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.

Students apply to the 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.

Students admitted to the program will complete 30 credits during the senior year, of which 9 credits are graduate courses. These 9 credits will count toward both the BS and MS degrees.  Each student will work with a faculty sponsor to develop and implement a master’s project.

On completion of the senior year, students receive the BS in Neuroscience, and then are formally admitted to the MS program in Neuroscience (with 9 graduate credits already completed).

During the fifth year, 4+1 students will complete 23 graduate credits, including courses in research methods, statistics, ethics, topical seminars, a professional development seminar series, and master’s project research.

Admission Requirements

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

Applications

Applications are due April 1, 2017.

Student Application Materials

Assemble and submit the following materials as email attachments to Neuro@Temple.edu.

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 Neuro@Temple.edu, 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
Email: parikh10@temple.edu

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

Academic Advisor

Sarah Mclaughlin
638 Weiss Hall Room
1701 N 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Office Phone: 215-204-3441
Email: smclaughlin@temple.edu