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Dr. Yongsoo Kim, an associate professor in the Department of Neural & Behavioral Sciences at Penn State College of Medicine, is pictured in his lab in July 2016, framed by laboratory equipment and looking away from a screen depicting two images of a section of the brain.

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The Neuroscience Graduate Program at Penn State College of Medicine brings together scientists from different basic and clinical disciplines to focus on the nervous system.

Some researchers seek to clarify the development or function of the brain at the cellular, molecular, or genetic levels. Others seek to understand how the nervous system processes information, controls autonomic functions, regulates states of consciousness, or determines behavior. Still others search for the means to diagnose, prevent, and successfully treat malignant brain tumors, congenital and acquired brain diseases, neurodegenerative diseases, or dysfunctions caused by pathologic states in brain structure.

All are committed to educate graduate students in the neurosciences.

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Program Overview

First Year

During the first year, students participate in foundation coursework focused on neuroscience. they also rotate in one or more labs with the aim of finding a Master’s thesis research project.

Second Year

In the second year the student will focus on thesis research while taking more advanced classes and electives. 


Completion of the requirements for a MS in Neuroscience entails the preparation of a written thesis and formal acceptance of the thesis by the student’s master’s committee.