Application Deadlines
Fall:January 15
Winter:January 15
Spring:January 15
Summer:January 15
Contact Information: 
192S ESC
Program Requirements: 

The purpose of the MS degree in Neuroscience is to gain a sound understanding of current concepts.  Through their thesis research project, students learn the fundamentals of scientific inquiry and state-of-the-art research techniques. Submission of the thesis to a peer-reviewed journal is encouraged but not required.

Requirements for Degree

  • Credit hours (30): minimum 24 approved course work hours plus 6 thesis hours (Neuro 699R).

Required Courses:

  • Bio 503 Research Orientation 1.0 
  • Cell 570 Responsible Research Conduct 1.0
  • Neuro 601 Cellular Neuroscience 3.0 
  • Neuro 602 Behavioral Neurobiology 3.0
  • Neuro 694R Research Presentation 1.5 (0.5 credits for 3 semesters)
  • Neuro 696R Neuroscience Graduate Seminar 1.5 (0.5 credits for 3 semesters)
  • Neuro 699R Masters Thesis 6.0
  • Stat 511 Statistical Methods for Research 1 or equivalent 3.0
  • Electives 8.0
  • Thesis: American Psychological Association format or journal publication format.
  • Examinations: (A) course work oral examination; (B) oral defense of thesis.
Admission Requirements: 

Required Tests


Additional Requirements

Resume required

Document summarizing interest level, research experience, likely fit for the program, and desire to conduct graduate research with at least 3 specific faculty members in the program.

Program Outcomes: 

Knowledge of Neuroscience Concepts

Be able to demonstrate a comprehensive familiarity in their area of specialization as well as foundational theories, concepts, and practices of the field.

Professional Development

Develop professionally through research or teaching assistantships and presentations of their research (Neuro 694R).

Scientific Method and Research

Add new knowledge to their field through generating hypotheses, designing and conducting experimental procedures, analyzing the collected data, determining how the new knowledge fits in with current understanding, and disseminating their findings to the broader scientific community.

Effective Communication

Develop oral and written skills sufficient to present and publish their research in peer-reviewed venues. Publication of research in peer reviewed journals is strongly encouraged.

Program Stats

Characteristics of Students from Past Academic Year
Total Students 7
International 0
Female 3
Non-White 0
BYU Undergraduate 7
Three Year Average Test Scores of Admitted Student
GRE Composite Score 321.8
GRE Quantitative Score 159.4
GRE Quantitative Percentile 73.8
GRE Verbal Score 162.3
GRE Verbal Percentile 88.7
GRE Analytical Score 4.2
GRE Analytical Percentile 65.7
Five Year Average of Graduated Students
Average Years to Degree 1.7
Graduated Per Year 2.7
Five Year Average of Admitted Students
Applied Per Year 8.4
Admitted Per Year 4.0
Percent Admitted 47.62
Average GPA 3.57