Program Requirements

General Program Requirements:
Number of Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 30

Required Courses:

Core Courses
NSCI 5001Systems and Behavioral Neuroscience3
NSCI 5002Neurochemistry3
NSCI 5016Professional Development in Neuroscience3
NSCI 9381Readings in Neuroscience3
PSY 5003Advanced Statistics3
PSY 8712Core Course in Behavioral Neuroscience3
Electives 16
Capstone Course
NSCI 9991Directed Research6
Total Credit Hours30

Culminating Events:
Master's Project:
Students are required to work on a master’s project over both terms in their second year of the program. The purpose of the project is not only to train students in specific neuroscientific techniques, but also how to develop a scientific and analytical approach toward a problem, formulate clear research questions, conduct experiments, and analyze/interpret data. Depending on their career goals, students may opt to engage either in a laboratory-based research project or in a non-laboratory project.

Students who are motivated to join a doctoral program or are interested in a research position gain by working independently on a neuroscientific investigation under the supervision of a faculty member who maintains an active neuroscience research program. On the other hand, students who are not intending to engage in bench-level research upon graduation and are interested in non-research jobs, such as counseling, research administration, public policy, and teaching, may choose to engage in a non-laboratory project of a similar scope. This may include activities such as conducting a literature review on a topic and presenting it to an audience, drafting a scope of work for a grant funding agency, or preparing a consulting proposal for a prospective client.