Graduate Studies

MU’s Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program offers talented graduate students a chance to train for a career in one of the most exciting fields of modern science.  Most of our students pursue research and teaching careers in basic neuroscience departments at prestigious research universities.  Others opt for challenging and rewarding positions in applied fields, such as drug research or neurodiagnostic technology.  Whatever their ultimate goals, the graduate neuroscientists who are trained at MU gain a solid understanding of the nervous system and of the experimental methods by which this knowledge is acquired.

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Our students do not just study neuroscience literature, they contribute to it.  After completing comprehensive coursework in molecular, cellular, systems and behavioral neuroscience, graduate students join a research laboratory, and work with other lab personnel to master the relevant technical skills and theoretical concepts in their chosen field.  Students in the Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program have the opportunity to present their findings at lab meetings, seminars, journal club sessions, and both national and international professional scientific conferences.

More than 50 neuroscience faculty members provide an ample supply of research teams, and state-of-the-art equipment in these labs allows neuroscientists at MU to perform their research at the cutting edge.  The INP’s graduate studies program provides a comprehensive course of study that emphasizes mentoring, research rotations, a strong and unifying core curriculum, teaching skills, a broadly-based and individualized program of study, writing and presentation skills and independent research.  The goal of the program is to provide extensive training in the areas of molecular, cellular, behavior, and systems neuroscience.