The University of Texas at Dallas School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences


Does the Master’s Degree Program Provide Scholarships or Financial Aid?

There are limited resources for supporting incoming master’s students. Students can apply for need-based financial assistance, including loans, grants, and work-study positions, through the University’s Office of Financial Aid. In addition, all nonresident students are automatically considered for a limited number of competitive scholarships that reduce the cost of nonresident tuition.

Can I Visit the Master’s Degree Program?

The program welcomes visitors before or after admission We do not have a specified visitor’s day, but are always happy to answer your questions and visit with you about the program. Call or email the program office for admissions questions and general questions about the program.

What are the GPA and GRE Requirements for Admission?

Although there is no specific GPA or GRE cutoff for admission, a cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required. For students entering the program recently, the median GRE score was 307 and the median overall GPA was 3.4.

How Many Students do you Accept Each Semester?

We admit students for the fall, spring and summer terms. We typically enroll 50-60 new students in the fall term and 10-15 new students in the spring term.

What are the Requirements for Students Coming from Out-of-Field?

The master’s program in Applied Cognition and Neuroscience is a multidisciplinary program and is designed to accommodate students entering the program who have a diverse background and range of interests. Students with concerns or questions regarding preparation for entering the master’s program should contact the program office for more information.

What if I’m also Interested in Doctoral Study?

The master’s Program in Applied Cognition and Neuroscience provides excellent preparation for the pursuit of doctoral study in the fields of neuroscience, cognitive-neuroscience, and experimental psychology. However, the PhD program in Cognition and Neuroscience in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at UT Dallas is independent of the master’s program in Applied Cognition and Neuroscience. Admission to the master’s program does not include admission to the PhD program. Students interested in applying to the PhD program should submit a separate application to the PhD Cognition and Neuroscience program office. If a student is admitted to the PhD program during or after the completion of their master’s degree in Applied Cognition and Neuroscience, some or all of the course credits completed in the master’s program may be applied towards the PhD program in Cognition and Neuroscience.

How Big Is the Master’s Degree Program?

The master’s program in Applied Cognition and Neuroscience is a growing program. As a 36-credit hour program, we have had over 140 students enrolled for fall and spring semesters in the past two years. While a majority of our students are full-time, we do have a small fraction of part-time students. With applied cognition and neuroscience being so broad our students select a specialization area on which to focus. Depending on what area you select, the core and method classes for that area can range from 30-40 students in these classes. Some of our more advanced elective courses consist of 10-15 students.

How Do I Make The Most Out Of My Experience In The Program?

“Overall, my experiences empower me to work not only work in the line of research I hope to make my career in, but also practice communication neuroscience research findings to the general public and raise awareness.”

Jasmine LaCoursiere, Class of Summer 2015

“The ACN program was very helpful in quickly introducing the basics of neuroscience with courses such as systems neuroscience, functional neuro-anatomy and intelligent systems and analysis and designs. Also with the help of courses such as memory and seminar courses in memory, I was able to learn in depth about cognitive neuroscience aspects of memory which is one of my primary areas of interest.”

Haripriya Srinivasaraghavan, Class of Spring 2015