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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 M.S. degree, students do not do research rotations and they generally enter the program with an initial faculty advisor and begin their thesis research in that lab. Students have the option of earning elective credits for additional research in the first year, or substituting these credits with elective courses. Students are required to complete a thesis on an independent research project, which must be defended orally before their thesis examination committee.

The M.S. in Integrative Neuroscience requires 30 graduate credits comprising of 24 credits of course work and 6 credits for thesis research.

Which department am I in?

College of Science

Study options

Full Time (30 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$16,542.00 per year
Start date

23 January 2023


College of Science

1664 N. Virginia Street,



89557, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A minimum of 30 graduate credits in biology or related fields must be completed with an average grade of B or better.

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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