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 five core courses and suggested electives (from which you must choose at least one) 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.
These 5 courses are required:
In addition to the required courses, you need to take at least one elective (3-4 credits) from the lists below to satisfy degree requirements.
One of these:
And all of these:
Requirement: Selection of thesis adviser
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 be encouraged to register for a research rotation (NRS 560) 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 and 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 TOEFL or IELTS 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: