Graduate Program

Georgia State University’s Neuroscience Institute is among the nation’s best. We offer three graduate degree programs in Neuroscience: Ph.D., Stand-alone M.S., and a B.S./M.S Dual Degree.

  • Interdisciplinary training
    Students work with Core Neuroscience Faculty and over 50 Associate Faculty from other departments including, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Education, Mathematics, Public Health, Psychology, Philosophy, and Physics.
  • Rich array of learning opportunities
    Students can train in behavioral neuroscience and neuroendocrinology, neurogenomics and genetics, neuroimmunology and cardiometabolic diseases, computational neuroscience, neuroethics, and primate behavior and cognition.  Students can 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).
  • Training provided in state-of-the-art research centers and facilities
    Including the 350,000 square foot Petit Science Center.  There are numerous centers associated with the Neuroscience Institute.  For a list of research resources see
  • Exceptional number of science education and outreach 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.

Director of Graduate Studies
Charles Derby, Ph.D.

Graduate Studies Administrator
Emily Hardy

Graduate Student Highlights