M.D. / Ph.D. Requirements

Requirements for MD/PhD Students Working Toward a PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience

(08/16/2000; modified 04/19/2004)

The M.D./Ph.D. student is required to do the following to receive a Ph.D. in Behavioral Neuroscience:

  • Rotate through at least two BEHN laboratories during the first two summer terms of Medical School.
  • Complete the BEHN Core courses. (*)
  • Register for and participate in the weekly graduate seminar, BEHN 607: Seminar in Behavioral Neuroscience (1 hour) during all terms (except Summer) until they have completed the PhD degree. [PhD candidates may be allowed to register as an "audit" during the term in which they defend their dissertation with the permission of the Graduate Program Director].
  • Take the currently required 9 hours of BEHN elective courses.
  • Complete the Research Paper Requirement (timing may be modified to fit the MD/PhD schedule).
  • Pass the Qualifying Examinations.
  • Complete a Dissertation Project and Manuscript.
  • Successfully defend the dissertation before returning to medical school

Note: These students may substitute their medical school courses for the Basic Science Core requirement.


(*) Current core courses (subject to change)

  • BEHN 612: Statistics (3 hours)
  • BEHN 613: Advanced Statistics (3 hours)
  • BEHN 615: Learning & Conditioning (4 hours) OR BEHN 625: Behavioral Genetics (3 hours) [which of these is required depends on the student's chosen "Track"]
  • BEHN 618: Behavioral Neuroscience (3 hours)