All applications should be submitted via the PSL portal.
The Master in Cognitive Science has a single admission session in 2024, which will open on January 11, and close on March 11 (23h59 Paris time).
The procedure requires an online application and interviews.
The majority of applicants apply for the first year (M1). Their submission is evaluated by a panel selected based on the applicant's prior education. There are 45 slots available for M1.
Candidates with an M1 or equivalent may apply directly to the second year (M2). It is important to note that students entering directly into M2 in 2024 will be completing the program of the former "Cogmaster" (available here) and not the new ENS-PSL Master in Cognitive Science. There will be a maximum of 5 slots available for direct M2 entry.
In preparing your application, please include the following:
This program is open to any student with a bachelor's degree in science or the humanities and a strong interest in cognitive science. A minimum level of English is required to follow the courses and take the exams. Knowledge of French is not required.
Tuition fees are set by ministerial decree (€334 in 2021/22).
Master's degree candidates are strongly encouraged to also apply to become a Fellow of the École Normale Supérieure, also known as a Normalien, a highly prestigious status in the French academic system with a number of very important benefits, including the virtual certainty of receiving a PhD scholarship after the Master's degree, and a scholarship of around 1000€ per month for foreign students. Additional details can be found here.
There are two different entrance tracks to become a Normalien: (1) the "international selection" track, which is reserved for foreigners (non-French nationals), and (2) the "Normalien étudiant" track, which is open to all nationalities.
BEWARE!!! The application for the international selection track has an earlier deadline than the Master's application. Application procedure is here, and the deadline is December 11, 2023 (23h59, Paris time).
The deadline for the Normalien étudiant track, on the other hand, is later than the Master's application. It will be announced at a later date.