Prospective Graduate Students

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The curriculum is designed to expose all students to core concepts and methods in the first two years while allowing them to focus on research and training within specific sub-disciplines in subsequent years. Take a look at our Neuroscience Handbook for more details.

Credit Requirements

All students must complete the minimum required credits with a G.P.A. of 3.00 or higher.


For doctoral students, a qualifying exam will be administered at the end of the second year. You must pass this exam to advance to candidacy as a Ph.D. student. Students who fail the qualifying exam or otherwise wish to terminate their degree will be given the option of a non-thesis M.S. degree.

Graduate Advisory Committee

Master's Candidates
The advisory-examining committee consists of at least three members of the graduate faculty, two representing the area of specialization and one who is the Graduate School Representative. If a major/minor program is elected, there must be one committee member representing the major, one representing the minor, and one who is the Graduate School Representative.

Interdisciplinary/Interdepartmental Master's Candidates
The committee may consist entirely of faculty from that interdisciplinary/interdepartmental program provided that the role of the Graduate School Representative is filled by a graduate faculty member who holds an academic appointment in a department or program different from that of the chair of the committee.

Doctoral candidates
The advisory-examining committee consists of at least five graduate faculty members. In addition to the permanent advisor as chair, this committee is composed of two or more members from the major department, one or more from departments in related fields, and at least one member of the graduate faculty from outside the student’s major department or program who is the Graduate School Representative.