Masters Program for Non-Tulane Undergraduates

Tulane University offers a master of science degree in Neuroscience for students with baccalaureate degrees from other institutions. Students in the M.S. program take courses relevant to their interests in Neuroscience and related fields. The mission of the M.S. program is to prepare students for admission to doctoral programs in the neurosciences,  careers in neuroscience-related fields, and for admission to medical schools. Thus, students who already have received their medical training are discouraged from applying, as they are overqualified for this program. Completion of the M.S. program does not guarantee acceptance to Tulane's Ph.D. programs or medical school.


top ⇑Contacts

Dr. Beth Wee, PhD Program Director

Dr. Sara Clark
Professor of Practice
Neuroscience Office: 200 Flower Hall
Phone: 504-862-3364

Sarah Podesta, Project Assistant
Neuroscience Office: 200 Flower Hall
Phone: 504-862-3305

top ⇑Admission Criteria

Acceptance into the program is competitive and based on the decision of a Steering Committee comprised of faculty members of the Tulane Brain Institute. Candidates should have a strong background in and demonstrated knowledge of college level biology, chemistry, math, genetics, and physics and exhibit the potential for graduate study. To be competitive for acceptance the applicant should have a minimum combined GRE score of 302 (or a 25 on the MCAT) and we recommend an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.2.

The deadline for receipt of the COMPLETED APPLICATION, INCLUDING ALL SUPPORTING MATERIALS is June 1 to start in the fall semester, and October 15 to start in the spring semester. Completed applications received prior to the deadline will be reviewed on a rolling basis as early as March 1 for students applying to start in the fall and October 15 for students applying to start in the spring.

Required materials to be included in your application:

  1. Completed Tulane Graduate School application form
  2. Completed statement of purpose
  3. GRE or MCAT scores
  4. Undergraduate and graduate transcripts. Unofficial transcripts may be used for review. Formal acceptance can only be issued after official transcripts are furnished.
  5. Letters of recommendation from three faculty members who have had you in courses, with at least two recommendations from faculty who had you in science courses

Non-native English speakers must demonstrate an adequate command of the English language. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores or other evidence of English Proficiency are required. A minimum TOEFL scoreof 600 points on the written exam, 250 on the computerized exam, or 90 on the internet-based exam is required. For more information about the TOEFL, visit the TOEFL website or contact ETS. When requesting ETS to send your score to the Neuroscience Graduate Program, please use our university cofde (6173) and departmental code (99).

Contact Sarah Podesta in the Neuroscience Program regarding specific admission procedures.

top ⇑Costs

The cost of the Masters Program for Non-Tulane Undergraduates for the Academic Year starting Fall 2018 is $23,500 for tuition and approximately $1,980 for fees. In addition, all students are required to have health insurance while enrolled at Tulane. Students may elect to enroll in the Tulane sponsored health insurance plan which is $2,600 this year. You can expect to pay anywhere from $500-1,000 per month for rent.

Tuition and fees for all university schools are determined per fiscal year by university administration. The most recent tuition and fees table can be found on the Accounts Receivable website.

There is no internal funding available for the MS program. Students should contact Tulane Financial Aid for FASFA and/or private loan information.

top ⇑Curriculum

Consistent with the training model for our doctoral students, each M.S. student follows an individualized program of study that is based on their own career goals. The degree requires 30 credits at the graduate level. Courses should be chosen in consultation with Dr. Sara Clark. For further information and advising, view a list of faculty members and courses which students may take. Please note that MS students are required to take Methods in Neuroscience, Trends/Seminar, and either Cellular Neuroscience or Graduate Neuroscience.

top ⇑Duration of Study

Students may enter the program during either the fall or spring semester of any academic year. Students must complete their degree requirements within two academic semesters. Additional semesters may incur additional tuition and student fees, per credit.

top ⇑Neuroscience Education at Tulane University

Tulane offers an undergraduate major in Neuroscience (B.S.) within the School of Science and Engineering that is the fastest growing major on campus. The 4+1 Program in Neuroscience provides Tulane graduates with training for one additional year beyond the baccalaureate degree. The Neuroscience Graduate Program (Ph.D.) is an interdepartmental graduate program at Tulane. The mission of the program is to provide Ph.D. students with a broad education in the theoretical and practical aspects of Neuroscience research and teaching.


Course List for the M.S. Degree in Neuroscience at Tulane University
Course Code Semester Credits Course Name Instructor
NSCI 6010
Spring 3 Physical Dimensions of Aging
NSCI 6150/6155 Fall 3,1 Methods in Neuroscience / Lab
NSCI 6030 Fall, Spring 1 Neuroscience Seminar Black
NSCI 6040 Fall, Spring 1 Trends in Neuroscience Black
NSCI 6110 Fall 3 Brain and Language Howard
NSCI 6310 / 6360
Fall 3 Cellular Neuroscience / Topics in Cellular Neuroscience
NSCI 6320 Spring 3 Systems Neuroscience Schrader
NSCI 6333 Fall 3 Neurobiology of Learning and Memory Daniel
NSCI 6340 Spring 3 Neurobiology of Disease Cronin
NSCI 6350 Spring 3 Developmental Neurobiology Clark
NSCI 6370 Fall 3 Molecular Neurobiology Huang
NSCI 6530 Fall 3 Psychopharmacology Dohanich
NSCI 6550
Fall 3 Synaptic Organization of the Brain
NSCI 6060 Spring 3 Behavioral Endocrinology Dohanich/Wee
NSCI 6900 Fall, Spring 3  Internship Black
NSCI 7100 Fall, Spring 0-4 Special Topics in Neuroscience Staff
NSCI 7110 Fall 3 Graduate Neuroscience Tasker
NSCI 7981 Fall, Spring 1-3 Research in Neuroscience Staff
SCEN 6030/6035 Fall 3, 1 Anatomy and Physiology I /Lab Dancisak
SCEN 6040/6045 Spring 3, 1 Anatomy and Physiology II /Lab Dancisak
CELL 6010 Fall 3 Cellular Biochemistry Abboud
CELL 6080 Spring 3 Advanced Developmental and Cell Biology II
CELL 6110/6111 Fall, Spring
3, 1
Cells and Tissues/Lab Boudaba
CELL 6130 Fall 4 Embryology - Lecture and Lab Han
CELL 6160 Fall 3 Developmental Biology Chen
CELL 6210 Fall 3 Cellular Physiology Cronin
CELL 6750
Fall, Spring 3 Cell Biology Dotson
CELL 6030 Fall, Spring 3 Molecular Biology Staff
PSYC 6090 Fall 3 Univariate Statistics I Corey
PSYC 6110 (S) Spring 3 Psychological Applications of Univariate Statistics II Corey
 PSYC 6130 Fall 3 Psychological Applications of Multivariate Statistics Corey

Additional relevant electives are offered by other departments and programs. However, only courses at the 600 and 700 levels receive graduate course credit. Students should look at the registrar's course list to know what is offered each semester.

Example Curriculum
Fall Spring
NSCI 6310/6360 (3) or NSCI 7110 - required
NSCI 6320 (3) - optional
NSCI 6150 (3) - required
Elective (3)
NSCI 6030 & 6040 (2) - required but can be done in Spring semester
Elective (2-3)
Elective (2-3) Elective (2-3)
Elective (2-3) Elective (2-3)

View a list of all graduate courses available to graduate students in neuroscience.

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