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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

    All materials must be submitted by the deadline for an application to be considered. See additional instructions further below for the Accelerated MS program application.

    Complete the graduate application form online and submit the following required materials.

    • Online CMU Graduate Application
    • Official transcripts from undergraduate and any graduate institutions (these may be submitted electronically to apply@cmich.edu but must be sent by the institution awarding the credits/degree)
    • Application fee
    • Select the NSC faculty you are interested in working with within the online application. If you are not yet sure who you want to work with, please review the faculty research profiles.
    • International students must also provide proof of English language proficiency. Review details specific to international student applications at https://www.cmich.edu/international-admissions/graduate/apply-international.
    • Three Recommendation Letters
      • Letters of recommendation must be submitted by those writing the recommendation through CMU’s online application portal.
      • Letters should be written by people who know you in an academic and/or research setting.
      • Add the email address in your online application for each person providing a recommendation.
      • Ask your recommenders to respond to the questions in the application link they will receive.

    Deadline: January 5

    If you have any questions, please email  NSC@cmich.edu.

    Additional information on the Accelerated MS in Neuroscience

    For the Accelerated MS program, consider which track you wish to follow:  Plan A (thesis) or Plan B. This will help determine your NSC graduate advisor and your course plan. Instructions about the application process are provided at https://www.cmich.edu/offices-departments/office-research-graduate-studies/graduate-studies/accelerated-masters-degree-program along with the Acknowledgement and Approval form you will discuss and and complete electronically with your NSC graduate advisor.