cisco, and Salesforce.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution with a major appropriate to the proposed graduate program. This degree must represent the completion of a program equivalent both in the distribution of academic subject matter and scholarship achievement comparable to that offered at the University of California.
  • Have a satisfactory scholastic average, usually a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B) is required.
  • Provide TOEFL or IELTS test scores (international students only). 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    11502 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5751 EUR per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    11502 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5751 EUR per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for Merced

1100 - 1600 USD /month
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