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What will I learn?

The program provides training in the core foundations of neuroscience, ranging from cellular mechanisms to cognition and behavior, with a wide range of options for advanced training and specialization within specific subdisciplines. Students develop their critical thinking and research skills in preparation for a wide range of possible career avenues, either in academia or the public or private sectors.

The program trains students to possess three key abilities:

  • A comprehensive understanding and ability to critically evaluate current knowledge and theories in neuroscience
  • Research skills to effectively identify, design and conduct independent research in the field
  • Enhanced professional development skills in areas including communication, teaching, grant writing and ethics

Integrative Neuroscience faculty members at the University of Nevada, Reno encourage the academic and professional development of students as independent researchers. Working closely with advisors and program directors, students develop a specialized, independent program of study in neuroscience research methodologies. The curriculum is designed to expose all students to core concepts and methods in the first years while allowing them to focus on research and training with specific sub-disciplines in subsequent years.

For the Ph.D. degree, students may choose to do research rotations in the first year without a designated dissertation faculty advisor, or may enter the program with an initial faculty advisor and begin their dissertation in that lab. Near the end of the first year, students take a written and oral examination which will be based on a research/rotation project conducted in the first year. Next, students establish a dissertation committee who advise and guide them through their graduate studies. During the third year, students will prepare a dissertation proposal in the form of a fellowship or grant application outlining their planned research for their dissertation. Students are expected to give a seminar on the proposed research and will then hold an oral defense with their committee. Approval of the proposal by the committee will advance the student to candidacy as a Ph.D. student. In the final year, students must write and defend their dissertation research in a seminar, which will be open to the general public, followed by a final oral examination by the committee in a closed session.

The Ph.D. in Integrative Neuroscience requires 72 credits comprising of 48 credits of coursework and 24 credits of dissertation research.

Which department am I in?

College of Science

Study options

Full Time (72 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$16,542.00 per year
Application deadline

15 December 2022

Start date

23 January 2023


College of Science

1664 N. Virginia Street,



89557, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Bachelor’s degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution. Eligibility for admission with a 3-year bachelor's degree are determined on a case by case basis. Minimum grade point average (on a 4.0 scale): 3.0 for a doctoral degree.

For international students

Student must have undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher

Minimum score requirements: TOEFL: 550 (paper) or 79 (internet), IELTS: 6.5 (academic version).

Application deadlines: Dec 15 (Fall) | Sept 15 (Spring)

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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