interdisciplinary neuroscience program (inp)

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As an INP student, you’ll receive broad instruction across several neuroscience disciplines from the biological sciences and chemistry, to engineering and pharmacy, to psychology, physical therapy, communicative disorders and more. You’ll take coursework in experimental design, neuroscience laboratory techniques, and areas of special interest to you. You’ll participate in a colloquium and journal clubs that provide training in the critical evaluation and presentation of the latest developments in neuroscience. And your work will culminate in a substantial research thesis or dissertation.

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Master of Science (M.S.) Program

Admission Requirements
GRE general test, a bachelor’s degree in the sciences (or related disciplines), two letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, and transcripts of all previous degrees are required. Applicants are encouraged to specify in their statement of purpose one or more faculty members with whom they are interested in working, and to explain why. Students with deficiencies in undergraduate courses relevant to their Program of Study may be required to take additional courses without program credit.

In general, students will be admitted if they meet the minimum GRE requirements (a combined verbal and quantitative score of 300 in the new system and 1,100 in the old system), a minimum GPA of 3.00, good letters of recommendation, and an acceptable statement of purpose. In exceptional circumstances, the student who falls short may still be considered for admission with further evaluation.

Program Requirements
The program requires a minimum of 30 credits: 18-20 in coursework, 6-9 in research, and 1-6 in electives. Required courses include:

  • NEU 502, 503, 504, PSY 532, as well as at least one credit NEU 581/582.
  • Two semesters of NEU 591 are required, one in the students primary area of research, and one in a related discipline.
  • Two semesters of journal club (NEU 587 or equivalent), a thesis proposal and successful defense of thesis are required.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Program

Admission Requirements
Same as for Master’s degree.

Program Requirements
Successful completion of a qualifying examination or an earned M.S. with thesis in an appropriate discipline, a comprehensive examination, and dissertation defense. As the qualifying exam is meant to be equivalent to the M.S. degree, the examination must be taken no later than the first semester following the completion of eighteen credits of coursework. This examination is intended to assess a student’s potential to perform satisfactorily at the doctoral level.

A minimum of 72 credits is required, 18 to 28 of which may be earned through dissertation research (NEU 699). Up to 30 transfer credits will be accepted for students who have already earned an M.S. degree. (Depending on a student’s previous training and experience, certain requirements may be waived at the discretion of the student’s dissertation committee and the Graduate School.)

  • Registration in NEU 581 and 582 is required for one year, and successful completion of NEU 502, 503, and 504 are required.
  • PSY 532 (or equivalent) and one additional statistics or computational analysis course (e.g. STA 500, 502, 541, or 545) are required.
  • Two semesters of NEU 591 are required, one in the students primary area of research, and one in a related discipline.
  • Enrollment in journal club (NEU 587 or equivalent) every semester until successful completion of comprehensive exams, typically six semesters
  • A dissertation proposal and successful defense of dissertation are required.
  • In the final semester, a formal presentation of thesis research is required in 581/582.

Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Neuroscience

A student who does not seek a neuroscience degree, but instead wants official recognition that he/she has specific training and instruction in neuroscience, can receive a Certificate in the Neurosciences.

Admission Requirements
A bachelor’s degree in any field with a 3.00 GPA or higher. Students already enrolled in a master’s or doctoral degree at URI are eligible to apply. Students not in a graduate degree program may also apply.

Program Requirements
Students will be required to successfully complete 12 credits of neuroscience coursework including NEU 503.

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