M.S., Ph.D.


The Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program involves faculty from the departments of Biological Sciences; Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences; Chemistry; Cell and Molecular Biology; Communicative Disorders; Electrical, Biomedical, and Computer Engineering; Mechanical, Industrial, and Systems Engineering; Psychology; and Physical Therapy. It is administered by the Graduate School and an executive committee appointed by the dean of each participating college.

Executive Committee: Professor Zawia, chair, Professor Lisa Weyandt, Associate Professors Besio, Mahler, Assistant Professor Camberg, Adjunct Professor Mosley Austin, Research Professor Renehan.

Faculty: Professors Dash, Dufresne, Faghri, Faust, Hufnagel, Kass-Simon, Kay, Kumaresan, Ohley, Sun, Webb, Weyandt, Willis, and Zawia; Associate Professors Agostinucci, Besio, DeBoef, Goren, Kim, Kovoor, Mahler, Martin, Seeram, Slitt, and Sun; Assistant Professors Camburg, Fournier, He, Mankodiya, and Worthen; Adjunct Professors Anagnostopoulos, DiCecco, Mosley Austin, and Snyder, Research Professor Renehan.


Dementia and aging; central nervous system disorders; cellular, molecular, and behavioral neurobiology; and computational intelligence.

Master of Science

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.

Students will be competitive for admission if they meet the minimum GRE requirements (a combined verbal and quantitative score of 300), a minimum GPA of 3.00. Strong letters of recommendation and  statement of purpose outlining previous research experience are also part of a competitive application. 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: 18-22 in required coursework, 6-8 in research, and 1-6 in electives. Required courses include: NEU 502, 503, 504; PSY 532; as well as at least one credit of NEU 581/582. A thesis proposal and successful defense of thesis are required. In the final semester, a formal presentation of thesis research is required in 581/582.

Doctor of Philosophy

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. Registration in NEU 581 and 582 is required for one year, and successful completion of NEU 502, 503, and 504 are required, as well as PSY 532 and one additional statistics or computational analysis course. 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. In the final semester, a formal presentation of thesis research is required in 581/582.

Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Interdisciplinary 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 Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Interdisciplinary Neuroscience.

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 12-16 credits of neuroscience coursework including NEU 503.