M.S. in Neuroscience

Goal

Our MS program in Neuroscience is a research thesis based program designed to provide students with basic background knowledge in Neuroscience, as well as an appreciation for emerging concepts and methodologies relevant to the study of Neuroscience. Students will learn to use their knowledge base to develop novel neuroscience questions and address them with rational and reproducible experimental design. Our degree prepares students for technical positions in academia and the biotechnology industry, or as primary or secondary science educators. The Neuroscience master’s program from Loyola can also prepare students for admission to professional and advanced graduate degree programs.

The Master’s degree is conferred upon demonstration of the following competencies:

  • Acquisition of a 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 design, propose and execute critical experiments to address these questions
  • The ability to search and critically evaluate neuroscience-related literature and data
  • Acquisition of oral and written communication skills appropriate for scientific peers and the general public

 Tuition

Tuition for the current academic year (2017-2018) is $1069.00 /credit hour. M.S. students take a minimum of 24 credits over their two year course of study. Stipends or tuition remission are not provided to M.S. students, but all research supplies and equipment required for research projects are provided at no cost to the student. For more information regarding tuition for the Graduate Programs at the Stritch School of Medicine visit the following link: Tuition and Fees.

Classes

Graduate classes are small and allow instructors to emphasize current scientific literature and practices. Weekly student-centered Journal Clubs allow the students to develop presentation skills while learning about cutting edge findings. A dynamic seminar series brings several nationally recognized neuroscientists to the Medical Center each year to present their research and meet with graduate students.

Curriculum

The MS Curriculum consists of core courses (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Methods in Biomedical Sciences) taught by Medical School faculty. Additional required Neuroscience courses are team taught by Neuroscience Graduate Faculty. Students also participate in a student-centered weekly journal club in the Fall semester, followed by weekly neuroscience seminars and student progress reports in the Spring semester. Both courses are intended to facilitate the students’ abilities to critically read, question and synthesize scientific knowledge and to hone their presentation skills.

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)  

Research

Students are introduced to ongoing research opportunities within the Neuroscience Graduate Program during orientation, and additional faculty presentations, seminars and/or poster sessions.  Master’s students must participate in at least two laboratory research rotations of similar duration (approx. 6 weeks).  Lab rotations are arranged with the guidance of the Neuroscience Graduate Program Director. Choosing the right laboratory and mentor under which to conduct a thesis project is a critical decision and should be made in conjunction with the Program Director.  Students should make their selection by the end of the second semester to ensure the timely completion of their degree.  Students should develop a thesis question and complete a research-based thesis under the direction of a mentor by the second or third year of study.

Extracurricular Activities

Students are encouraged to present their work at the annual Chicago Society for Neuroscience meeting, hosted by one of the largest regional chapters of the Society for Neuroscience.  Loyola also hosts an annual research day in honor of St. Albert, the patron saint of scientists and philosophers.  The event provides students the opportunity to present their work in poster form to a campus-wide audience.  Students are also given opportunities to compete for funds to attend and present their work at national conferences relevant to their work.  Neuroscientists recognize that effective learning requires socialization.  Thus, Neuroscience Graduate Program hosts regular social functions for faculty and student members of the program. 

 

For more information:

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