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.


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.