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How long will it take?

A minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate coursework must be completed.

Where will I take classes?

Application Timeline View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: April 1
  • Spring: October 1
  • Summer: Does not admit

Neuroscience, M.S.

Aras Petrulis, Associate Director of Graduate Studies
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 404-413-6290

Our stand-alone M.S. Neuroscience degree is offered to students who are seeking graduate training without necessarily planning to pursue a doctoral degree. Students receive training via academic coursework, research, teaching and outreach activities. Our program emphasizes the research aspect of graduate training and so all MS students must either complete a capstone project or successfully conduct and defend an approved thesis. The thesis option is only recommended for students that are interested in eventually pursuing a doctoral degree.

Graduate students in the Neuroscience Institute receive interdisciplinary training by working with Core Neuroscience Faculty and more than 50 Associate Faculty from other departments, including Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Education, Mathematics, Public Health, Psychology, Philosophy and Physics. Students can obtain training in a wide range of research methodologies, and have the opportunity to teach and attend journal clubs, seminars and distinguished speaker series.

Students can train in:

  • behavioral neuroscience and neuroendocrinology,
  • neurogenomics and genetics,
  • neuroimmunology and cardiometabolic diseases,
  • computational neuroscience,
  • neuroethics, and
  • primate behavior and cognition.
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 amount of neuroscience research occurring at Georgia State University, 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 provided in 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

In addition to completing the Online Graduate application, successful applicants have an undergraduate or master’s degree in a discipline related to the neurosciences, a strong record of coursework (GPA 3.00 or greater), and preferably have relevant research experience. As indicated in the online graduate application, the following are also required: transcripts of all past academic performances, a statement of purpose, three letters of recommendation and, for non-native speakers of English, official scores on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System).

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required at this time.

Our stand-alone M.S in Neuroscience requires 36 hours of graduate coursework. This includes 10 hours of Neuroscience core and core elective courses, a quantitative skills course, a course in responsible conduct in research, 12-13 hours of topics and electives, as well as a minimum of 9 hours of research credit. Students must also complete a written product approved by the student’s Master’s Committee. Students have the option of defending a formal Master’s thesis or of selecting the non-thesis option. In the latter case, students submit an empirical paper, literature review, methodological/technical paper, research proposal or other product with the approval of the Graduate Program Committee.

See the Course Catalog for additional information.

Students are charged graduate tuition and fees; see Student Financial Services website. Admitted students may receive graduate assistantships, which include a stipend and tuition waiver.

Our 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.

The Scholarship Resource Center offers guidance and support to students seeking financial assistance through scholarship opportunities, including this scholarship library. In addition, the Office of Graduate Programs’ Fellowship Advisor works with students interested in applying for nationally prestigious and competitive fellowships. Our cost calculator can help you get an idea of the costs associated with attending the university.



Our students are trained for careers in research, teaching, government, clinical work and the private sector.


Aras Petrulis
Associate Director of Graduate Studies
[email protected]

Emily Hardy
Graduate Coordinator in Neuroscience
[email protected]

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Atlanta, GA 30303

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