Master of Science (M.S.) in Neuroscience

The Masters of Science (M.S.) in Neuroscience Program at Central Michigan University is designed to give each student a comprehensive understanding or the core principles in neuroscience and the requisite training that will prepare students for further, doctoral-level graduate training or for positions in academics, industry, or government that utilize highly trained research skills in specific areas of neuroscience. Throughout the program, all students are expected to be actively involved in research with a Program faculty member, who serves as a mentor. The focus of the M.S. Program in Neuroscience is the build a broad-based and comprehensive understanding of the basic principles of neuroscience and develop a strong background for applied research in some specific area of neuroscience. Current areas of specific research training include CNS control of respiration and studying the causes and potential treatments for Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, and Parkinson’s diseases. Students are encouraged to contact Program faculty members in their area of research interest prior to submitting application materials.

Degree Requirements


Required Courses I (18 hours)
NSC 601 Principles of Neuroscience I - 4 hours
NSC 602 Principles of Neuroscience II – 4 hours
NSC 690 Research Seminar in Neuroscience – 1 to 4 hours
NSC 798 Thesis: Design – 1 to 3 hours
NSC 799 Thesis: Implementation – 1 to 3 hours

Note: A minimum of 4 hours of NSC 690 and 6 hours from a combination of NSC 798 and NSC 799 is required.

Required Courses II (3 hours)
One of the following:
BIO 500 Biological Statistics – 3 hours
PSY 511 Statistics in Psychology – 3 hours

Required Courses III (3 hours)
One of the following:
BIO 600 Biological Research Design and Analysis – 3 hours
PSY 611 Research Design – 3 hours

Electives (6 hours)
To be chosen in consultation with advisor. Students need a minimum of 2 credit hours from elective courses at the 600 level.

Total: 30 semester hours

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