Neuroscience, Doctoral/PhD

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The Graduate Program in Neuroscience trains outstanding graduate students to earn a PhD degree in Neuroscience.

We are an interdisciplinary program spanning several Departments in the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, and Nursing. Our alumni fill top-tier academic, government, and industry positions worldwide. Our curriculum emphasizes critical thinking and experimental design through an innovative applied learning model. This coursework is completed within the first 16 months, after which students perform full-time dissertation research in a laboratory chosen from 2-3 laboratory rotations completed in the first year.

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Program Details

Program Length

4-6 years

Cost/Credit Hour

In State: $638
Out of State: $1102

Those accepted into the program receive tuition remission (as well as health care benefits and an annual stipend)

  • Online application 
  • $75 application fee 
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts 
  • 300–500 word essay
  • Proof of English language proficiency
  • CV or resume

Dates & Deadlines

Application Deadline: December 1

Program Contacts


Dr. Jennifer McFarland
Academic Services Specialist 


Dr. Todd Gould
Program Director
410. 706.5585

Dr. Thomas Longden
Associate Program Director


  • Meet Your Faculty

    Our GPILS programs consist of faculty in the basic science and clinical departments of the School of Medicine, School of Dentistry, School of Nursing, and a wide array of internationally recognized organized research centers and institutes on campus including the Center for Vaccine Development, the Center for Vascular and Inflammatory Diseases, the Institute for Genome Science, the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center, and the Institute of Human Virology, in addition to collaborations with the other University of Maryland campuses.

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