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Neuroscience, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 72 months
University rank #101 (ARWU) Atlanta, GA, United States
Neuroscience research at Emory has grown dramatically in the last decade with the recruitment of many renowned scientists. The broad spectrum of research expertise in cellular, molecular, behavioral, developmental, and systems neuroscience provides our students a unique environment in which to pursue their graduate education.
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  • The Neuroscience Program provides broad interdisciplinary doctoral training in the study of the nervous system ranging from molecular/cellular/developmental to systems/behavioral/cognitive levels of organization The first-year core curriculum focuses on basic cellular, molecular and systems neuroscience, coupled with research rotations that lead to selection of a thesis advisor.  Subsequent years of study are flexible and can be tailored to each student’s specific interests and individualized program of study. 
  • The Program’s research enterprise is highly interactive leading to numerous multidisciplinary collaborations between investigators and students in different research specialties. A hallmark feature of the Neuroscience Program is leveraging the strength of the Program’s interdisciplinary research breadth to generate compelling thesis projects.
  • Research in the Neuroscience Program spans multiple domains of scientific inquiry, and most faculty undertake projects that transcend individual categories.  Nonetheless, research efforts can be broadly separated into the following NS categories: Disease Mechanisms in Neurology and Psychiatry, Molecular/Cellular/Developmental Neuroscience, Neuroengineering/Computational Neuroscience, and Systems/Behavioral/Cognitive Neuroscience.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 72 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure


  • Neuroanatomy and Systems Neuroscience
  • Neuroscience: Communication and Ethics
  • Techniques in Neuroscience
  • Laboratory Rotation
  • Frontiers In Neuroscience Seminar
  • Scholarly Integrity Core Class
  • Cellular, Developmental, & Molecular Neuroscience
  • Neuroscience: Communication and Ethics
  • Laboratory Rotation
  • Frontiers In Neuroscience Seminar


 The program includes over 120 neuroscientists drawn from 22 University and Medical School departments, the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, as well as collaborators from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). 

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Recommended score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of 3 or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • Average GRE scores for the incoming class typically are around the 70th to 75th percentile, with a wide range of scores. 

    This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

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General Requirements

  • A strong undergraduate background in the physical, biological, or behavioral sciences.
  • A cumulative average of B+ or better in major science courses.
  • High motivation for a career in biological or biomedical research.
  • Strong letters of recommendation (three are required).
  • A thoughtfully written Statement of Purpose that includes information on why you want to attend graduate school, any research interests you may have, and details on any prior research experience, including the extent to which you were intellectually and independently involved in your research project.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must also complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    41800 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20900 USD per semester and a duration of 72 months.
  • National

    41800 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20900 USD per semester and a duration of 72 months.
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Living costs for Atlanta

  • 1213 - 2210 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


All students admitted to the GDBBS receive a support package that includes:

  • Stipend Support
  • Transition Award
  • Tuition Scholarship
  • Health Insurance Subsidy

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