Application Instructions

If you identify as a:

  • First-year B.Sc. student who is looking to declare a major in a Cognitive Systems B.Sc. stream → The application procedure for the Cognitive Systems B.Sc. specializations is coordinated by the Faculty of Science through a central on-line application process. B.Sc. students entering second year will receive an e-mail regarding this process in late May or early June, but are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the application process and specialization prerequisites well in advance during first year. You can find more information on this process here. In short, this is not the correct application form for you.
  • B.Sc. student who is looking to switch into the B.Sc. Computational Intelligence and Design stream → Please contact the Computer Science Department directly.

If you identify as a:

  • Second year B.A. student who is looking to declare a major in a Cognitive Systems B.A. stream
  • Student who has a different specialization (major) but would like to switch into a Cognitive Systems stream in the same Faculty

please keep on reading.


Admission Requirements

Please note that intake for 2019W Term 1 has already been completed; thank you for your interest. Please check back to see when the 2020W application opens.

If you are applying to the Cognitive Systems Program for 2020W (September 2020) entry, you must meet the following requirements by May 15, 2020:

  1. With the exception of the Computational Intelligence and Design stream (CPSC stream), admission to Cognitive Systems specializations requires students to have successfully completed (i.e. received a passing mark for) at least 27 credits. Application inquiries regarding the CPSC stream should be directed to Computer Science Advising.
  2. Students should not apply until they have second year standing and have completed:
    1. COGS 200 and 6 Credits of courses in any of PSYC, LING, PHIL, or CPSC, or
    2. 9 Credits of courses in any of COGS, PSYC, LING, PHIL, or CPSC.

You may not nominate three courses all of which were taken within the same department. (e.g. CPSC110, CPSC121, LING100 is permissible; CPSC103, CPSC107, CPSC121 is not permissible). The courses under 2.1 and 2.2 cannot have been taken on a Credit/D/Fail basis.

Selection for admission is based on the completion of the application process, and on the student’s calculated average in all credits of post-secondary coursework attempted. If the student has completed more than 27 credits of post-secondary work at UBC Vancouver, up to 12 credits may be excluded from the calculation, with the exception of credits taken in COGS, CPSC, LING, PHIL, PSYC, and STAT.

Note for internal transfer students (i.e. students who plan to switch in from another specialization) only:

Internal transfer students have the option for admittance to COGS at two points in the academic year. We offer a mid-year intake to internal transfer students, in which accepted students will gain entrance to the program for 2019W Term 2. Additionally, internal transfer students may apply for 2020W Term 1 entry into COGS through this same form. Application forms for Cognitive Systems specializations for the 2019W T2 session are due by November 30th, 2019. Please check back for when the mid-year intake application opens.

Internal transfer applicants will be notified by December 21st 2019 whether they have been accepted, rejected, or put on a waiting list.