Graduate Training in Neuroscience

Neuroscience is a highly multidisciplinary field that encompasses basic, translational, and clinical research, from molecular and cellular neurobiology to cognitive and behavioral neuroscience. The harmonized neuroscience graduate training programs at the Center for Neural Science and the NYU School of Medicine embrace this inherent diversity as the foundation for a robust program that intersects with many basic and clinical departments throughout NYU.

Our joint program provides comprehensive training in neuroscience that positions our students to attain success and make significant contributions to the field. It combines a rigorous, intellectual program of study and research with an interactive, collegial sense of community. Up-to-date information about the program, including this year's admissions process, can be found here. Briefly:  

  • We have developed a unified, flexible curriculum that can be tailored to the needs of our students, who come to our program with a broad range of interests and from diverse educational backgrounds. Courses stress analysis and discussion of the primary literature and provide training in key skills necessary for a career in the biomedical sciences.
  • Students can choose from approximately 80 faculty mentors for their thesis research. Look through a complete list of our program's core and associate faculty trainers, which includes links to their individual or lab webpages.
  • From first year lab rotations through the qualifying exam and thesis defense, students receive regular guidance and mentoring from faculty and are evaluated at important milestones to ensure that they progress successfully through the program. Read more about mentoring and milestones for our graduate students.
  • In addition, students attend journal clubs, weekly student/postdoc research seminars, the weekly joint Neuroscience Colloquium, and additional annual community events, such as our spring retreat held in upstate New York.

The intellectual environment of the neuroscience program is enhanced by extensive interactions with other programs within the Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, the Medical Scientist Training Program, and the Psychology Cognition and Perception Program.

For a concise overview of the program, including its curriculum and participating training faculty, please download our brochure. Information about the similarities and differences between the Doctoral Program in Neural Science and the Graduate Program in Neuroscience & Physiology can be found here. You can also contact representatives of the graduate program listed here.