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Program in Neuroscience Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences Emory University

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Private
  • Suburban
  • 59%41%
    student ratio
  • 104
    total students
  • $34,800 | $34,800
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • December 1
    fall application deadline
  • 13%
    acceptance rate
  • 1 Degree
    degrees offered


A Top Graduate Program in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics

The Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences (GDBBS) at Emory University offers a Ph.D. program in neuroscience.

Neuroscience research at Emory has grown dramatically in the last decade. The program includes over 120 neuroscientists drawn from the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and 22 university and medical school departments. These include the Department of Pharmacology, which "The Scientist" magazine ranked number 1 in the world; the Department of Neurology, which is ranked 3rd in the nation in total NIH funding; and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, which is ranked 9th in the nation for total research funding.

In addition, Emory's neuroscience program was ranked number 1 for overall student satisfaction in the National Doctoral Program Survey, in part due to the high level of interaction between faculty members and students, and a mentoring system which creates a supportive atmosphere for success.

First-Rate Research Centers and Facilities

Graduate students in neuroscience benefit from the program's Core Facilities, some of which are shared with the Emory University School of Medicine. Research in neuroscience is conducted at Yerkes Functional Brain Imaging Center, Advanced Imaging Research (AIR) Center, Robert P. Apkarian Integrated Electron Microscopy Core, Biomarkers Core Lab, Transgenic Mouse and Gene Targeting Core, Core Facility for Flow Cytometry, The Rodent Behavioral Core, and the NINDS Core Facilities, which include the Neuropathology and Histochemistry Core, the Viral Vector Core, the Microscopy Core, the Genetics and Expression Core, and the Proteomics Core.

These facilities place an abundance of state-of-the-art equipment at the fingers of graduate student researchers. Neuroscience doctoral students also have access to high performance computing clusters to run bioinformatics algorithms and complex neural simulations.

Research Opportunities in Neuroscience

Graduate students conduct research in one of several fields that are actively investigated by neuroscience faculty members. These include behavioral neuroscience; computational neuroscience; cellular, molecular, and development neuroscience; neuropharmacology; neurological and psychiatric diseases; motor control and movement science; and systems neuroscience.

Excellent Career Opportunities

Graduates of the program are skilled and confident researchers who typically have between 3 and 4 publications as well as honors, which include National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Fellowships, Predoctoral NRSA Awards, and other awards from institutes and organizations.

The program has over 150 alumni who compete very successfully for post-doctoral degree and faculty member positions in academia, as well as for jobs in industry, government, and research institutes.

Doctoral Program Coursework and Research

During their first 2 years, students complete both required and elective courses on topics such as neuroanatomy and systems, communication and ethics, and techniques in neuroscience. Students also complete 3 laboratory rotations in order to select doctoral advisers and dissertation topics. Students take written qualifying exams for the doctoral program at the end of their 1st years.

Students begin work on their theses during their 2nd years and finalize their thesis proposals in their 3rd years, during which they also take oral qualifying exams. They also finish coursework during their 3rdyears and conduct dissertation research which they later defend both orally and in writing.

An Engaged and Accomplished Faculty

The neuroscience faculty is dedicated to working closely with graduate students and involving them in ground-breaking research.

Professor Sheila Keilholz develops imaging methods to study networks of brain activity in humans and rodents. Professor Heather Kimmel explores the behavioral pharmacology of cocaine and other psychomotor stimulants in nonhuman primates. Professor Michelle LaPlaca investigates tissue engineering and injury biomechanics as they relate to traumatic spinal cord and brain injury.

Professor Steve DeWeerth develops real-time, dynamic models of neuronal systems and studies the interfacing of these models with living neuronal tissue. Professor Douglas Falls explores cell-to-cell communication that regulates the development, maintenance, plasticity, and regeneration of vertebrate nervous systems. Professor James Herndon investigates the cognitive decline of rhesus monkeys with advancing age.

Competitive Financial Support

Students at the Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences at Emory receive tuition scholarships, health insurance, and stipends. They enjoy the low cost of living in suburban Atlanta, Georgia.

The stipend for the 2013-14 academic year, for example, was $28,000. In addition, several competitive fellowships are offered to outstanding applicants each year. These fellowships provide students with supplements to their stipends that range from $2,000 to $5,000 per year for 5 years, depending on the award.

Living in Atlanta

Emory University is located in a beautiful, wooded area of northeast Atlanta, Georgia, just 4 miles from downtown. The area serves as a hub of medical research, encompassing both the CDC and the American Cancer Society.

Midtown Atlanta is home to museums, galleries, and cultural activities that students enjoy. Atlanta's temperate climate affords students many opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, rafting, and camping.

Location & Contact

Program in Neuroscience

Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Emory University

201 Dowman Drive
Atlanta, GA 30322-1100
United States

Dr. Shawn Hochman


Phone: 404-712-3131
Fax: 404-727-2648

Ms. Kathy Smith

Director of Recruitment and Admissions

Phone: 404-727-2547
Fax: 404-727-3322

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Neuroscience Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 2
    • Doctoral Degrees 13
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? No
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Required and Required
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


13% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 233
    • Accepted 32
    • Acceptance Rate 13
    • Enrolled 11
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $75
    • Application Fee - International $75
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline December 1st December 1st Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test, minimum GPA of 3.0 in science course work (recommended)
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *$34,800
    • Out-of-state tuition *$34,800
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this insitution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year fees$1,300.00
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this insitution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Tuition Waivers, Health Care Benefits, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students104
    • Female Percentage59%
    • Male Percentage41%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students104
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Full-time Percentage100%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino6%
    • Black / African American4%
    • White / Caucasian67%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian3%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races4%
    • Unknown16%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty114
    • Full-time Percentage100%
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Female Percentage24%
    • Male Percentage76%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchCell and molecular biology, development, behavior, neurodegenerative disease
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported




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