M.S. in Neuroscience


The goal of the MS program in Neuroscience is to train students in the basic science and methodology of Neuroscience, to allow them to apply this knowledge in jobs as research assistants in academy or the biotechnology industry, or as teachers in primary or secondary education. Students graduating with an MS degree often obtain additional education in PhD and MD programs. 

The Master’s degree is conferred upon demonstrating certain competencies including:

  • Acquisition of general knowledge base in the biomedical sciences.
  • Acquisition of applied knowledge in the neurosciences.
  • The ability to identify relevant original neuroscience-related questions, and to propose and execute
  • critical experimental designs to address these questions.
  • The ability to search and critically evaluate neuroscience-related literature and data.
  •  Acquisition of oral and written communication skills for scientific peers and the general public.

Financial Support

Although M.S. students are not provided a stipend or tuition remission, all research supplies and equipment required for their research projects are provided at no cost to the student. Tuition for academic year (2017-2018) is $1,069/credit hour, and M.S. students are required to take a minimum of 24 credits over the two year course of study. For more information regarding Tuition and Fees for the Graduate Programs at Loyola University Medical Center please click here


Graduate classes are small, and there is a strong emphasis on the current scientific literature. The program holds a weekly Journal Club where students present seminars on recent important research articles of their choice. A dynamic seminar series brings twenty or more nationally recognized neuroscientists to the Medical Center each year to present their research and meet with graduate students.


The MS Curriculum consists of a first semester core of three courses (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Methods in Biomedical Sciences), courses from the basic science departments of the Medical School, and courses taught by the Program faculty. In addition to class work, students also participate in both journal club and a seminars. In Journal Club, students closely interact with each other and a faculty members. Students present recent journal articles and participate in stimulating research discussions. During the spring semester, in addition to journal article presentations, students are also given the opportunity to practice short talks in an atmosphere similar to that which they will experience at national and international meetings. Journal club is intended to facilitate and assist in the development of student’s presentation and critical reading skills, in addition to adding to their scientific knowledge.

Year 1FallSpring
  Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (BMSC 410, 4h) Statistical Methods in Biomedical Sciences (BMSC 402, 2h)
  Cell Biology (BMSC 412, 4h) Cell and Molecular Neurobiology (NRSC 410, 3h)
  Methods in Biomedical Science (BMSC 416, 1h) Neuroscience Seminar (NRSC 503, 0h)
  Ethics in Biomedical Sciences  (BMSC 405, 1h) Research (NRSC 499, 2h)
  Neuroscience Journal Club (NRSC 503, 1h)  
  Two 6-week research rotations  


Year 2FallSpring
  Neurochemistry (NRSC 415, 3h)            Research (NRSC 499, 1h)                                        
  Neuroscience Journal Club (NRSC 503, 1h)  
  Research (NRSC 499, 1h)  

Lab Rotations

During the first semester, you will be introduced to ongoing research in the Biomedical Sciences by way of faculty presentations, seminars and/or poster sessions. Two laboratory rotations of similar duration (approx. 6 weeks) are mandatory for each first year student in the Master’s program. Lab rotations will be arranged with the guidance of the Neuroscience Graduate Program Director. Choosing a laboratory environment in which to establish and conduct your thesis work is critical and should be completed by the end of your second semester. During your lab rotations, you are expected to attend all neuroscience related journal clubs and seminars.