The Department of Psychology offers a graduate certificate in cognitive neuroscience under the auspices of the program in Human Factors/Applied Cognition.


Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in Graduate Admissions. For information specific to the graduate certificate in cognitive neuroscience, see Application Requirements and Deadlines.


For policies governing all graduate certificates, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Banner Code: LA-CERG-CNEU

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 18

This certificate may be pursued on a full-or part-time basis.

For policies governing all graduate certificates, see AP.6.8 Requirements for Graduate Certificates.

Core Courses

PSYC 530Cognitive Engineering: Cognitive Science Applied to Human Factors3
Six credits of6
Advanced Topics in Cognitive Science 1
Total Credits9

Topic must be relevant to cognitive neuroscience. This course is repeatable when the specific topic is different.

Additional Course

Select one course from the following:3
Mammalian Neurobiology
Neuronal Bases of Learning and Memory
Behavioral Chemistry
Total Credits3


Select two electives from the following:6
Biological Bases of Human Behavior
Directed Reading and Research 1
Advanced Topics in Cognitive Science 1
Total Credits6

May be used to fulfill this requirement when the topic is relevant to the certificate with prior written approval of the program director.