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Degree Requirements

A Master of Science is earned en route to the Neuroscience Ph.D. degree. A minimum of 36 hours of graduate coursework is required for the Master of Science Degree in Neuroscience. To satisfy the minimum requirements for the degree, the student must complete successfully:

1. A minimum of 28 hours of graduate classroom coursework, which must include:

  • Neuroscience core course (NEUR 8000, 4 hours).
  • Core elective courses (select 2 of the following: NEUR 8010, 8020, 8030, 8420, 3 hours each, 6 hours total).
  • Quantitative course requirement (either NEUR 8040 or NEUR 8380, 4 hours).
  • Graduate Studies core courses (NEUR 8600, 1 hour, and NEUR 8050, 3 hours; 4 hours total).
  • Neuroscience electives (10 hours, 6 of which must be Topics, Concepts and/or Seminar courses).

2. A minimum of 8 semester hours of research credit. This requirement can be satisfied by enrolling in Neur 8800 Master’s Research or the equivalent.

Students admitted for graduate study that have already taken relevant graduate classes or who are in possession of a graduate degree may be accorded advanced standing after an evaluation of previous graduate work.  This evaluation would normally be conducted by the Director of Graduate Studies before entry into the program or at the very latest during the first semester of enrollment.


A minimum of 90 hours of graduate credit is required for the Ph.D. degree in Neuroscience. To satisfy the minimum requirements for the degree, the student must complete successfully:

1. The Master of Science in Neuroscience (36 hours).

2. Successful Completion of a Qualifying Exam.

3. A minimum of 54 semester hours of research credit. This requirement can be satisfied by a combination of Neur 9910 Advanced Research, Neur 9999 Dissertation Research (minimum 20 hours), and Neur 9920 Advanced Directed Readings or the equivalent.

4. An approved dissertation proposal.

5. An approved dissertation.

6. A successful dissertation defense.

See the Course Catalog for additional information.