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Neuroscience, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #47 (BCR) Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Neuroscience is the study of the structure and function of the nervous system.  The overall objective of the Department of Neuroscience Master’s Degree program is to provide additional laboratory research and academic training to students.


Students are admitted based on evidence of intellectual talent, a strong interest in neuroscience, and a commitment to scholarship and research.  The department can accommodate up to six new master’s degree students each year.  All applicants must be sponsored by a Department of Neuroscience faculty (or affiliated faculty) member before submitting their application. 

The master's degree training program of the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh has been designed to:

  • 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

Courses include:

  • Systems Neurobiology
  • Neurobiology
  • Synaptic Transmission
  • Molecular Neurobiology

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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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.  
  • 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.  
  • After an initial screening, applicants may be evaluated by a personal interview. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    24666 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24666 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    24666 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24666 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    13198 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13198 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Pittsburgh

  • 1148 - 1950 USD/month
    Living Costs

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