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What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

Full-time students can complete the program in five years.

Where will I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Application Timeline View Admissions Requirements

Students may start the program in Fall, Spring or Summer.


Neuroscience, B.S./M.S.

The Georgia State University Neuroscience Institute offers a combined bachelor of science and master of science degree in neuroscience, allowing students to save a year of time and tuition as compared to pursuing the degrees separately.

This five-year program is for neuroscience undergraduates who are deeply interested in the field and seeking to gain research experience as they prepare for graduate or professional school, or for students looking for additional education in neuroscience to leverage for biomedical-based careers.

The first three years match our B.S. in Neuroscience program, with the fourth and fifth years including additional M.S.-level course requirements and research experiences. Students must also produce a thesis or non-thesis project, which is developed in collaboration with a faculty research mentor.

Program Highlights
  • First-rate city for neuroscience
    Atlanta has a thriving neuroscience community and a very active chapter of the Society for Neuroscience. In addition to the extensive neuroscience research occurring at Georgia State, there are opportunities for collaboration with researchers at Emory University, Georgia Tech, Morehouse School of Medicine and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Training state-of-the-art research centers and facilities
    In addition to laboratories within the Petit Science Center and Natural Science Center, there are numerous centers associated with the Neuroscience Institute.  For a list of research resources, see the Neuroscience Research page.
  • Exceptional number of science education and outreach programs
    Students have the opportunity to participate in rewarding programs aimed at increasing scientific literacy and brain awareness in the community, including K-12 students.

Program Details

Incoming bachelor’s students will apply through Georgia State Undergraduate Admissions. After acceptance to Georgia State, students interested in a dual degree program should discuss the requirements for eligibility with the Dual Degree program coordinator at the start of their sophomore year.

If you’re a senior in high school or if you graduated from high school within the last two years, you’ll apply to begin your bachelor’s degree program using Georgia State’s Common Application.

Find out more about applying.

International students: International applicants are those students who are in the U.S. on a non-immigrant visa (B-1, H-1, J-1, etc.), students who are living outside the U.S. and who will require an F-1 visa to study in the United States, students who are in the process of applying for Permanent Residency status, but have not yet received the Permanent Residency card or students who have been educated outside the U.S.

Learn more about the application process.

Transfer students: If you’re already in college but need a change, transferring to Georgia State can provide you with the opportunities you need to succeed — in school and after graduation.

Learn more about transferring to Georgia State.

Dual-Degree Program Eligibility

The Dual B.S./M.S. Program in Neuroscience is available to all undergraduate Neuroscience majors who maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5. Students may apply at any time once they have taken between 30-80 credit hours.

Email [email protected] to discuss eligibility. If eligible, you’ll be provided the dual-degree program electronic application to fill out. Decisions are typically emailed within 10 business days.

Students accepted into dual undergraduate/graduate programs must work with the program graduate director each term to develop a plan for taking graduate courses during their senior year (or earlier for specific programs) degree program while still completing their final year of bachelor’s work.

Acceptance into the dual degree program does not constitute admission to the graduate degree program. Admission to the graduate program occurs in the senior year of undergraduate study and is contingent upon 1) successful completion of the bachelor’s degree, 2) maintaining the required program grade-point average, 3) performance in the graduate-level courses taken during the bachelor’s degree, and 4) meeting the other admission requirements of the specific program.

Students begin by progressing through the standard B.S. in Neuroscience requirements . In their fourth year, students enroll in graduate-level neuroscience electives that will count towards both their B.S. and their M.S. in Neuroscience.

After earning their B.S. in Neuroscience, students apply to the College of Arts and Sciences Graduate school. If accepted, students complete their M.S. in Neuroscience with a combination of graduate-level neuroscience core, elective and research ethics courses. In addition, students engage in research in a neuroscience lab, earning course credit, and working on a thesis or non-thesis project defined in conjunction with their research mentor.

For more details about neuroscience course offerings, go to the course catalog.

For more information about dual degree programs, go to the Dual Degree Programs Overview.

  • Students completing graduate coursework while an undergraduate will pay the undergraduate tuition rate.
  • Dual-degree students accepted into the M.S. program may receive Graduate Assistantships which come with tuition waivers for graduate program enrollment.
  • The M.S. application fee is waived.
  • Up to 12 credit hours can count toward completion of both the B.S. and M.S. degrees in neuroscience (double credits).

For general tuition information, check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

Our dual degree students graduate with competencies in knowledge of neuroscience, critical thinking and the application of scientific approaches to research, effective oral and written communication skills and engagement with the public. They are prepared for a wide range of jobs in research, teaching, government, clinical work and the private sector.

How to Register for Graduate Courses for Dual-Degree Program Students

  • Meet with your academic advisor to discuss your graduation plans and to review your reminding degree requirements. Click here for information about how to make an appointment with them.
  • Meet with your dual degree faculty coordinator or his/her designee to discuss your progression in the dual degree program and graduate course enrollment options. View available course offerings.
  • If you plan to take a graduate course in the next upcoming term, fill out the Graduate Course Approval Form and email it to [email protected].
  • Register for the graduate course once you receive an email confirming your authorization. Review your academic evaluation to see where the graduate course counts. If you have questions about where your graduate course is counting on your academic evaluation, email your concerns to [email protected].



An M.S. in neuroscience prepares students for careers in research, teaching, government, clinical work and the private sector.


Main Office

Neuroscience Institute
Petit Science Center
Room 880

100 Piedmont Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30303

Associate Director of Graduate Studies
Aras Petrulis
[email protected]

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Atlanta, GA 30303

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