Graduate Program

Program Overview

The graduate program in the Department of Behavioral Neuroscience offers a doctor of philosophy degree. The program emphasizes basic science training in behavioral neuroscience with a specialization in the following areas: more

Brief Overview of Program Requirements

Required Coursework

Students complete most of their required coursework during the first 2 years. Thereafter, the majority of the time is spent conducting research under the supervision of a faculty mentor.       

Research Rotations

Students will complete a series of laboratory research rotations during their 1st year and then choose a faculty mentor.       

Research Paper Requirement

All students must fulfill a research paper requirement by the end of the 2nd year (i.e., before the 1st day of class for fall term of the 3rd year). Completion of a Master's thesis may be used to meet this requirement.       

Qualifying Examination

All students must pass a written qualifying examination to advance to candidacy for the Ph.D. by the end of fall term of the 3rd year of training.       

Ph.D. Research Proposal

A written Ph.D. Research Proposal must be submitted by the student and approved by the departmental Dissertation Advisory Committee by the end of the 3rd year.       

Ph.D. Dissertation and Oral Examination

All students must complete a Ph.D. dissertation and pass the Graduate Council Oral Examination. It is generally expected that students will complete this requirement during 5th year of training.


Please note that the above is a brief overview and does not include all detailed program requirements.

Financial Support

The overall record of external funding for research in the Department of Behavioral Neuroscience is excellent. The combined annual total of grant funds awarded to our faculty last year was approximately $10.9 million. The department also maintains ongoing research training programs funded by the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), and the National Institute on Aging.   more

Admission to the Program

Specific Details Regarding Submission of Your Application

Please visit the Admissions section OHSU's Graduate Studies website.

General Requirements

For admission to Oregon Health & Science University graduate school, students must have obtained the following... more

Program Requirements

Applications are encouraged from students who have completed undergraduate coursework in biopsychology (e.g., physiological psychology, neurobiology, or behavioral neuroscience), or the other basic science areas that provide the background required for graduate training in behavioral neuroscience (e.g., biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, math, or statistics).  more

Prospective Student FAQ

Please visit the Prospective Student FAQ section of OHSU's Graduate Studies website.