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Neuroscience Program

The Neuroscience program involves Faculty from the Departments of Biological Sciences, Health Sciences, and Psychology at Kent State University, as well as the departments of Anatomy & Neurobiology, Integrative Medical Sciences, and Pharmceutical Sciences at the Northeastern Ohio Medical University. Our Neuroscience Program of study provides a balance of classroom and laboratory experiences. All students must complete core courses in Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience, Systems Neuroscience, Statistics, and the Responsible Conduct of Research. However, in order to tailor to specific training needs and interests, students are also able to select their own set of electives in consultation with their guidance committees. A close working relationship between faculty and students in the Neuroscience Program is strongly encouraged, and multidisciplinary approaches to research and theoretical problems are emphasized and modeled through extensive collaborative relationships among the faculty.


The M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs in neuroscience require a minimum 3.0 undergraduate/graduate GPA, scores from the GRE general test, three letters of recommendation, and a personal statement indicating the applicant's interests in neuroscience and career goals.  A Masters degree is not required for admission to the Ph.D. program.  International applicants from non-English speaking countries must score a 100 on the internet-based TOEFL, 600 on the paper-based TOEFL, or 7 on the IELTS.  Conditional admission can be give if English proficiency is below these levels but applicants will have to take English as a Second Language courses prior to beginning study.  Before beginning the program, an applicant is required to have completed a bachelor's degree with preparation adequate to take graduate coursework in neuroscience, including sufficient undergraduate coursework in chemistry, math, biology, psychology and/or neuroscience.  Applicants for the Ph.D. degree are preferred over the M.S. degree, given applications of roughly equivalent merit.

There are no minimum cutoff scores for the GRE exam, however, the GRE is considered as part of the admissions decision.  Over the past several years, average scores of accepted students on the GRE have been above the 60th percentiles on both the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE.


What our graduates are saying about us

sheakley"The curriculum, laboratory training, and scientific interactions I experienced during my graduate training prepared me well for a career in academic research...I definitely recommend this program to anyone with a serious interest in biomedical science."

Maria Wildroudt-Sheakley, Ph.D. '05
Associate Professor of Physiology,
Ross University School of Medicine