Program Policies

Qualifying Examination

All students must be admitted to the DE program before the qualifying examination. The qualifying examination must include examination of knowledge within the DE. At least one faculty member of the DE must participate in the qualifying examination. Satisfactory performance on the qualifying examination for the Ph.D. will be judged according to the established rules in the affiliated program.


The dissertation topic shall incorporate study within the DE. The dissertation committee must include at least one faculty member of the DE, to ensure that the dissertation contributes in a significant way to the interdisciplinary field of the DE.

Degree Conferral

The DE will be acknowledged solely in conjunction with the Ph.D. in an established Ph.D. program and will be signified by the transcript and diploma designation “Ph.D. in [Name of Student Major] with a Designated Emphasis in Cognitive Science.”