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Students in the Behavioral and Neural Sciences Graduate Program perform original research, culminating in a Ph.D. in neuroscience. The program is hosted by the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience (CMBN) at Rutgers University in Newark.

Research in our program spans every level of brain function - from molecules to behavior to computation - and students have available to them the full gamut of cutting-edge techniques and approaches. 

All students receive tuition and a generous stipend, regardless of nationality, and additional fellowships are available. Applications are due December 15th every year. Masters's degrees are not offered. Apply now.


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Starting in their first year, students perform research rotations in the laboratories of one or more of the program's faculty, which include faculty from the CMBN, as well as from the the Rutgers-Newark departments of Psychology and Biological Sciences. Dissertation research can be completed under the supervision of more than one faculty member, to broaden student training.

The course curriculum has been developed with the diverse backgrounds of our students in mind (e.g. neuroscience, psychology, mathematics, engineering), and is designed to prepare all students to perform professional-level research. Most classes involve intensive discussions with faculty, hands-on learning, critical thinking, and scientific writing.

The program's ultimate goal is to prepare graduates for professional research in academic, industrial, data science, or biomedical settings.

To learn more, read our program policies, see a list of faculty and their research interests, and peruse our course offerings.