Basic Degree Information/Description
The Department of Biology offers a doctoral program leading to a Ph.D. in Neuroscience. The program offers students a foundation in the study of brain structure, function, and behavior. First year coursework gives students a strong background in electrical and chemical signaling, brain circuits, experimental design, and data analysis. Students also complete a series of three lab rotations before beginning their dissertation projects. The program includes a weekly lunch and lecture series with speakers from across the country, providing all students with an extended network in the scientific community.
Why pursue a Ph.D. in Neuroscience?
The program faculty is highly interactive diverse. There are multiple opportunities for cross-lab research and mentoring.
The program is enriched by the UTSA Neurosciences Institute, which hosts annual research symposia, podcasts from world-renowned neuroscientists, and activities that promote research collaboration.
Student have the opportunity to work collaboratively using multidisciplinary approaches to advance our basic understanding of the brain and brain disorders through the UTSA Brain Health Consortium.
| Required Degree
||Bachelor's degree, preferably in biology and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in upper division and graduate work.
| Other Degree Requirements
Admission to the program is limited and competitive. Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Competitive applicants often exceed minimum requirements.
For more specific requirements, please visit the Online Graduate Catalog.
| General University Requirements
||Must meet university wide requirements.
||A completed a Graduate School application.
||Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.
| Resume or Curriculum Vitae
| Letters of Recommendation
|| Three letters of recommendation are required from academic or professional sources familiar with the applicant’s background, attesting to the student’s academic and personal attributes for success in the program and potential for contributing substantially to a field of study related to the degree.
| Statement of Purpose
||Required, a written personal statement/essay describing research interests and purpose for pursuing the Ph.D. in Neuroscience.
| Test Scores
||Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores from a recent (no more than five years old) administration of the examination.
| Evaluation of Foreign Credentials
All applicants including non-U.S. citizens (International), U.S. Citizens, and permanent residents who have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions are required to submit official transcripts along with an evaluation of the transcripts from Foreign Credentials Service of America.
- An approved evaluation requires a detailed course-by-course evaluation. Summaries will not be accepted.
- Foreign credential evaluations must be received by the application deadline for your application to be processed.
- Foreign Credentials Service of America in Austin, TX is the only accepted evaluation agency. They can be reached at (512) 459-8429, firstname.lastname@example.org, or online at https://www.foreigncredentials.org/our-services/apply-now/.
- If you need a request form, please visit the FCSA website to access the form here.
| International Applicants
||Must meet international graduate student admission requirements
- IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5.
- TOEFL: Minimum scores of 79 or 60 for Internet or paper versions, respectively.
||Program is Full-Time.
Career Options Available for a Ph.D. in Neuroscience 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
Research taking place in the Neuroscience (Ph.D.) program
Program faculty employ a wide range of research approaches and techniques that span the spectrum of the field, from molecular to cognitive neuroscience. Our highly interactive and diverse faculty maintain research programs with strengths in motivation, reward, and addiction, electrical signaling, computational neurobiology, language and auditory processing, neurodegeneration, CNS patterning and cell fate, and learning and memory.
- The department offers competitive stipend support throughout a student’s tenure in the program. In addition, all tuition and fees will be paid. Entering students are 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 participation in the neuroscience Ph.D. program is considered a full-time activity.