Graduate Program

Georgia State University’s Neuroscience Institute is among the nation’s best. In its recent rankings of neuroscience graduate programs, GraduatePrograms.Com placed GSU at #16, between U Penn & MIT.

  • Interdisciplinary doctoral training
    Students work with Core Neuroscience Faculty and over 40 Associate Faculty from other departments including, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Education, Mathematics, Nursing, Psychology, Philosophy, and Physics.
  • Comprehensive training in neuroscience and professional development
    The core coursework provides students with training in the behavioral, cellular, and systems neurosciences, statistics, professional development, and academic survival skills.
  • Rich array of learning opportunities
    Students can choose from over 50 electives (e.g., computational modeling, cognitive neuroscience, neurophilosophy, neuroendocrinology, neuroplasticity), obtain training in a wide range of research methodologies, and have the opportunity to teach and attend journal clubs, seminars, and distinguished speaker series.
  • First-rate place for neuroscience
    Atlanta has a thriving Neuroscience community and an active Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience. In addition to the incredible amount of neuroscience research at GSU, there are opportunities for collaboration with researchers at Emory University, Georgia Tech, Morehouse School of Medicine, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Neuroscience researchers from the major Atlanta universities are brought together through the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience (CBN).
  • Training provided in state-of-the-art facilities
    Including the 350,000 square foot Petit Science Center.  For a list of research resources see
  • Exceptional number of science education programs
    Students have the opportunity to participate in rewarding programs aimed at increasing scientific literacy and brain awareness in the community, including K-12 schools.

We also offer a dual B.S./M.S degree in neuroscience.

Director of Graduate Studies
Charles Derby, Ph.D.

Graduate Studies Administrator
Emily Hardy

Graduate Student Highlights