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Cognitive Science

92 Master's Degrees Annually
46 Doctor's Degrees Annually
#239 in Popularity (Master's)

Types of Degrees Cognitive Science Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many cognitive science graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 92
Doctor’s Degree 46
Graduate Certificate 14

Who Is Getting a Master’s Degree in Cognitive Science?

92 Master's Degrees Annually
55% Percent Women
32% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This major is dominated by women with about 55% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of cognitive science majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Cognitive Science Students with Master's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 12
Black or African American 7
Hispanic or Latino 6
White 37
International Students 26
Other Races/Ethnicities 4

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Cognitive Science. About 28.3% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • India
  • South Korea
  • Canada
  • Taiwan

Master’s Degree Starting Salary

The median starting salary of students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a master’s degree in cognitive science was $43,000 per year. These stats come from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $43,000 (25th percentile) and $43,000 (75th percentile).

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It’s important to note that just because the people reporting these salaries have a degree in cognitive science, it does not mean that they are working in a job related to their degree.

Online Cognitive Science Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 66 schools offered some type of cognitive science program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 2 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 0 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 0 0
Bachelor’s Degree 5 0
Post-Baccalaureate 2 0
Master’s Degree 10 0
Post-Master’s 2 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 15 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

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Major Number of Grads
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 37,392
Biological & Physical Science 29,278
International Studies 7,967
Interdisciplinary Studies 6,609
Nutrition Science 4,794
Behavioral Science 3,731
Natural Sciences 2,571
Sustainability Science 2,194
Human Biology 1,460
Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution 1,310
Gerontology 1,281
Human Computer Interaction 1,272
Science, Technology & Society 1,171
Mathematics & Computer Science 1,105
Computational Science 927
Systems Theory 917
Museum Studies 801
Dispute Resolution 668
Historic Preservation 433
Multicultural & Diversity Studies 424
Classical & Ancient Studies 303
Marine Science 275
Cultural Studies & Analysis 227
Biopsychology 165
Medieval Studies 108
Accounting & Computer Science 71
Maritime Studies 45
Holocaust Studies 40

References

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