Neuroscience Graduate Programs

Neuroscience—MS

The purpose of this MS degree program is to obtain a sound understanding of current concepts in neuroscience. The thesis research project teaches the fundamentals of scientific inquiry and trains students in state-of-the-art research techniques. As part of this preparation for independent research, students are expected to publish their research findings in peer-reviewed journals.

Admission and Entry

In addition to general graduate requirements, applicants should have a strong background in neuroscience. Admission Requirements:

Required Tests

GRE, MCAT, or DAT

Additional Requirements

Resume

Document summarizing interest level, likely fit, and desire to conduct graduate research with at least 5 specific faculty members in the program

 

Requirements for Degree

  • Credit Hours (30): minimum 24 approved course work hours plus 6 thesis hours (Neuro 699R).
  • Required courses: Bio 503 (1 hour); Neuro 601 (3 hours), 649R (2 hours), 694R (2 hours), 696R (2 hours); Stat 511 or equivalent (3 hours).
  • A seminar must be presented each year (PDBio694R)
  • Thesis: standard university thesis format or journal publication format.
  • Examinations: (A) course work oral examination; (B) oral defense of thesis.

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Neuroscience—PhD

Course work and research that emphasize the integration of molecular biology, developmental biology, biophysics, neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neuroendocrinology, neuroimmunology, cognition, and behavioral neuroscience are offered through this PhD degree program. Students are required to develop a strong background in the principles of neuroscience and develop the intellectual background and technical expertise necessary for successful research projects in their area of specialization. As part of this preparation for independent research, students are expected to publish their research findings in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Admission and Entry

Admission Requirements:

Required Tests

GRE

Additional Requirements

Resume

Document summarizing interest level, likely fit, and desire to conduct graduate research with at least 5 specific faculty members in the program.

 

Requirements for Degree

  • Credit hours: 54 hours, including 18 hours of dissertation (Neuro 799R).
  • Students who have earned a master's degree must complete at least 36 semester hours of additional graduate work at BYU beyond the master's degree.

  • Required courses: Bio 503 (1 hour); Neuro 601 (3 hours), 649R (2 hours), 694R (4 hours), 696R (4 hours); Stat 511 (3 hours). One semester (2 credits) of Neuro 649R must be performed in a laboratory different than the laboratory of the student's graduate committee chair.

  • A seminar must be presented each year (PDBio 694R).
  • A professional development requirement must be met (PDBio 689R).
  • Dissertation: standard university dissertation format or journal publication format.
  • Examinations: (A) comprehensive written and oral examination; (B) defense of dissertation.

 

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