Master of Science in Neuroscience

An Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Brain Science

The Integrative Neuroscience M.S. at the University of Nevada, Reno is a training track within the Graduate Neuroscience Program.

This interdisciplinary program involves nearly 50 faculty members across multiple departments and colleges, focusing on training students in basic and clinical neuroscience while bridging multiple perspectives and approaches.

The master’s degree is designed to expose students to diverse disciplines and techniques that are central to the modern study of the sciences including: genetic, molecular and cellular mechanisms as well as systems, cognitive neuroscience and behavior.

Students will gain exposure to core principles and knowledge, spanning a wide range of domains while helping to develop the knowledge and research skills necessary for competitive positions in academics, industry and for advanced graduate training.

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  • Agriculture, Nutrition & Veterinary Science
College of Engineering
  • Electrical & Biomedical Engineering
  • Computer Science
College of Liberal Arts
  • Psychology
  • Philosophy
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  • Biology
  • Mathematics
School of Medicine
  • Physiology & Cell Biology
  • Pharmacology
  • Microbiology & Immunology
  • Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Integrative Neuroscience Program Philosophy

Neuroscience impacts and draws from many different disciplines and is widely recognized as one of the most important areas of basic, clinical and applied science.

The Integrative Neuroscience program introduces students to alternative approaches and areas of expertise, revealing a broader spectrum of modern brain sciences.

The goal is to teach students to bridge multiple perspectives and techniques, so that they may apply these new techniques and knowledge to their own research. The program is designed to provide core foundations while being flexible and allowing students to tailor the program to their own unique goals and interests.


Neuroscience Graduate Degree Objectives

The learning objectives of the master's program include:

  1. Foundational knowledge of core concepts and methods in neuroscience
  2. Training in effectively identifying, designing, and conducting independent research in the field
  3. Professional and career development skills including communication, teaching, grant writing and ethics

Breaking Down the M.S. in Neuroscience

As a student in the master's program, you will learn the following skills tied to our program objectives:

  • Competence with various theoretical perspectives and major findings of neuroscience research
  • Exposure to different specializations and methodologies within the field
  • The ability to critically evaluate current research in the field and identify important unanswered questions for future study
  • Ability to design and conduct research with an effective use of technological resources and appropriate statistical analyses
  • Effective teaching and professional communication and grant-writing skills
  • Application of ethical practices in research and professional conduct

Curriculum and Requirements of the Master's Program

Students will complete a set of core courses as well as a variety of electives chosen from graduate courses in biology, computer science, electrical and biomedical engineering, microbiology and immunology, pharmacology, philosophy, psychiatry, psychology, physiology, veterinary science, and more.

The curriculum is individually tailored to meet each student’s research interests and professional goals. The program also focuses on developing research and professional skills in grant writing, teaching, and communication.

Students accepted into the neuroscience masters program will complete a total of 30 credits with a minimum 3.0 G.P.A. in a targeted timeframe of four years. Students will normally complete and defend a masters thesis based on an independent research project by the end of the second year.

M.S. Course Requirements

  • Neurobiology
  • Advanced psychophysiology
  • Statistics
  • Computing or bioinformatics options
  • Ethics and scientific research
  • Electives
  • Credits towards:
    • Journal club/research presentations
    • First year project
    • Thesis research

Program Electives

  • Computer applications
  • Comparative sensory neuroscience
  • Perception
  • Memory
  • Cognitive neuroscience
  • Neuropsychology
  • Molecular cell biology
  • Molecular genetics
  • Functional genomics
  • Introduction to bioinformatics
  • Genes, brain and behavior
  • Principals of animal behavior
  • Genomic conflict, epigenetics
  • Developmental biology
  • Current topics in cell and molecular biology
  • Advanced cellular biology
  • Molecular pharmacology

Master's Degree Timeline

Year 1

1st Semester
  • Neurobiology
  • Advanced psychophysiology
  • Journal club
  • Elective
2nd Semester
  • Computing or bioinformatics
  • Elective
  • Journal club
  • Elective

Year 2

1st Semester
  • Statistics
  • Journal club
  • Thesis research
2nd Semester
  • Ethics and scientific research
  • Journal club
  • Thesis research

Career Options with a Master's Degree in Neuroscience

Neuroscience graduates have access to a wide range of careers. The Masters Program trains students for positions in academics, industry or for advanced training leading to a doctoral degree. Career opportunities in the private and public sector include:

  • Pharmaceutical and biotech companies
  • Venture capital firms
  • Scientific consulting firms
  • Medical and scientific journals
  • Law firms dealing in intellectual property
  • Science-focused nonprofit organizations and foundations
  • Government agencies
  • K–12 schools

Application Process

Applying to the Integrative Neuroscience Graduate Program is straightforward. You’ll need to submit the graduate school requirements and our program specific requirements with your online application.

Start your application process through The Graduate School



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Address University of Nevada, Reno
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