Program Description

Students in this program receive excellent advanced preparation in neuroscience, including methods and techniques used in neuroscience research. The education and training M.S. students receive prepares them for doctoral-level work in neuroscience and related areas, but also for other opportunities, such as research positions in private and public sectors, as well as providing fundamental background and skills for further professional education (e.g., P.A., D.O., or M.D. programs).

The M.S. program in neuroscience uses a mentorship model, which matches each incoming student with an advisor who shares similar research interests. There is a strong emphasis on research throughout the program.  Students have received state and national recognition for their research, and our graduates have successfully completed doctoral and professional degrees and/or have gone on to stellar careers in academics and various in industry, especially in biotechnology, pharmaceutical companies and in the global healthcare market.

Research Opportunities and Assistantships

Research is a critical component of the M.S. program, as all students are required to produce an empirical, publishable quality thesis. The program has state-of-the-art research facilities, including the Brain Research and Integrative Neuroscience (BRAIN) Center that is fully equipped for cellular/molecular neuroscience, as well as a complete suite of surgical and behavioral testing rooms, including dedicated space and equipment for in vivo imaging, in vivo micodialysis, as well as electrophysiological and optogenetic recordings.

Additionally, most students are offered a graduate or teaching assistantship.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the neuroscience Ph.D. program requires:

  • a minimum 3.00 GPA;
  • strong GRE scores; and
  • experience and/or strong passion for an area of research that matches one of our faculty members (a full list can be found here).

Application deadline is December 15. Apply online at   

Graduation Requirements

All students must complete a publishable-quality, empirical thesis that is successfully defended to a committee of program faculty members.

For More Information

Jessica Lapp
Program Coordinator
College of Science and Engineering
Brooks 219

This program is housed in the College of Science and Engineering.  For more information, visit our Neuroscience website.