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Neuroscience is the study of structure and function of the nervous system and addresses questions spanning from the cellular and molecular level to cognition and behavior. This multidisciplinary program encompasses an undergraduate major, graduate programs at the masters and doctoral level, and faculty research in a variety of areas. Students at all levels can participate in mentored research projects for hands on learning.

Explore neuroscience

Most of our graduates have pursued careers in biomedical research or in the medical/allied health professions. Others have pursued careers in industry (biotech firms and pharmaceutical companies), government (NIH), law, the insurance industry, and education (professors, career counselors).


This multidisciplinary major integrates courses from four different departments: Biology, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Health Sciences, and Psychology.

Two concentrations are available:

1. The Clinical Health Neuroscience concentration prepares students to pursue post-graduate careers in psychology or health professions.

2. The Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience concentration prepares students for graduate school in neuroscience or biomedical fields and medical school, and requires a research project under the supervision of a neuroscience program faculty member.

Neuroscience Undergraduate Program

Our graduate programs in Neuroscience are designed to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the fundamentals of Neuroscience combined with intensive research training that will allow you to successfully compete for neuroscience-related jobs in the private and public sectors.

M.S. in Neuroscience

Ph.D. in Neuroscience

Graduate programs

Applying to the graduate program

Applications are submitted in two parts, as described below. All materials must be submitted by the deadline for an application to be considered.

Part 1

Complete the graduate application forms and submit the following required materials.

Part 2

Complete Neuroscience program application forms and submit the following required materials

  • Neuroscience Supplemental Application
  • Download the Neuroscience Supplemental Application Form.
  • Upload the completed form into your application as a supplemental document.
  • Three Recommendation Letters
    • Letters should be written by people who know you in an academic and/or research setting.
    • Add the email address for each person providing a recommendation in your online application.
    • Ask your recommenders to respond to the questions in the application link they will receive.
    • Letters of recommendation must be submitted by those writing the recommendation through CMU’s online application portal.

Deadline: January 5

Note: Fillable forms must be opened in Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat. Forms opened in mobile browsers, Chrome, or Firefox may not save your data.

If you have any questions, please email