Biomedical Sciences-Neuroscience is an inter-institutional program offering Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees. Students complete a common set of core courses that cover fundamental principles in neuroscience from the cellular/molecular to the systems level. Students also complete elective courses tailored to their chosen subdiscipline. 

Research projects are completed under the guidance of a Neuroscience faculty member at Kent State University, NEOMED or the Cleveland Clinic. Areas of research focus in the neurosciences include behavioral neuroscience, sensory neuroscience, developmental neuroscience and neurodegenerative diseases.


Casadesus and studentsThe M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs in neuroscience require a minimum 3.0 undergraduate/graduate GPA, scores from the GRE general test, three letters of recommendation and a personal statement indicating the applicant’s interests in neuroscience and career goals. A Masters degree is not required for admission to the Ph.D. program. 

Before beginning the program, an applicant is required to have completed a bachelor’s degree with preparation adequate to take graduate coursework in neuroscience, including sufficient undergraduate coursework in chemistry, math, biology, psychology and/or neuroscience.  Applicants for the Ph.D. degree are preferred over the M.S. degree, given applications of roughly equivalent merit.

There are no minimum cutoff scores for the GRE exam, however, the GRE is considered as part of the admissions decision. Over the past several years, average scores of accepted students on the GRE have been above the 60th percentiles on both the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE.

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Maria Wildroudt-Sheakley"The curriculum, laboratory training, and scientific interactions I experienced during my graduate training prepared me well for a career in academic research...I definitely recommend this program to anyone with a serious interest in biomedical science."

Maria Wildroudt-Sheakley, Ph.D. '05
Associate Professor of Physiology, Ross University School of Medicine