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 - 7.0
  • Stat 511 Statistical Methods for Research 1 or equivalent 3.0
  • A seminar must be presented each year (Neuro 694R)
  • Electives 9
  • Thesis: American Psychological Association format or journal publication format.
  • Examinations: (A) coursework oral examination; (B) oral defense of thesis.
Admission Requirements: 


GRE, MCAT, or DAT are not required but may be submitted if desired.

Course Prerequisites

In addition to general graduate requirements, applicants should have a strong background in neuroscience including: 

  • At least one advanced course completed in Molecular/Cellular Neuroscience, Behavioral Neuroscience, or Psychology.
  • Solid foundation in the basic sciences with advanced courses in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physics, and Biology/Physiology. 
  • Students without the prerequisite courses in neuroscience can be accepted conditionally into the program, provided they take a Behavioral Neuroscience course (Neuro 460) and a Cellular Neuroscience course (Neuro 480) their first semester and pass each class with a 3.0 or higher.
  • Grade Point Average: 3.0 or greater. If lower, a petition is needed.    

Additional Requirements



Three Letters of Recommendation: at least two from academic mentors/faculty/research advisors. 

Letter of Intent: Document summarizing your background, career goals, research experience, interest level, likely fit, and desire to conduct graduate research with at least three specific faculty members in the program. 

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact individual faculty members whose research is aligned with the prospective student's long-term goals. This allows the faculty member to advocate on behalf of the applicant during the acceptance process. Students will work directly with faculty mentors throughout their graduate programs. Faculty contact information can be found here.  

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.