3320 Neuroscience

Programs Offered:

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience
    • Concentration in Neuroethics
  • Dual B.S./M.S. Program in Neuroscience

Neuroscience Institute
Georgia State University
P.O. Box 5030
Atlanta, Georgia 30302-5030
404/413-5387
neuroscience.gsu.edu

Geert de Vries, Director
Charles Derby, Graduate Director

The Neuroscience Institute admits students into a program leading to the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree. A Master of Science is earned en route to the Neuroscience Ph.D. degree. The Neuroscience Institute is affiliated with multiple departments and emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to graduate training. Using state of the art facilities and equipment, Neuroscience Institute faculty are actively engaged in basic research that ranges from molecular, cellular and computational to behavioral. For more specific details about the Neuroscience Institute and for all application materials, please visit the following website: neuroscience.gsu.edu.

Admission Deadlines

Applications are considered for admission in the fall semester. The Application for Graduate Study, application fee, and all supporting materials (transcripts, GRE scores, letters, and Supplementary Form for Graduate Study in Neuroscience) must be received by Jan 5.

Additional Admission Requirements

In addition to the general requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Neuroscience Institute has the following additional requirements:

  1. A strong record of coursework and/or experience in a discipline related to the Neurosciences.
  2. Strong performance on the Graduate Record Examination.
  3. Students with prior laboratory experience relevant to the Neurosciences will be viewed favorably.

Degree Requirements

Master of Science (36 hours)

A Master of Science is earned en route to the Neuroscience Ph.D. degree. A minimum of 36 hours of graduate coursework is required for the Master of Science Degree in Neuroscience. To satisfy the minimum requirements for the degree, the student must complete successfully:

  1. A minimum of 28 hours of graduate classroom coursework, which must include:
    1. Neuroscience core courses (11 hours).
    2. Neuroscience electives (3-4 hours).
    3. Statistics core course (3 hours).
    4. Introduction to Graduate Studies core courses (4 hours).
    5. Topics, Concepts and Seminar courses (7-8 hours).
  2. 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.
  3. A qualifying exam.

Students admitted for graduate study that have already taken relevant graduate classes or who are in possession of a graduate degree may be accorded advanced standing after an evaluation of previous graduate work.  This evaluation would normally be conducted by the Director of Graduate Studies before entry into the program or at the very latest during the first semester of enrollment.

Doctor of Philosophy (90 hours)

A minimum of 90 hours of graduate credit is required for the Ph.D. degree in Neuroscience. To satisfy the minimum requirements for the degree, the student must complete successfully:

  1. The Master of Science in Neuroscience (36 hours).
  2. 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.
  3. A dissertation proposal.
  4. A dissertation.
  5. A final oral presentation, directed primarily to the defense of the dissertation.

Concentration in Neuroethics

Students in the Neuroscience Ph.D. program can earn a concentration in Neurothics. This interdisciplinary field considers how ethical theories inform neuroscientific practice and how neuroscientific discoveries inform ethical theorizing.  Neuroethics PhD students must satisfy all requirements described above for the Ph.D. degree in Neuroscience plus take 12 hours of coursework in Neuroethics to satisfy the concentration, and receive a grade of B or better in each of these courses.

  • Neuroethics (PHIL 6780/NEUR 6530, 3 credits) is required for the concentration.
  • One course on the elective list for the concentration (any with Neur 6000-level numbers) may be used to satisfy the Neuroscience Elective requirement as described in 1b. above.
  • One course on the elective list for the concentration (any with Neur 8000-level numbers) may be used to satisfy 3 of the required 7-8 hours of the topics/concepts/seminar requirement as described in 1e. above.
  • The additional 6 hours in Neuroethics courses can be taken in lieu of additional credit hours in research (NEUR 9910) or directed readings (NEUR 9920) that current Neuroscience doctoral students currently take in excess of the minimum 54 credit hours required for the PhD.

Dual B.S./M.S. Program in Neuroscience

The institute offers a dual Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Neuroscience. The dual degree opportunity enables qualified students to enroll in graduate courses late in their undergraduate program and apply the coursework toward both the bachelor’s and master’s programs.

Students must be formally accepted into the dual degree program by the institute and College of Arts and Sciences to be able to take graduate courses as an undergraduate. Additionally, acceptance into the dual program does not constitute admission to the master’s program. Students must fulfill regular graduate admissions requirements and apply for the master’s program following college processes.

Information about the dual program, including application instructions and program requirements, can be found at cas.gsu.edu/dual-degrees/.