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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*
The major attracts more women than men. About 55% of the recent graduates in this field are 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

You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to cognitive science.

Major Number of Grads
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 2,661
Nutrition Science 1,439
Sustainability Science 1,184
International Studies 1,182
Computational Science 763
Behavioral Science 724
Museum Studies 710
Gerontology 645
Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution 630
Biological & Physical Science 611
Human Computer Interaction 562
Dispute Resolution 522
Systems Theory 460
Historic Preservation 292
Interdisciplinary Studies 213
Mathematics & Computer Science 189
Science, Technology & Society 187
Multicultural & Diversity Studies 131
Natural Sciences 94
Marine Science 92
Cultural Studies & Analysis 69
Medieval Studies 49
Classical & Ancient Studies 30
Holocaust Studies 30
Maritime Studies 20
Accounting & Computer Science 10
Human Biology 8
Biopsychology 1

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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