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 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.
Most students are offered graduate research
assistantships which provide a stipend and tuition remission. There is no
separate application for this funding.
Admission to the neuroscience Ph.D. program requires:
Application deadline is December 15. Apply online at
Neuroscience Application Page.
All students must complete a publishable-quality, empirical thesis that is successfully defended before a committee of program faculty members.