Doctoral Degree

Biology/Neurobiology (Ph.D.)

Basic Degree Information/Description:

The Department of Biology offers a doctoral program leading to a Ph.D. in Biology with an emphasis in Neurobiology. The program provides students comprehensive education and training. Neuroscience faculty members in the Department of Biology are actively involved in laboratory research seeking understanding into the function of the nervous system in areas of neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neurodevelopment, molecular neurobiology, biophysics, imaging, and neural modeling.

Why pursue a Ph.D. in Neurobiology?

  • Researchers at UTSA engage in the study of the nervous system from molecules to behavior.
  • We have state-of-the-art laboratories and core resources.
  • National reputation in quantitative neurobiology and synaptic plasticity.

Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Admission requirements and pre-requisites: For more specific requirements, please visit the Online Graduate Catalog.

Transcripts: Official transcripts from all institutions attended.  All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.

Graduate Studies Application: Yes

Department Application: No

Test Scores: General GRE Required

Resume: No

Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of recommendation are required.

Statement of Purpose: Yes- statement of future plans

Minimum TOEFL Score (for International Applicants): 600 paper/100 Internet Based Test

Minimum IELTS Score (for International Applicants): 7

Additional Requirements:  International students and those with international degrees may be required to submit additional documents per our admissions policies and procedures. The Graduate School reserves the right to request any additional documents needed to fairly and consistently evaluate applicant credentials.

Full-Time or Part-Time Attendance Requirement: Full-Time

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Application Deadline Dates

Contact Information:

Graduate Advisor of Record: Carlos Paladini, Ph.D.
Email Address: Carlos.Paladini@utsa.edu
Telephone: (210) 458-4474

Degree Website:

Ph.D. in Neurobiology

Degree Catalog Link:

http://www.utsa.edu/gcat/chapter6/COS/biodept.html#phdb

Career Options Available for a Ph.D. in Neurobiology Graduate:

  • Academic (University & Colleges, Med. Research Centers): Research, Teaching, and Administration; Private Industry (Biotech, Pharmaceutical firms, Medical supply and diagnostics): Research, Sales, Administration, and Service; Government (NIH, VA): Research and Administration.

Funding Opportunities:

  • Current stipend support is $27,350 in the form of research stipend or teaching assistantships.  In addition, all tuition and fees will be paid.  Entering students will be encouraged to apply for National Science Foundation as well as National Institutes of Health pre-doctoral fellowship support. For qualified students, the Minority Biomedical Research Support Program supports stipend, tuition and fees, health insurance, and travel to scientific meetings.

Course Scheduling and Offerings:

  • This program is housed on UTSA’s Main Campus
  • Courses and research activities are primarily offered during the day, but opportunities for evening work are available.

Research taking place in the Neurobiology (Ph.D.) program:

  • Neuroscience faculty members in the Department of Biology are actively involved in laboratory research seeking understanding into the function of the nervous system in areas of neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neurodevelopment, molecular neurobiology, biophysics, imaging, and neural modeling. Using state-of-the-art tools for uncovering the secrets of the brain, research at UTSA contributes to our understanding of neuropathologies including Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, schizophrenia, and epilepsy.