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Graduate Bulletin

Biomedical Neuroscience, M.S.


Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Application Deadline:

Fall: July 15

Spring: November 1

Applications are processed as they are received throughout the year.

APPLY ONLINE to this graduate program.

Letters of Reference:

Number Required: 3

From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from college/university faculty members familiar with the applicant's academic competence.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:

A foundation in the Biological Sciences is required.  Coursework in Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Genetics, and Neurobiology is considered relevant.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

All applicants must present credentials that are the equivalent of the appropriate baccalaureate degree at Temple University.

Statement of Goals:

The Statement of Goals should be approximately 500-1,000 words in length and should include the following elements: your interest in Temple's program; your research goals; your future career goals; and your academic and research achievements.

Standardized Test Scores:

The GRE is required. Scores of greater than 600 on the verbal and quantitative sections are typical of applicants.

Minimum TOEFL score needed to be accepted: 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, or 79 internet-based.

Program Requirements
General Program Requirements:

Number of Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 17, not inclusive of variable research credit (7-9 s.h.) and Master’s Thesis credit (3 s.h.)

Required Courses:

The Biomedical Neuroscience graduate program is integrated into the "Interdisciplinary Program in Biomedical Sciences,” as described at http://www.temple.edu/medicine/education/grad_programs.htm.  The program requires Ph.D. and M.S. students in all programs to take two interdisciplinary foundation courses (IFC) and two integrated bioscience courses (17 s.h.):

    • One Biochemistry IFC: Fundamentals of Biochemistry or Structure and Function of Macromolecules
    • One Molecular and Cellular Biology IFC:  Molecular Basis of Microbiology and Immunology
    • Three 1-s.h. courses in Scientific Communication, Scientific Integrity, and Bioethics and Statistics.

Students can choose from the following integrated bioscience courses:

    • Cancer Biology
    • Cell Structure and Function
    • Host-Pathogen Interactions
    • Molecular Approaches to Research
    • Principles of Development
    • Principles of Genetics
    • Principles of Organ Pathology
    • Principles of Pharmacology
    • Principles of Physiology
    • Proteins and Enzymes

In addition, the master’s program requires two graduate-level neuroscience courses, research credit, and Master’s Thesis credits. 

Internship: No internship is required.

Language Examination: No language examination is required.

Culminating Events:

Thesis Proposal:

A written proposal is submitted for review.  Approval is sought from the thesis advisor, the Graduate Program Chair, and the reader assigned by the Graduate Program Chair.


Upon approval of the written document, the thesis is defended in a scheduled oral presentation in compliance with the University's standards.

Program Contact Information:

www.temple.edu/medicine/. . . /neuroscience.htm

Department Information:

Dept. of Neuroscience
Temple University School of Medicine

1900 N. 12th Street, Room 203

Philadelphia, PA  19122


Department Contacts:


Rosalynn H. Heth


Program Coordinator:

Rosalynn H. Heth


Graduate Program Chairperson:

Jay Rappaport, Ph.D.


Department Chairperson:

Kamel Khalili, Ph.D.

About the Program

The Department of Neuroscience at the Temple University School of Medicine is committed to fostering the critical inquiry of our students into areas of medicine and science.  The curriculum supports an interdisciplinary approach to research training, providing new pathways for learning and discovery. Under this program, students have the opportunity to work on cutting-edge research projects directed toward the treatment and/or cure of HIV/AIDS, as well as neurological disorders and neurodegenerative diseases, including Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and brain tumors. World-renowned scientists supervise this academic program.

The M.S. program in Biomedical Neuroscience focuses on laboratory research. This program prepares students for careers in either academia or the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industries.  This is a terminal master’s degree and is not designed to be transitioned into the Biomedical Neuroscience Ph.D. program.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 3 years

Campus Location:

Health Sciences, Main

Full-Time/Part-Time Status:

Full-time study is required.

Department Information:

Dept. of Neuroscience
Temple University School of Medicine

1900 N. 12th Street, Room 203

Philadelphia, PA  19122


Interdisciplinary Study:

The program encourages interdisciplinary coursework and research among faculty and students with interest in Neuroscience, Microbiology, Immunology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Cancer Biology, Psychology, and Engineering. Interaction with clinical divisions within the School of Medicine is also encouraged to foster translational research and bench-to-bedside discoveries and advances. Each student is mentored on a one-to-one basis by a Graduate Faculty member.  Faculty co-mentors also are assigned to foster an expanded interdisciplinary experience and to bolster mentoring by junior faculty members. Additional mentors include more senior graduate students and post-doctoral trainees. This multi-level mentoring approach is designed to provide a supportive network to maximally benefit each student.  In addition, our students have the opportunity to train with renowned scientists from around the world, as well as many supporting faculty representing a wide array of other fields in the School of Medicine.


Not applicable.

Study Abroad:



Not applicable.


Not applicable.

Areas of Specialization:

Research in Biomedical Neuroscience is laboratory-based.

Job Placement:

The program is designed to prepare M.S. students for careers as staff scientists in industry.


Not applicable.

Non-Degree Student Policy:

Courses are restricted to matriculated students.

Financing Opportunities

Successful candidates will be supported by research assistantships, teaching assistantships, training grants, research grants, or internal funding.

Updated 3.1.07