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Cognitive Science

2,120 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
92 Master's Degrees Annually
#128 in Popularity

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
Bachelor’s Degree 2,120
Master’s Degree 92
Doctor’s Degree 46
Graduate Certificate 14
Basic Certificate 3

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

2,120 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
61% Percent Women
51% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 2,120 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in cognitive science in 2019, making it rank #128 in popularity. This major is dominated by women with about 61% 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 635
Black or African American 68
Hispanic or Latino 279
White 732
International Students 231
Other Races/Ethnicities 175

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Cognitive Science, too. About 10.9% 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

The median early-career salary of cognitive science students with a bachelor’s degree is $32,900 a year according to 2017-2018 data from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $28,850 (25th percentile) and $40,250 (75th percentile).


One thing to note here is that not all of these people may be working in careers related to cognitive science.

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 37,392
Biological & Physical Science 29,278
International Studies 7,967
Interdisciplinary Studies 6,609
Nutrition Science 4,794
Behavioral Science 3,731
Natural Sciences 2,571
Sustainability Science 2,194
Human Biology 1,460
Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution 1,310
Gerontology 1,281
Human Computer Interaction 1,272
Science, Technology & Society 1,171
Mathematics & Computer Science 1,105
Computational Science 927
Systems Theory 917
Museum Studies 801
Dispute Resolution 668
Historic Preservation 433
Multicultural & Diversity Studies 424
Classical & Ancient Studies 303
Marine Science 275
Cultural Studies & Analysis 227
Biopsychology 165
Medieval Studies 108
Accounting & Computer Science 71
Maritime Studies 45
Holocaust Studies 40


*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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