University of Pittsburgh

24 months
39898 USD/year
39898 USD/year
23530 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The program in Neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh is the study of the structure and function of the nervous system. 


The overall objective of the Department of Neuroscience Master’s Degree program from the University of Pittsburgh is to provide additional laboratory research and academic training to students who have completed an undergraduate major in neuroscience or a closely related scientific area, and wish to extend their studies before moving on to other post-graduate training or professional employment.  

Areas of concentration include neuroplasticity, synaptic transmission, homeostatic regulatory systems, biological bases of neuropsychiatric disorders, cognitive neuroscience, and developmental neuroscience.

Learning Outcomes

  • develop an introductory level of competence in conducting laboratory research
  • develop general competence in neuroscience and more in-depth knowledge of one or more sub areas of neuroscience
  • develop a general professional competence in oral and written expression and in the critical analysis of primary scientific articles.

Programme Structure

  • Students must be actively involved in full-time laboratory research during each term they are enrolled. A minimum of four terms of laboratory research is required for a master's degree (fall and spring terms plus two summers is more typical). 
  • This research must make progress toward addressing a relevant hypothesis, must be written as a master's thesis in the form of a manuscript submitted for publication, and must be presented in a public seminar and defended to the student’s Research Committee.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Decisions regarding admission to our master’s degree program consider the candidate's statement of interest and goals in the field of neuroscience, past research experience, letters of recommendation, test scores, and grades.  
  • An outstanding record in one of these areas may compensate for poorer performance in another area. In general, successful applicants have a BS degree in neuroscience or related discipline (e.g. (biology, chemistry, psychology) with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.4 (on a 4.0 scale), and a cumulative Graduate Record Examination score of at least 160 verbal, 150 quantitative and a 4.5 in analytical writing.  

Tuition Fee

  • International

    39898 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 39898 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    39898 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 39898 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    23530 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 23530 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.


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