The Neuroscience Program (NRSC) offers a PhD degree to students who are accepted into the Integrated Program in Biomedical Sciences and select the Neuroscience.  The Program also offers a 2-year, research-intensive, MS degree. Students interested in the MS degree apply directly to the Neuroscience Program and are evaluated by a separate committee of core program faculty.

Throughout these programs students will develop  abroad, comprehensive understanding of the entire field of neuroscience, including neuroanatomy, neurochemistry, molecular neurobiology, neuropharmacology, neurophysiology, and brain-behavior relations. Students will gain a detailed, in-depth knowledge of their own particular subspecialty of neuroscience that will provide a solid theoretical and practical base for their thesis/dissertation research. Through the design and implementation of their own original thesis/dissertation research project students will hone a critical understanding, evaluation, and application of the scientific literature, fundamental skills of hypothesis-driven specific aims tested experimental research, and a critical understanding of the importance of ethical behavior in science.


Graduate programs in the Integrated program in Biomedical Sciences are located at the Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois approximately 10 miles west of downtown Chicago. The rapidly expanding medical center features a modern campus with state-of-the-art facilities for education and biomedical research.

Approximately 175 graduate students are currently enrolled in the Biomedical Science programs that offer graduate degrees. New PhD and MS graduate students enroll in a Core Curriculum in the first and second semester, after which they take advanced coursework and research training in their chosen area of specialization. PhD students do three rotations through potential dissertation laboratories during the second semester. After completing the laboratory rotations, students choose an advisor that will mentor their training, and together with their advisor they assemble a committee.