Program in Neurobiology and Behavior College of Arts and Sciences Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Program in Neurobiology and Behavior College of Arts and Sciences Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Stony Brook, NY
student ratio
Not Reported
total students
average amount to complete degree
January 15
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
1 Degree Offered
degrees offered


Neuroscience at Stony Brook

The Graduate Program in Neuroscience at Stony Brook University offers multi-institutional-based training programs for students interested in careers in the neurosciences leading to an MS, Ph.D or MD/PhD degree. Students can enter the Graduate Program in Neuroscience from their undergraduate training or through the MD/PhD program at Stony Brook University.

The Graduate Program provides broad education in neuroscience, experience in teaching, and the opportunity to pursue original thesis research in over forty laboratories. The program faculty includes neuroscientists at Stony Brook University, recently ranked number two in the Graham/Diamond study of public research universities; at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, a renowned private research institute; and at Brookhaven National Laboratory, a leading multidisciplinary research facility of the US Department of Energy.

Research Facilities

The Graduate Neuroscience Program is centered in the Stony Brook University Department of Neurobiology and Behavior and includes faculty members from a wide range of university departments including Pharmacology, Physiology, Psychiatry, Neurology, Biochemistry, Chemistry and Psychology. Additional ties with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and Brookhaven National Laboratory further enrich the research and academic environments in neuroscience. As a result Master's and Ph.D students have diverse opportunities for laboratory research and collaboration.

Students also have at their disposal numerous onsite, cutting edge core facilities including: imaging (e.g., light and electron microscopy, fluorescence measurements on both conventional, confocal and multi-photon microscopes, and brain mapping with MRI and PET) behavioral testing (human, rodent, fish), electrophysiology (in vivo and in vitro, single and multiunit, intra and extracellular), proteomics, cell culture, genomics, stem cell and viral production cores.

Student Outcomes

New graduates accept diverse appointments in neuroscience at teaching and/or research institutions, government agencies, or in the private sector (e.g., industry and communications).

Graduate Admissions

A State University in the Shadow of New York City

Located on 1,000 acres on the north shore of Long Island, Stony Brook University is just 60 miles east of New York City. Students have access to the rich cultural activities, museums, libraries, and entertainment in New York City via the university's on-campus rail station.

Stony Brook students enjoy various recreational activities throughout the year, particularly outdoor activities at the nearby West Meadow Beach and the campus hiking and biking trails. Stony Brook University features a wide variety of student services and facilities, including a medical center, residence halls, fitness centers, and 8 campus libraries.

Location & Contact

Program in Neurobiology and Behavior

College of Arts and Sciences
Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Nicolls Road
Stony Brook, NY 11794
United States

Dr. Lorna Role

Director, PhD Program

Phone: 631-632-8616
Fax: 631-632-6661

Odalis Hernandez


Phone: 631-632-8078
Fax: 631-632-6661

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Neuroscience Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees 6
    • 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? Not reported
    • 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


17% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 97
    • Accepted 10
    • Acceptance Rate 17
    • Enrolled 5
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $100
    • Application Fee - International $100
    • Electronic applications accepted? Not Reported
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 15th Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline October 1st Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test, GRE Subject Test, minimum GPA of 3.0
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & Fees$4,685
    • *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, Research Assitantships, Teaching Assistantships, Federal Work-Study

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students36
    • Female Percentage47%
    • Male Percentage53%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students36
    • Part-time Percentage6%
    • Full-time Percentage94%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino12%
    • Black / African American12%
    • White / Caucasian40%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian12%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races8%
    • Unknown16%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty17
    • Full-time Percentage88%
    • Part-time Percentage12%
    • Female Percentage18%
    • Male Percentage82%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchBiophysics; neurochemistry; cellular, developmental, and integrative neurobiology
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$4,991,092