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Behavioral Neuroscience MS

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Behavioral neuroscience is represented by scientists with interests in the physiological and neural substrates of behavior. Our program’s mission is to produce outstanding scientists who will pursue careers in the field of neuroscience. We accomplish this mission by providing rigorous graduate course instruction and research training of the highest degree. Our philosophy is that this mission is best achieved by providing each student a firm academic foundation in both psychology and neuroscience curriculums, and by engaging students in systematic behavioral neuroscience research.

The Behavioral Neuroscience MS program prepares graduates through rigorous coursework and research training. In particular, courses provide foundational knowledge in behavioral neuroscience and neurobiology. In addition, advanced coursework in research design and statistical methodology equips graduates with the skills needed to collect, manage, and analyze research data.

The Behavioral Neuroscience program offers two options for earning an MS degree:

  • Plan I requires the completion of 30 semester hours of approved graduate work and 12 semester hours of research, with the presentation and defense of a thesis project based on the results of an original empirical research project.
  • Plan II requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of approved course work. The Plan II MS degree does not require participation in research activities or a formal thesis project. However, students often volunteer in research labs to gain insight into the scientific theory, open questions, and research techniques of the field.

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Use the online Graduate School application to apply to the Behavioral Neuroscience MS Program. Applications for entrance in the Fall semester close on July 1 and close on November 1 for the Spring semester.

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