Neuroscience Graduate Program Graduate School University of Cincinnati

Neuroscience Graduate Program Graduate School University of Cincinnati

Cincinnati, OH
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January 15
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1 Degree Offered
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Neuroscience Graduate Program

The Neuroscience Graduate Program (NGP) educates a diverse population of graduate students to become national and international leaders in neuroscience research. The university trains them to conduct the highest-caliber basic and/or translational studies of brain and nervous system disorders.

The NGP is affiliated with the University of Cincinnati's College of Medicine. The Ohio Department of Higher Education has designated the University of Cincinnati a Biomedical Center of Excellence within four focus areas; Neuroscience is among them.

Mission of the Neuroscience Graduate Program

The NGP's mission is closely aligned with those of the faculty's multiple departments and colleges, which include Medicine, Pharmacy, Engineering, and Arts & Sciences. It includes 68 faculty, who conduct research on the fundamental organization of the nervous system as well as the mechanisms underlying neurological disorders such as (but not limited to) schizophrenia, stroke, epilepsy, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, stress, addiction, drug abuse, neurodevelopmental disorders, bipolar disorder and chronic pain. Faculty are based at UC's campuses as well as at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

Planning for the future

Students learn about a wide range of neuroscience topics, preparing them for careers in the public sector (academic research) and the private sector (such as the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries). Those interested in pursuing tenure-track careers may participate in the Preparing Future Faculty program and gain additional experience by serving as teaching assistants. The NGP also provides advice and support for students following other career paths, such as science policy or medical writing.

Timelines at the College of Medicine

When possible, incoming students should plan to move to Cincinnati and be prepared to begin the program on July 1. Students start with lab rotations and begin taking classes in August.

NGP students spend the first year in the program taking didactic coursework as well as performing rotations in prospective mentors' labs. Students should expect to complete three rotations during the first year so they can get a sense of the depth and breadth of neuroscience research happening at UC. By the end of the first year, students select a research mentor.

In the second year, students complete their didactic coursework and begin to prepare for the doctoral candidacy exam (also known as the qualifying exam), which is normally taken in the spring of the second year. Upon admission to candidacy, students attend neuroscience seminars each week but are expected to devote most of their time to dissertation research. The average time from entering the program to defending the dissertation is approximately five years.

The NGP generously supports students' travel to one professional meeting each year, where they present posters, abstracts, etc. and attend the meeting's plenary sessions. Most students attend the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting.

Memberships and Associations

Along with their scientific training, NGP students become a part of the regional neuroscience community. The program subsidizes membership in the Ohio Miami Valley Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience (voted Chapter of the Year in 2014) and invites students to present posters at the annual chapter meeting. The NGP also encourages students to become involved in program activities such as the "Brain Awareness Week" events, featuring interactive exhibits, an art show, and outreach events at local schools. Several NGP students have assumed senior leadership roles in organizations such as the Society for Advancing Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), the Association for Women in Science (AWIS), and the Health Sciences Governance Association (HSGA). The NGP further encourages students to participate in the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS). NGP students also invite and host four guest speakers to the weekly Neuroscience Seminar Series held during the academic year.

Application and Deadlines

Prospective students may apply online through the Graduate School's website. The application fee is $65 for US citizens and lawful permanent residents, and $70 for international applicants. The application deadline is Jan. 15th of the year the student plans to begin the program. Applicants must include a personal statement of their scientific interests and previous research experience with a CV and GRE scores. Unofficial transcripts are accepted with the application; admitted students must have official transcripts submitted directly from all previous colleges/universities. Applicants should ask at least three individuals who can attest to their scientific potential to submit recommendation letters through the online application portal.

The NGP Admissions Committee invites highly qualified applicants to a Recruitment Weekend, held in early to mid-February, for in-person interviews and social events with current NGP students. Applicants are notified of the admission decision by early April.

The University of Cincinnati does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, gender, age, sexual orientation, veteran status or gender identity and expression in its programs and activities.


The City of Cincinnati, located on the banks of the Ohio River, has many of the same amenities associated with larger metropolitan areas but at a fraction of the cost. Whether you're into music, sports, fine arts, nature, or theatre, you're sure to find something enjoyable to do in the "Queen City."

Location & Contact

Neuroscience Graduate Program

Graduate School
University of Cincinnati

231 Albert Sabin Way MLC 0548
Cincinnati, OH 45267
United States

Dr. Kim Seroogy

Program Director

Phone: 513-558-7086
Fax: 513-558-7009

Ana Madani

Program Manager

Phone: 513-558-1803
Fax: 513-558-2850

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Degrees & Awards

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Neuroscience Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees 4
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? No
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Thesis Required and qualifying exam
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


18% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 44
    • Accepted 8
    • Acceptance Rate 18
    • Enrolled 5
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $65
    • Application Fee - International $70
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 15th January 15th Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, TOEFL iBT, IELTS required, IELTS paper based

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsApril 15
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Research Assistantships, Tuition Waivers, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students32
    • Female Percentage62%
    • Male Percentage38%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students32
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Full-time Percentage100%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino12%
    • Black / African American9%
    • White / Caucasian56%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native3%
    • Asian16%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races1%
    • Unknown or International Student3%


  • Faculty Breakdown
    • Total Faculty68
    • Full-time Percentage100%
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Female Percentage24%
    • Male Percentage76%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchDevelopmental neurobiology, membrane and channel biophysics, molecular neurobiology, neuroendocrinology, neuronal cell biology
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$25,000,000



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