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Program Overview

In our neuroscience program, you'll complete the coursework and experiential learning needed to become an independent researcher and a leader in the field. From exploring new treatments for neurodegenerative diseases to better understanding how the nervous system responds to illness and injury, you'll be engaged in critical research from day one.

A Ph.D. in neuroscience trains you to do critical research on the brain and nervous system. You'll find answers to questions that will help people live mentally and physically healthier lives.

Program Snapshot

Program Type: Full-Time
Location: On Campus
Program Length: 4-5 years
Credit Hours: 61

Why This Program & What You'll Learn

We train students who want to pursue applied research. Our program follows a mentorship model. From start to finish, you’ll work closely alongside a faculty member whose research interests match your own. In fact, we encourage you to contact program faculty members in your area of interest before submitting your application.

We embrace the interdisciplinary nature of neuroscience, drawing faculty from the departments of psychology, biology, health sciences and medicine.

In your first two years, you’ll complete foundational coursework and design a research project with your faculty mentor. After a successful defense of your proposed research, you'll work on completing a research plan, writing a scientific paper and defending your dissertation work.

Program Highlights

As a neuroscience Ph.D. student, you'll benefit from:

  • Our mentorship model that ensures you work with a faculty mentor with shared interests.
  • State-of-the-art facilities that include equipment designed for research projects that explore neuroscience from a molecular and cellular aspect as well as from a behavioral aspect.
  • Graduate research assistantships, based on yearly progress, which provide a stipend and tuition remission.

Careers & Outcomes

Our neuroscience Ph.D. students have become internationally-recognized researchers. Graduates of our program go on to postdoctoral work in laboratories around the globe. They obtain professional positions in academia and in biotechnology, pharmaceutical companies and the global healthcare market.

Career Projected Salary
Laboratory Manager $137,900
Research Scientist $74,342
Clinical Research Director $95,543
Research and Development Director $100,617
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