Northwestern University Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program (NUIN) Degree Requirements

The following requirements are in addition to, or further elaborate upon, those requirements outlined in The Graduate School Policy Guide.

PhD

Required Courses

  • Core courses (4 units)
  • “Great Experiments” elective (1 unit)
  • Biostatistics elective (1 unit)
  • Additional electives (3 units)

Noncredit Courses

  • NUIN 490 Responsible Conduct of Research

Other PhD Requirements

  • Laboratory rotations:  three research rotations (additional if necessary) and rotation summary/poster presentations
  • Seminar attendance:  6/quarter in Fall, Winter, Spring of first year
  • Examinations:  knowledge and research based qualifying exam, taken during second year
  • Teaching:  two quarters of teaching assistantship, usually during the second year
  • Thesis Committee Meetings:  written proposal and oral defense of thesis project to Thesis Committee, taken during third year; annual thesis committee meetings thereafter
  • Seminar presentation:  oral presentation of research at a departmental or conference seminar
  • Publication:  at least one first author publication in a peer-reviewed journal
  • Dissertation:  written dissertation, oral defense of dissertation to Thesis Committee, and public presentation of dissertation.