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One of the most exciting and dynamic fields of modern science worldwide is Neuroscience, the study of how the nervous system is organized and how it functions. The field of Neuroscience encompasses many disciplines, including biology, biochemistry, computer sciences, electrical engineering (neural modeling of neural networks and biomedical instrumentation), neurology, neurosurgery, pharmacology, physics, physiology, psychology, psychiatry and radiology. Neuroscientists have advanced our understanding of nervous system development, neural function, injuries of the nervous system and disease processes. At MU, neuroscientists investigate the molecular and cellular organization of the nervous system, the structure and function of neural systems (including vision and hearing), behaviors generated by the nervous system, and neurological diseases and disorders.

Certificate Offered

Neuroscience Graduate Certificate

Degrees Offered

  • Master of Science
  • Doctorate of Philospophy

Admission Criteria

  • Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent

Application Deadline

  • Fall deadline: December 15

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test Type Total Score Reading Listening Speaking Writing
TOEFL Internet -based 100 17 17 17 17
TOEFL Paper-based 600 52 52 N/A 52
IELTS Academic 7 6 6 6 6

Minimum GRE Scores

When did you take the GRE? Verbal + Quantitative
Prior to August 1, 2011 1200
On or after August 1, 2011 308

Neuroscience comprises a united field that integrates across many disciplines, and students from a variety of academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply to the Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program (INP). U.S. residents and international applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.  
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Neuroscience Program

  • Neuroscience program application (built into the Graduate Studies online application)
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose
  • Resume
  • Writing sample (optional)
  • Previous research experience form (if applicable)
  • GRE scores
  • TOEFL (if applicable)

Admission Contact Information

Dr. Andrew McClellan
213A Lefevre Hall
Columbia, MO 65211

Dr. David Beversdorf

Neuroscience Website