A COGS degree does not dictate the careers of alumni. Rather, it is the alumni that take ownership and decide on what their COGS degree means to them and how their COGS degree fits into their lives. Since there are significant differences in each COGS student’s degree (due to the variety of streams and module courses), each alum will have a different answer. Streams alone do not predict career progressions – the path taken (or created) will depend on each alum’s combination of skills and interests. What will you discover?

Transferable skills

Some students have a tendency to think, “What jobs are out there, where computer science, linguistics, philosophy and psychology all intersect?”

If you think about jobs that pertain to only four disciplines, you may be limiting yourself. Take into consideration the skills you would acquire by the time you graduate:

  • Swiftly accumulating and synthesizing knowledge from various subjects – you can see how different ideas fit together.
  • Collaboration with individuals from other specializations – you can utilize collective intelligence to solve problems.
  • Evaluation – you can approach complex problems from different perspectives.
  • Meaningful critique – you realize that not all research is perfect, and have applied a critical eye to existing research.
  • Research – you have done the necessary outreach to find your COGS 402 project supervisor, scoping and executing your own research project from start to finish.

These transferable skills enable you to define a problem, design creative solutions, and connect brilliant minds across different domains to discover solutions together. These skills will help you in any domain you choose to pursue – well beyond the areas of computer science, linguistics, philosophy and psychology.

Alumni trajectories: a summary

Because a COGS degree equips you with expertise in rapidly-progressing areas, the paths taken by past students may not reflect the most promising direction for present students to follow. Although the following information may guide or inspire you, a COGS degree should equip you with the intellectual resourcefulness to blaze a trail of your own.

Based on data from 357 COGS alumni, approximately 1/3 pursue further education (e.g. Master’s Degree, PhD, Diploma or Certificate). The other 2/3 join the workforce directly.

  • Popular Masters degrees include: Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science, Digital Media, Human-Computer Interaction, Informatics, Management, Psychology/Neuroscience, Occupational Therapy, and Speech Pathology.
  • Doctorate degrees were mostly in Psychology/Neuroscience.
  • Bachelor’s degrees were mostly in Computer Science.
  • Popular Diplomas and Certificates were in Accounting, Paralegal, and UX Design.
  • Some alumni pursue law school or medical school.

Other COGS alumni join the workforce, pursuing the following areas (and many more):

  • Software engineering
  • Web development
  • User experience (UX/UI)
  • Marketing
  • Business development
  • Business intelligence
  • Customer experience
  • Consulting
  • Data science
  • Product management
  • Project management
  • Clinical research coordination
  • Occupational therapy

Some alumni decide to pursue additional education after spending a few/several years in industry, and vice versa.

Curious to hear more from COGS graduates? Check out our Alumni Spotlights!

Considering graduate school?

Here are some resources on what it is like to pursue graduate studies and how to successfully conduct your research. The full list can be found here. (Special thanks to COGS alumnus Theo Rosenfeld for the curation of resources.)

If you are looking for graduate school application resources, the following may be a good start: