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What does it cost?

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How long will it take?

A minimum of 90 semester hours of graduate coursework must be completed.

Where will I take classes?

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: December 1
  • Spring: Does not admit
  • Summer: Does not admit

Neuroscience, Ph.D.

Anne Murphy
Director of Graduate Studies
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 404-413-5332

The Neuroscience Institute is affiliated with multiple departments and emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to graduate training. Using state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, Neuroscience Institute faculty are engaged in basic research that ranges from molecular, cellular and computational to behavioral neuroscience.

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 who earn a Ph.D. also earn an M.S. Neuroscience degree in the process.

Program Highlights
  • Interdisciplinary training
    Students work 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.
  • First-rate city for neuroscience
    Atlanta has a thriving Neuroscience community and an active chapter of the Society for Neuroscience. In addition to the huge amount of neuroscience research 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.
  • Training provided in state-of-the-art research centers and facilities
    In addition to the Petit Science Center, there are numerous centers associated with the Neuroscience Institute. For a list of research resources see
  • 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 schools.

Program Details

In addition to completing the online graduate application, successful applicants typically have a strong record of coursework and/or experience in a discipline related to the neurosciences, and laboratory experience relevant to the neurosciences. Detailed admissions requirements can be found here:

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

Students take 10 hours of Neuroscience core and core elective courses, a quantitative methods course, 10 hours of topics and seminar courses, and research courses.

For a list of course requirements, go to

Students receive a stipend of $27,000, plus a tuition waiver upon entry. The stipend increases to $30,000 upon completion of the dissertation proposal.

Our students are prepared for challenging career opportunities in academia and beyond.



Our program provides training that offers students multiple career pathways. These include academic research and teaching, government, clinical and private sector positions.

We offer opportunities to practice teaching, outreach, communication, grant writing and critical thinking, with applications to many career opportunities. Students can take a seminar class in "Alternative Careers."


Director of Graduate Studies
Anne Murphy
[email protected]

Graduate Coordinator of Neuroscience
Emily Hardy
[email protected]

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Atlanta, GA 30303

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