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Lab ImageThe master of science degree in Applied Cognition and Neuroscience (ACN) program incorporates methodologies from such diverse fields as psychology, neuroscience and computer science. Students in the ACN program may choose to specialize in one or more of the following areas: Cognition and Neuroscience, Computational Modeling/Intelligent Systems, Human Computer Interaction, and Neurological Diagnosis and Monitoring.




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Degree Program


The master of science in applied cognition and neuroscience requires 36 graduate credit hours: 18 hours of required core courses, 12 hours in an area of specialization and six internship hours.


Students may select one of four areas of specialization:


Cognition and neuroscience provides a flexible multidisciplinary curriculum for studying the mind and brain that is adaptable to individual students’ interests. Students will gain the diverse skills needed to collect and interpret behavioral and neurophysiological data.


Computational modeling/intelligent systems provides advanced training related to developing mathematical and computer simulation models of the brain and behavior, as well as the development of artificially intelligent systems.


Human computer interaction provides excellent preparation for careers that either directly or indirectly involve usability engineering and human computer interactions.


Neurological diagnosis and monitoring provides advanced training and preparation for functional brain-imaging methods such as EEG, SPECT, PET and fMRI for both clinical and experimental investigations, as well as preparation for a career in the field of intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring.


The graduate catalog provides an overview of course requirements for the ACN program and lists specific requirements for each area of specialization.


Learn more about the program through an introductory slideshow and a video presentation. Visit the IONM website to learn more about the Neurological Diagnosis and Monitoring specialization area.


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Career Paths


Lab ImageThe master’s degree program in applied cognition and neuroscience (ACN) prepares students for doctoral work in areas such as experimental psychology, neuroscience and multidisciplinary areas of doctoral study such as cognitive neuroscience. The ACN master’s program also provides excellent preparation for students who plan to pursue medical careers.


The specialization areas of computational modeling/intelligent systems, human computer interactions, and neurological diagnosis and monitoring provide excellent career training opportunities for students who will not pursue doctoral study. Find more information about career opportunities in these areas by visiting the websites of ACN Organizations listed below, or through the ACN introductory slideshow and video presentation. Visit the IONM website to learn more about the Neurological Diagnosis and Monitoring specialization area.


The multidisciplinary program is also appropriate for business professionals interested in retraining or continuing their education. Many courses in the ACN program are offered periodically as evening courses to meet the needs of busy professionals’ schedules. Part-time students are welcome in the ACN program.


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Admission to the applied cognition and neuroscience program is based on a review of the applicant’s GPA, letters of recommendation and a narrative description of interests and career goals. Both GRE quantitative and verbal scores are required to be considered for admission.


To submit an application:



The UT Dallas graduate admissions page will help guide you through the process. You can check your status using the University’s Orion program. If you’ve been accepted into the program, please read the University’s steps after admission page.


Lab ImageApplied Cognition and Neuroscience Master's Degree Program

ATTN Melanie Davis
School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences
The University of Texas at Dallas
800 W. Campbell Rd, GR41
Richardson, TX 75080


Questions about the admissions process should be directed to email


Questions about the content of the ACN program should be directed to ACN program head Professor Richard Golden at email


Students with strong academic records, who are in the process of completing their undergraduate degree at UT Dallas, may consider the fast-track program, which enables undergraduate students to take up to 15 hours of graduate courses that will count toward both UT Dallas bachelor and graduate degrees.


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Program Contacts

Program Head

Richard Golden, PhD

Office: GR 4.814

Phone: 972-883-2423



Program Assistant, BBS Graduate Studies Office

Melanie Davis

Office: GR 4.824

Phone: 972-883-2588



Program Mailing Address
Applied Cognition and Neuroscience Master's Degree Program

ATTN Melanie Davis
School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences
The University of Texas at Dallas
800 W. Campbell Rd, GR41
Richardson, TX 75080


Phone: 972-883-2588



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The Neuroscience Travel Award supports undergraduate Neuroscience or graduate Applied Cognition and Neuroscience students that are the first and presenting author on a presentation at a scientific conference. The individual requesting travel must be currently enrolled and must be in good academic standing. A completed application includes:


  1. Completed Neuroscience Student Travel Award Application Form.
  2. A Research Advisor Form completed by the student's research advisor identifying the specific contributions made by the student to the project.
  3. Resume or CV, including education, work experience, honors/awards, publications (abstracts and manuscripts), etc.
  4. Proof of acceptance of research submission.


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Lab ImageUT Dallas Organizations

Callier Center for Communication Disorders

Center for BrainHealth®

Center for Children and Families

Center for Vital Longevity


External Organizations

Cognitive-Neuroscience Specialization

American Psychological Association

Cognitive Science Society

Society for Mathematical Psychology

Society for Neuroscience

Cognitive Neuroscience Society


Computational Modeling/Intelligent Systems Specialization

Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence

IEEE Computational Intelligence Society


Human-Computer Interaction Specialization

Usability Professionals Association

DFW Usability Professionals Association

Special Interest Group on Human Computer Interaction

Human Factors and Ergonomics Society


Neurological Diagnosis and Monitoring Specialization

American Society of Electroneurodiagnostic Technologists

American Society of Neurophysiological Monitoring

International Organization of Societies for Electrophysiological Technology

American Clinical Neurophysiology Society

Frequently Asked Questions About Neurological Diagnosis and Monitoring


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Program Faculty


The core faculty in the Applied Cognition and Neuroscience MS program specializes in cognitive-neuroscience, cognitive psychology and neuroscience.


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Program Resources



ACN Degree Plan

ACN Handouts

ACN Specialization Area Matrix

Exit Interview Form

Expedited Advising Form

Internship Proposal Form

Internship Report Form

Introduction to Cognitive Science



Admission and Enrollment Services

Office of Graduate Studies


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