Our program offers studies in cell biology, advanced neuroscience, topics in neuroscience, advanced statistics and neuroanatomy research.
The neuroscience master’s degree is a two-year (four-semester) program requiring completion of 30 credits. The required courses and suggested electives are listed below. Upon entering the master’s program, you will consult with the neuroscience program director, who will help tailor a curriculum that suits you best.
You will need to get a grade of B or higher on all required courses, and maintain an overall GPA above 3.0. Grades of B- or lower do not count toward the 30 credits required for graduation.
*In your first semester, you will register for NRS 560 (Research Rotations). Starting in your second semester, you should register for research credit under your home department's course number in your mentor's section. Some examples are PMY 751/752, BCH 701/702, and NEU 600. If your home department does not have such a course, the default is NRS 600. Contact the Graduate Program Coordinator or your department administrator with any questions.
All of these:
And one of these electives- this is not an exhaustive list!
Requirement: Selection of thesis advisor after rotation(s).
Summer requirement: Apply for full-time status if you are taking less than 12 research credits per semester for the duration of your program.
You will complete at least one research rotation in your first semester so that you will be ready to choose a laboratory and mentor before the start of your second semester. You may also elect to take NRS 523 to develop familiarity in basic laboratory techniques. After the first semester, you can register for research credits with your selected mentor.
In addition, you will form a committee from members of the Neuroscience Faculty, in addition to your mentor. These faculty will help guide you in your research project and provide you advice and networking opportunities as you move through the program.
For more information, please view the Graduate School Policy Library, which contains details relating to admissions, registration, grading, student records, degree requirements and academic integrity.
Domestic master’s students do not qualify for departmental stipends or scholarships. However, you can apply for some assistance through federal loans or grants (see FAFSA). You may also qualify for assistance through your advisers.
Highly qualified candidates from underrepresented backgrounds may be eligible for assistance through the Arthur A. Schomburg Fellowship.
International students are not eligible for financial aid and must document ability to pay all of their costs.
You can apply online. You'll need to submit scanned copies of all required supporting documents before your application will be reviewed. You may save and edit your application as you go.
Official documents will be required if you are offered admission.
Once your application is ready, you must formally submit it to upload your documents.
You may log in at any time to check your status.
The online checklist is your best source about the status of your application during the review process; please check it frequently.
You will receive an email when your admission decision is available in the portal.
If you are applying from outside the United States, apply as early as possible to ensure time for application and visa processing. Regardless of your program’s deadline, it is recommended that you apply at least 6-9 months prior to the term start date (depending on your country of origin). Check with your program’s application coordinator for specific guidelines.
The following credentials are required for application consideration:
International applicants must present a valid English Language Proficiency test score. It is university policy that test dates be no older than two years when students enter a program.
Applications for the master’s program must be completed and supporting documentation must be received by April 1.
Applications are reviewed monthly to ensure timely acceptance into the program.
Once you submit your application online for formal review, you will be provided with a link to our online payment system, where you can pay the application fee.
Please visit the International Student Services website if you have any questions regarding immigration status.
If you do not have access to the technology to be able to upload a copy of your transcripts or any additional application materials on your application, please send them to:
Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
955 Main Street, Suite 3102
Buffalo, NY 14203
For questions about applying to the neuroscience MS program, contact: