Degree Requirements

 

Students who earn the Ph.D. also earn a M.S. Neuroscience degree in the process.  To complete the M.S. portion of the program, a minimum of 28 hours of graduate classroom coursework is required, which must include:

  • Neuroscience core course (NEUR 8000; 4 hours).
  • Neuroscience core elective courses (select 2 of the following: NEUR 8010, 8020, 8031, 8420: 3 hours each, 6 hours total).
  • Quantitative course requirement (either NEUR 8040 or NEUR 8380: 3-4 hours).
  • Introduction to Graduate Studies core courses (NEUR 8600, NEUR 8050: 4 hours).
  • Neuroscience electives (10-11 hours, 6 of which must be Topics, Concepts and/or Seminar courses).
  • 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.
  • A qualifying exam.

Once the student has completed their M.S. in Neuroscience, they must also satisfy the following minimum requirements for the Ph.D. degree in Neuroscience.

  • A minimum of 54 semester hours of research credit. This requirement can be satisfied by a combination of NEUR 9910 Advanced Research, 9999 Dissertation Research (minimum 20 hours), and NEUR 9920 Advanced Directed Readings or the equivalent.
  • A dissertation proposal.
  • A dissertation.
  • A final oral presentation, directed primarily to the defense of the dissertation.

Students in the Neuroscience Ph.D. program can also earn a concentration in Neuroethics.

 

A minimum of 36 hours of graduate coursework is required for the stand-alone Master of Science degree in Neuroscience. To satisfy the minimum requirements for the degree, the student must complete successfully:

  • A minimum of 27 hours of graduate classroom coursework, which must include:
    • Neuroscience core course (NEUR 6010 or NEUR 8000; 4 credits).
    • Core elective courses (select 2 of following: NEUR 8010, 8020, 8031, 8420: 3 hours each, 6 hours total).
    • Quantitative course requirement (either NEUR 8040 or NEUR 8380 or NEUR 6050: 3-4 hours).
    • Responsible Conduct in Research (NEUR 8600; 1 hour).
    • Neuroscience electives (minimum of 12-13 hours, 6 of which must be 8000-level Topics, Concepts, and/or Seminar courses; the remaining may be taken at the 6000-level).
  • A minimum of 9 semester hours of research credit. This requirement may be satisfied by enrolling in NEUR 8800 Master’s Research or similar independent studies.
  • A written product approved by the student’s Master’s Committee. Students have the option of defending a formal Master’s thesis, or of selecting the non-thesis option. In the latter case, students submit an empirical paper, literature review, methodological / technical paper, research proposal or other product with the approval of the Graduate Program Committee.

The Neuroscience Institute offers a combined Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Neuroscience. This five-year program is designed for GSU neuroscience undergraduates who are deeply interested in neuroscience to gain additional research experience as they prepare for graduate/professional school, or for students looking for additional education in neuroscience to leverage for biomedical-based careers. The first three years match our B.S. in Neuroscience program, with the fourth and fifth years including additional M.S.-level course requirements and research experiences.

For further information on the Dual B.S./M.S. Program in Neuroscience, please visit https://neuroscience.gsu.edu/undergrad/dual-degree/.

See the Course Catalog for additional information.