Neurobiology Degree Requirements

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


The master's program in Neurobiology gives students the opportunity to earn a graduate degree after one year of intensive study and research. The curriculum provides focused classroom instruction and independent hands-on research training.

The master’s curricular & degree requirements provide students with the training and experience to become skilled and competent leaders in their chosen career path – medicine, industry, academic research, or teaching. Students must take a minimum of 9 credits, as shown below. All students take Neurobiology 402 (Advanced Neurobiology – 2 credits in the winter quarter) and Neurobiology 595 (Laboratory Research – a total of 4 credits, from fall, winter, and spring quarters). In the fall and spring quarters, students select an elective (1-2 credits) to complete their curricular requirements. In addition, students must present an oral thesis proposal and defense, and a written thesis document.

Quarter Research Credits (# credits) Course Credits(# credits)
Fall NBP 595 (2) Elective (1)
Winter NBP 595 (1) NBP 402 (2)
Spring NBP 595 (2) Elective (1)

Other MS Degree Requirements

  • Research/Projects: Experimental work carried out under the direction of a Neurobiology faculty member (Faculty Advisor).
  • Thesis Proposal: A verbal presentation of proposed experimental work that will comprise the master’s thesis.
  • Thesis Defense: A verbal presentation of the experimental work that comprises the master’s thesis
  • Master’s Thesis: A written document that explains the rational, methods, data, and results of the experimental work completed under the direction of the Faculty Advisor.