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, including a minimum of 20 didactic credits plus 10 research credits.

The core, required neuroscience courses are NRS 520, 524, 601 and 602 and PMY 516. This comprises 13 of the 20 required didactic credits. Suggested neuroscience electives include BE 500, BIO 506, BIO 517, BIO 518, PGY 505, PSY 513, PSY 751. Entering master’s 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 may also elect to take NRS 523 to develop familiarity in basic laboratory techniques. After the first semester, students can register for research credits with their selected mentor.

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, overall 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 master’s program in neuroscience and a sample schedule of coursework for three semesters.

Core MA Courses



Suggested Electives:

Sample Three Semester Schedule

Semester 1

One of these three:

And each of these:

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 (see 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 master’s students must submit an application through UB’s online gradmit application.
  2. Upload required materials through the online application:
    • Official college transcripts.
    • 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.  
    • The application fee is $85. You may pay the fee when you apply online or pay it separately

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 on the master’s application information page. 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

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Lisa Zander.

Lisa Zander

Assistant Director of Academic Administration

955 Main Street, Room 6134, Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: (716) 881-7507