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Neuroscience, Master of Science

Overview

This program will begin fall 2020.

Neuroscience is the branch of the sciences that studies the relationship between the anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, and molecular biology of nerves, nervous tissue, and diseases. Through the Master of Science (M.S.) in Neuroscience at St. John’s University, you can prepare for a career in this growing interdisciplinary field.

In the degree program, you acquire the critical, analytical, and decision-making skills that will help you find careers in research, government, pharmacy, and biotechnology. We welcome applicants with backgrounds in the natural, physical, and social sciences who wish to expand their career options to the field of neuroscience. 

The M.S. in Neuroscience at St. John’s allows you to design a curriculum that best fits your individual interests and career goals. You may pursue either the 30-credit thesis option or the 33-credit non-thesis option and may complete an internship or supervised research to further develop your skills. 

Contact

Graduate Division
St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
[email protected] 

Admission

The M.S. in Neuroscience is designed to provide natural, physical, and social scientists who wish to expand their career options to the field of neuroscience. 

Applicants must present a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0, as well as 3.0 or better in the major discipline. 

Graduate Admission Information
Office of Graduate Admission
718-990-1601
[email protected]

Courses

The M.S. in Neuroscience offers both a 33-credit non-thesis option and a 30-credit thesis option. The program’s culminating experience includes a choice of a capstone project, comprehensive examination, or thesis, which you will select in consultation with your advisor. For example, if you wish to pursue further graduate study, we encourage you to complete a thesis. If you are a professional already working as a research technician or hope to become a research technician, you may wish to complete a comprehensive examination as your culminating experience. 

If you elect the non-thesis option, you also have the option of completing an internship or independent study to enhance your research and professional development. 

 Required 
BIO 208Molecular Biology3 credits
BIO 210Molecular Neuroscience3 credits
BIO 212Cell Biology3 credits
 Neuroanatomy (Choose One) 
CSD 329Neuroanatomy of Speech Systems3 credits
PHS 239Functional Neuroanatomy & Neuropathology3 credits
 Electives (Choose From Among the Following) 
BIO 209Bioinformatics3 credits
BIO 248Lab Techniques3 credits
BIO 249Communication Skills in the Life Sciences3 credits
BIO 299Scientific Literacy & Integrity3 credits
BIO 708Special Topics in Biology3 credits
CSD 340Special Topics in Communication Sciences and Disorders3 credits
PAS 252Biostatics3 credits
PHS 250Cell and Tissue Culture3 credits
PHS 250LCell and Tissue Culture Laboratory1 credit
PSY 648Physiological Psychology3 credits
TOX 205Neurotoxicology3 credits
 Thesis Research (6 Credits) 
BIO 900Master's Thesis Research3 credits
PSY 908Master's Thesis Research3 credits
NEU 105TMaster's Thesis Defense0 credits
 Required 
BIO 208Molecular Biology3 credits
BIO 210Molecular Neuroscience3 credits
BIO 212Cell Biology3 credits
 Neuroanatomy (Choose One) 
CSD 329Neuroanatomy of Speech Systems3 credits
PHS 239Functional Neuroanatomy & Neuropathology3 credits
 Electives (Choose From Among the Following) 
BIO 209Bioinformatics3 credits
BIO 248Lab Techniques3 credits
BIO 249Communication Skills in the Life Sciences3 credits
BIO 299Scientific Literacy & Integrity3 credits
BIO 708Special Topics in Biology3 credits
CSD 340Special Topics in Communication Sciences and Disorders3 credits
PAS 252Biostatics3 credits
PHS 250Cell and Tissue Culture3 credits
PHS 250LCell and Tissue Culture Laboratory1 credit
PSY 648Physiological Psychology3 credits
TOX 205Neurotoxicology3 credits
 Internship (Optional) 
BIO 351Internship in Biology3 credits
BIO 352Internshop in Biology3 credits
 Special Research (Optional) 
BIO 352Special Research in Biological Sciences3 credits
CSD 452Special Research in Speech-Language Pathology3 credits

Tuition and Financial Aid

Graduate Assistantships

St. John’s University offers competitive graduate assistantships to qualified full-time applicants. These positions typically include tuition remission and a stipend. Read more about Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Financial Aid

Learn more about additional forms of financial aid available to St. John’s graduate students

Career Outcomes

As a professional with a graduate degree in Neuroscience, you may work as a research scientist for a private research institution or government agency. You may also pursue administrative positions in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Opportunities exist within industry and related allied health fields, including as a research lab technician or pharmaceutical sales representative.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in fields related to neuroscience is expected to grow faster than average through 2026: 13 percent for medical scientists (including neuroscientists) 10 percent for natural science managers, and 20 percent for medical and health services managers