Doctor of Philosophy - Neuroscience

Interdisciplinary 

About

This interdisciplinary Ph.D. program provides coursework and research training in neuroscience, with research mentoring spanning a range of different dimensions (basic to applied/clinical neuroscience, molecular to cognitive neuroscience, various types of nervous system measurement approaches, etc.). Students’ dissertation chairs and other committee members will come from various colleges and units at UNLV. This program will primarily prepare graduates to pursue post-doctoral research and independent research careers in neuroscience and related fields in academic, medical, government, or private industry settings.

For the 2020-2021 academic year, the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are optional. Applicants may submit GRE scores if they feel it strengthens their overall application, but it is not required.

Application fees are $60 for domestic applicants and $95 for international applicants. If this fee poses a financial hardship, you may request a potential reimbursement for the fee. Please email the program coordinator (joel.snyder@unlv.edu) and provide a one paragraph explanation for the request for reimbursement and documents to support the request, such as the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Reimbursements are limited and not guaranteed. Decisions will be made based on need, pending available funding and department chair approval.

Available Options

  • Post-Bachelor's Track
  • Post-Master's Track

Accreditation

For information regarding accreditation at UNLV, please head over to Academic Program Accreditations.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students should have broad knowledge of neuroscience methods, theories, and findings, and deep knowledge in at least one specific area of neuroscience.
  2. Students should have the ability to conduct, present, and publish literature reviews and empirical research in at least one specific area of neuroscience.
  3. Students should be able to prepare and submit applications for research funding.
  4. Students should have the ability to ethically perform independent research in academic, medical, and government institutions, as well as private industry.

Career Possibilities

Most graduates of this program will pursue post-doctoral research, followed by independent research careers in a variety of workplace settings, including academic, medical, and government institutions, as well as private industry. Neuroscience research has a wide and growing range of medical and technological applications, so some graduates of the program will also be poised to apply some of their own research and tool development to the creation of marketable intellectual property in the form of patents and start-up companies, some of which will likely be based in Nevada, and therefore provide high-tech job opportunities for Nevada residents.

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Graduate Coordinator

Joel S. Snyder, Ph.D.

Professor and Director of the Neuroscience Ph.D. Program

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