Do you offer a terminal Master’s degree?”
No, we do not. However the CLA Neuroscience Program offers a two-year MS in Neuroscience: Systems, Behavior and Plasticity for students interested in Cognitive Neuroscience, Behavioral Neuroscience, and Motor Neuroscience.

I’m interested in neuropsychology (e.g. assessment of individuals with brain lesions). Should I apply to your program?”
The BCS area does not specialize in neuropsychology so it would be best to apply elsewhere.

“What is the difference between the Brain and Cognitive Sciences Area of the Psychology Department, the Neuroscience program through CLA, and the Neuroscience Department through Temple’s medical school?”
The Department of Neuroscience at Temple University Medical School specializes in four interdisciplinary research areas: neurodegeneration, neuroinfection, neuroinflammation and neuromalignancy. Students with specific interests in those areas of research should contact the Department of Neuroscience in the School of Medicine. The Brain and Cognitive Sciences Area of the Psychology Department has several faculty with research programs in neuroscience areas. Graduate Students in the Brain and Cognitive Sciences Area of the Psychology Department will receive a Ph.D. in Psychology upon successful completion of degree requirements. The Program in Neuroscience in the College of Liberal Arts offers a Specialization in Neuroscience that is open to all graduate students in any department/college of Temple University. Upon successful completion of program requirements, students’ transcripts reflect a Ph.D. in their home department and in Neuroscience. For example, a psychology graduate student that completes the Specialization will receive a Ph.D. in Psychology and Neuroscience.

Questions about applying to the program

“Do I need to take the psychology GRE to apply?”

“Can I apply even if my general GRE scores are below the specified minimum?”

We require verbal and quantitative GRE scores. On the new GRE, the minimum scores are 153 verbal, 151 quantitative, and 305 total.  On the old GRE, the minimum scores are 500 verbal, 650 quantitative, and 1150 total GRE.  The GRE Subject Exam in Psychology is optional. Please have your GRE scores sent to Temple University electronically by ETS; our code is 2906. Applicants with GRE scores below these minima, but who can provide other evidence of strong academic credentials, will be seriously considered. We accept GRE scores up to five years after the test was taken. Applicants with GRE scores older than 5 years should re-take the test

Do I need to have an undergraduate major in psychology or neuroscience to apply to your program?”
No, although you must have taken coursework in these areas.

“Can I apply to your program if I already have a master’s degree from somewhere else?”

“Will my graduate credits from another program transfer?”
Sometimes yes, sometimes no. We evaluate this on a case-by-case system.

“I applied to your program. How do I know if I was granted an interview?”
You will be contacted no later than March 1 by email or telephone if you were granted an interview.

“My interests span BCS, Developmental, and Clinical areas. To which area should I apply?”
You should contact individual faculty members to seek their advice.

“I am interested in the Decision Neuroscience Program. Should I apply through Psychology?”

The program is currently being coordinated through the Fox School of Business at Temple. Please click here for more information.

You should contact individual faculty members to seek their advice.

“Should I contact individual BCS faculty members to see if my research interests fit into their research program, or to see if they are taking students?”