Education & Training

The CLS is open to PhD candidates in all allied fields. To earn a doctoral degree at the University of Rochester a candidate may

  1. Earn a degree in a single discipline.
  2. Pursue an interdepartmental PhD. Currently our most active interdisciplinary PhD programs are found in brain and cognitive sciences, computer science, linguistics, and philosophy.

Students are welcome to participate in CLS activities whether pursuing a single departmental PhD or an interdisciplinary degree. An interdepartmental graduate student affiliated to the CLS will have a primary or home department, with a secondary appointment in an allied field and advisors in both programs. See the individual departments for information about these interdisciplinary degrees.

A guiding principle of the CLS is that coursework, reading groups and lab groups, which are seated in the home departments of the faculty, are open and accessible to all, and participation by members outside the individual departments and programs is encouraged. 

All PhD candidates have the opportunity to become involved in interdisciplinary research and training through in the CLS and its activities.