Master’s Program

Lin Lin and Zhen Yan, PhD

Master’s students are assigned an academic adviser who assists the student in tailoring a course curriculum. Pictured are master’s student Lin Lin (left), and Zhen Yan, PhD, professor of physiology and biophysics.

Our program offers studies in cell biology, advanced neuroscience, topics in neuroscience, advanced statistics and neuroanatomy research.

The Master’s of Science in neuroscience is generally a three-or four-semester program requiring completion of 30 credits.

This includes core neuroscience courses (NRS 520, 524, 601, and 602) recommended neuroscience electives (e.g. BE 500, BIO 506, BIO 517, BIO 518, PSY 513, PSY 751) plus additional elective graduate courses (e.g. BCH 503, BCH 512, BMS 501, PGY 505). Altogether, this will add up to 20 didactic credits. The remaining credits can be additional didactic graduate courses or research courses. 

Entering MS students are assigned an academic adviser who will assist the student in tailoring a course curriculum. 

Students are also encouraged to register for research rotation (NRS 560) in their first semester. This will enable them to select a laboratory and mentor and begin their thesis research before the beginning of their second semester. 

Students should apply to candidacy before the beginning of their third semester. They are required to form at least a two-person committee, in addition to their mentor. 

Other requirements: Grade of B or higher on all required courses, GPA above 3.0. 

For more information please view the Graduate School Policies and Procedures Manual which contains details relating to: admissions, registration, grading, student records, degree requirements, and academic integrity.

The following lists show required courses for the MS Program in Neuroscience and a sample schedule of coursework for three semesters.

Core MA Courses



Suggested Electives:

Sample Three Semester Schedule

Semester 1

Selection of thesis adviser  

Semester 2

Summer — advancement to candidacy

Semester 3

Financial Assistance

Domestic master’s students do not qualify for departmental stipends or scholarships. However, they can apply for some assistance through federal loans or grants (FAFSA). Some students may also qualify for assistance through their advisers.

Highly qualified underrepresented minority candidates 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.

How to Apply

  1. Prospective Neuroscience MS students must submit an application through UB’s online gradmit application.
  2. Upload required materials through the online application:
    1. Official college transcripts.
    2. Three letters of recommendation: Provide email contact information for 3 recommenders. Instructions on how recommenders can upload a letter will be sent to the email provided.  
    3. The application fee is $85. You may pay the fee when you apply online or pay it separately here

Send: Official GRE scores (Institution Code 2925)
         Official TOEFL scores (International applicants only — Institution Code 2925)

Applications for the master’s program must be completed and supporting documentation must be received by April 30. 

You can also find all relevant information for applications at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences website. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions!

International Students

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: 

Neuroscience Program
University at Buffalo
655 Biomedical Research Building
Buffalo NY 14214

Contact Us

Director of Graduate Studies, Biophysics

Slaughter, Malcolm

560 Biomedical Research Building Buffalo, NY 14214

Phone: (716) 829-3240


Graduate Student Coordinator

Kara Rickicki

Graduate Programs Coordinator

Physiology and Biophysics

955 Main Street, Room 3102C, Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: (716) 829-2417