Program in Neuroscience Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences Emory University

Program in Neuroscience Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences Emory University

Atlanta, GA
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
December 1
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
1 Degree Offered
degrees offered


A Top Graduate Program in Neuroscience

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 U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (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 that creates a supportive atmosphere for success.

First-Rate Research Centers and Facilities

Research in neuroscience is conducted at the 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, 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. The faculty are quite accomplished, and Stephen Warren is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and Mahlon DeLong is a member of The American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Excellent Career Opportunities

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

The program has over 200 alumni who compete very successfully for post-doctoral and faculty positions in academia, as well as jobs in industry, government, and research institutes.

Doctoral Program Coursework and Research

During their first two years students complete both required and elective courses on topics such as neuroanatomy,, communication and ethics, and techniques in neuroscience. Students also complete three laboratory rotations in order to select doctoral advisors and dissertation topics. During the summer following their first year students participate in a two-day Teaching Assistant Training and Teaching Opportunity (TATTO) Program. Students take written qualifying exams for the doctoral program at the end of their first year.

Students begin work on their theses during their second year and finalize their thesis proposals in the beginning of their third year, during which they also take oral qualifying exams. They later defend their dissertation both orally and in writing.

Competitive Financial Support

Students in 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 2015-16 academic year is $29,000. In addition, several competitive fellowships are offered to outstanding applicants each year. These fellowships provide students with supplements to their stipends that range from $2,500 to $5,000 per year for five years, depending on the award.

Living in Atlanta

Emory University is located in a beautiful, wooded area of northeast Atlanta, Georgia, just four 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
    • 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 *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • 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