UC Irvine Cognitive Sciences Graduate Recruitment

The Department of Cognitive Sciences at the University of California, Irvine, expects to admit approximately 15 graduate students for the 2021-2022 academic year. On this website, you can find information about our PhD program, including many recent changes, and contact information for the Director of Graduate Studies.

You can learn more about UC Irvine, the Department of Cognitive Sciences, and the milestones and requirements of the graduate program in these videos:


The easiest way to get to know the research that goes on at our department is by checking out the recent work by our faculty and their labs. You can find a list of current Cognitive Sciences faculty and links to their labs on the faculty page.

Current graduate students

To make up for the fact that graduate applicants will not be able to visit UC Irvine during the 2021 application cycle, we asked some current graduate students to record a short video in which they welcome newcomers and say something about themselves and the graduate program. Watch them on the student page.

Graduate student life

Not everyone knows what to expect from graduate school, or if going to graduate school is even a good choice for them. On the Q&A page we talk a little about life as a graduate student, the ways in which the program provides support, and the culture at UC Irvine.

Curious for more?

We will organize a virtual visit of our department in January or February of 2021. If you're not sure if you want to apply yet, or have more questions, you can visit the official department website, or email the Director of Graduate Studies via the link at the very bottom of this page.