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Program Goal

The primary goal of the Neuroscience Graduate Program (NGP) is to provide state-of-the-art research-intensive training for students seeking to obtain a Ph.D. degree in the study of the nervous system.  The program provides trainees with the research and teaching skills necessary to become successful independent neuroscientists employed in academic, government, and corporate settings.  Successful completion of the training program culminates in the granting of the Ph.D. degree in either Neuroscience or Neurobiology & Anatomy.


Students seeking admission into NGP should indicate their interest in neuroscience when completing the online application to graduate studies at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.  Detailed information about the application and admission process is available online at the prospective students page. Students entering NGP typically complete the majority of the core curriculum requirements during their first year. Coursework in cellular and systems neuroscience is supplemented by research rotations in NGP faculty laboratories selected by the student. At the end of the first year, and after completing 3-4 laboratory rotations, students select a thesis advisor(s) and laboratory for their dissertation research.  At the same time, students chose one of two Ph.D. degree tracks: Neuroscience or Neurobiology & Anatomy. 

This handbook outlines the policies and regulations for NGP. Students admitted into another Ph.D. program at the University of Rochester may petition to transfer into NGP provided the student’s thesis advisor is a member of the NGP faculty. General policies and regulations for graduate study at the University of Rochester are contained in the Official Bulletin for Graduate Studies.