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Cognitive Science

1,705 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
110 Master's Degrees Annually
#134 in Popularity

Types of Degrees Cognitive Science Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many cognitive science graduations there were in 2017-2018 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 1,705
Master’s Degree 110
Doctor’s Degree 44
Graduate Certificate 13
Basic Certificate 3

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

1,705 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
62% Percent Women
52% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 1,705 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in cognitive science in 2018, making it rank #134 in popularity. This major is dominated by women with about 62% 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 Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 488
Black or African American 59
Hispanic or Latino 239
White 650
International Students 123
Other Races/Ethnicities 146

Geographic Diversity

Cognitive Science appeals to people across the globe. About 7.2% 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

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

Data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that cognitive science students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a bachelor’s degree made a median starting salary of $32,900 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $28,850 (25th percentile) and $40,250 (75th percentile).


We don’t know for sure if all of these people took jobs related to cognitive science so take that into consideration.

Online Cognitive Science Programs

In the 2017-2018 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) 1 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 1 0
Master’s Degree 12 0
Post-Master’s 2 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 16 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 34,540
Biological & Physical Science 27,751
International Studies 8,097
Interdisciplinary Studies 6,179
Nutrition Science 4,990
Behavioral Science 4,502
Natural Sciences 2,445
Sustainability Science 1,682
Gerontology 1,380
Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution 1,297
Human Computer Interaction 1,146
Human Biology 1,066
Science, Technology & Society 1,060
Mathematics & Computer Science 833
Museum Studies 778
Systems Theory 694
Computational Science 619
Dispute Resolution 583
Historic Preservation 446
Multicultural & Diversity Studies 416
Classical & Ancient Studies 315
Marine Science 243
Cultural Studies & Analysis 236
Biopsychology 158
Medieval Studies 119
Holocaust Studies 54
Accounting & Computer Science 45
Maritime Studies 15


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