Our graduate offerings include an MS in neuroscience and a PhD specialization.

Academic Offerings at a Glance

MS in Neuroscience

Our MS in Neuroscience: Systems, Behavior and Plasticity provides highly advanced training and faculty-mentored research in a rapidly evolving field with practical applications in careers ranging from health care to public policy and economics.

This innovative program was developed by top faculty from the Departments of Psychology, Physical Therapy, and Kinesiology, to help qualified students gain core expertise in specific areas of neuroscience — including molecular, cellular, systems and behavioral neuroscience.

Programs of Study

There are three areas of study in the master’s program:

  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Motor Neuroscience and Rehabilitation

Master’s Project

Students are required to work on a master’s project for both semesters in the second year. Depending upon their career goals, students may opt to engage either in a laboratory-based research project or in a non-laboratory project. Those students who are motivated to join doctoral programs or are interested in research positions will likely gain by working independently on a neuroscientific investigation under the supervision of a faculty member that maintains an active neuroscience research program. The purpose of the project will be to not only train students in specific neuroscientific techniques, but also to train students to develop scientific and analytical approach towards a problem, formulate clear research questions, conduct experiment, and analyze/interpret data.

On the other hand, students who are not intending bench-level research upon graduation and are interested in non-research jobs (such as teaching, counseling, research administration, public policy etc.), may get engaged in a non-laboratory project of a similar scope. This may include activities such as conducting a literature review on a topic and presenting it to the audience, drafting a scope of work for a grant funding agency, or preparing a consulting proposal for a prospective client.

Careers

Because the brain is involved in every important human endeavor, an understanding of the brain and its functions opens career paths in multiple fields including medicine, psychology, law, engineering, education and public policy. Master’s-level education in neuroscience will provide students with a wide range of career options including teacher/lecturer, research and teaching administrator, research associate at academic research institutes or private industries, biostatistician, medical or science writer, clinical data manager, public health administrator, environmental health safety officer, counselor, regulatory affairs specialist, and public policy strategist.

Admissions Process

All MS applicants must meet the requirements for admission listed below. The application deadline was May 1, 2017.

Please visit the Neuroscience Graduate Admissions page to learn more about graduate program requirements, dates and deadlines and instructions on how to apply.

PhD Specialization in Neuroscience

The Specialization in Neuroscience is for PhD students interested in studying neuroscience. It is open to any graduate student enrolled in a PhD program at Temple. Graduate students are admitted to the program after they have been accepted into a Temple PhD program. Upon successful completion of their departmental and neuroscience specialization requirements (see below), students receive a PhD degree in the discipline represented by their department with a specialization in neuroscience. To receive a Specialization in Neuroscience a student must fulfill the following requirements:

Please visit the Neuroscience Graduate Admissions page to learn more about graduate program requirements, dates and deadlines and instructions on how to apply.

Contact

Student Services Specialist, Neuroscience Program
Sarah Mclaughlin
638 Weiss Hall
1701 N 13th Street Philadelphia, PA 19122
Phone: (215) 204-3441
Email: Neuro@temple.edu

Director:
Vinay Parikh
Weiss Hall
(215) 204-1572
vinay.parikh@temple.edu


Associate Director, Master’s Program in Neuroscience:
Debra Bangasser
873 Weiss Hall
(215) 204-1015
debra.bangasser@temple.edu


Student Services Specialist:
Sarah McLaughlin
638 Weiss Hall
(215) 204-3441
smclaughlin@temple.edu