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Neuroscience (Graduate)

Conduct innovative research alongside nationally and internationally recognized faculty to understand complex biological systems and develop breakthroughs in neuroscience.

Neuroscience – Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

In the Neuroscience doctoral program at Montana State, candidates are equipped to develop comprehensive understandings of complex neurological systems in order create new knowledge in several key areas of the field. Candidates work with award-winning faculty, whose research interests cover a wide range of topics, with a special emphasis on cell biology, neurobiology, developmental biology, physiology, anatomy, biophysics and neuroinformatics. As part of the Cell Biology & Neuroscience program at Montana State, Neuroscience graduate students are all 100% funded by external grants – leaving the stress for funding off the shoulders of the candidates, so that they can completely focus on their studies.



Neuroscience students are able to work with such researchers as professor FrancesLefcort, whose research collaboration onfamilial dysautonomia – a disease which attacks and devastates the nervous system – with fellow professors Seth Walk and Valerie Copié earned the group a $2.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health in 2018.



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Adventure Awaits
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Mentorship from the Best
Award-winning faculty work side-by-side with Neuroscience doctoral students on a number of projects.

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Carnegie Clasified
The prestigious Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education® ranks Montana State University among the Top 5 public, 4-year universities for Very High Research Activity with a STEM-dominant research doctoral program.




Fund Your Education

The Graduate School at Montana State is dedicated to helping students secure funding during their time at MSU. Some resources the College of Letters & Science and the Graduate School offer includes:

Additionally, all graduate students within the Cell Biology & Neuroscience Program are 100% funded by external grants.


As part of the Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Neuroscience students are able to conduct research in a state-of-the-art facility with core laboratories for flow cytometry, cell biology and molecular sciences, as well as pathogen containment facilities for small (BSL-3) and large animal research (ABSL-2). Additionally, instrumentation suites house equipment for DNA sequencing, genomic analysis, flow cytometry and cell sorting, and confocal microscopy.





Admissions Requirements

Note: no GRE Required.

Each program within the Graduate School at Montana State has its own particular requirements for admission, and the Neuroscience program is not different. To ensure that you start your application on the right foot, please review the admissions requirements for the Neuroscience program. This includes any additional deadlines that the College of Letters & Science may have aside from the Graduate School, which does practice rolling admissions.