Neuroscience 5-Year Master’s Program (4+1)

Program Description 4+1

The 4+1 Master in Neuroscience Program offers outstanding Temple University Neuroscience majors the opportunity to earn both the Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and the Master of Science in Neuroscience in just 5 years. Admission to the program is highly selective.  The program is designed to provide a research-intensive experience, advanced coursework, and professional development to students who intend to pursue doctoral studies in any of the academic Neuroscience disciplines.

The accelerated 4+1 MS degree program will consist of a maximum of 113 semester hours of undergraduate coursework, a maximum of 10 semester hours of graduate coursework to count towards both the undergraduate and the graduate degrees and an additional 20 semester hours of graduate coursework as a graduate student. Upon successful completion of the fourth year, students will receive a B.S. in Neuroscience, using 10 credits of graduate coursework, if they have met all other degree requirements.  At the end of the contiguous fifth year, students will receive a M.S. in Neuroscience.

Students apply to the 4+1 program in the spring semester of the junior year after completing a minimum of 72 undergraduate credits. Additionally, students must have a faculty sponsor who has agreed to mentor the student’s master’s project research during the four-semester program.

Admission Requirements

  • Neuroscience GPA 3.67
  • Overall GPA 3.67
  • A mentorship agreement from the faculty sponsor


Applications are due April 1, 2017.

Student Application Materials

Assemble and submit the following materials as email attachments to

All materials must be submitted in a single email.

  • Unofficial undergraduate transcripts
  • 4+1 Application Form (download)
  • Signed Faculty Sponsor Agreement (download)
  • A personal statement describing the reasons for pursuing a master’s degree, current research interests, research experience, and future career goals

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation from Temple University faculty are required. At least one letter must be from a faculty member affiliated with the CLA Neuroscience Program. Please request that faculty recommenders submit the letter as an email attachment to, with the applicant’s full name in the subject line.

4+1 Program Contact Information

Program Directors

Vinay Parikh, Ph.D.
Weiss Hall
1701 North 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Office Phone: 215-204-1572

Debra Bangasser, Ph.D.
873 Weiss Hall
1701 North 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Office Phone: 215-204-1015

Academic Advisor

Sarah Mclaughlin
638 Weiss Hall Room
1701 N 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Office Phone: 215-204-3441