Neuroscience

Details

Admits Fall term for Ph.D. program; application deadline is December 1st.

Please see our website for further details: http://neuroscience.med.umich.edu/admission.

Program Code: 00336

Program Overview

The Neuroscience Graduate Program at the University of Michigan was constituted in 1971, making it the longest-standing neuroscience training program in the United States. The Program is interdisciplinary and inter-departmental with faculty and students located in the Medical School, the College of Literature, Arts, and Sciences, the Dental School, the School of Kinesiology, and the School of Public Health. We are a collegial and interactive group that performs research across the breadth of the neuroscience field.

Neuroscience graduate students on this campus form a cohesive group that promotes interactions among the faculty, making the Neuroscience Graduate Program the nexus of the neuroscience community. A Ph.D. in Neuroscience provides tremendous flexibility in choosing one's career path. Our program captures the excitement and interaction intrinsic to the field of neuroscience.

Faculty

Program Director
Ed Stuenkel, Ph.D.

The Neuroscience Graduate Program includes over 100 faculty members representing more than 20 basic and clinical science departments in the Medical School, the College of Literature, Arts, and Sciences, the Dental School, the School of Kinesiology, and the School of Public Health.

 

Degree Programs

Doctor of Philosophy

Admission

Ph.D. admission requirements can also be seen on our website at http://neuroscience.med.umich.edu/admission.

The most important criterion for admission to the Program is a demonstrated aptitude for and commitment to laboratory research in neuroscience. A Bachelors degree or its equivalent is required. Prior to admission an applicant is expected to have obtained preparation in the following:

  • Introductory biology (other courses such as cell biology, physiology, and genetics are recommended)
  • Introductory neuroscience or physiological psychology or animal behavior
  • Mathematics through calculus
  • One year of physics
  • Inorganic and organic chemistry
  • Introductory biochemistry

A completed application requires Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test scores. An Advanced Test is not required.

Contact

Neuroscience
Rachel Flaten
4137 Undergraduate Science Bldg
204 Washtenaw Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Phone: (734) 763-9638
Fax: (734) 647-0717
E-mail: rachelfk@umich.edu or neuroscience.program@umich.edu
Website: http://neuroscience.med.umich.edu/

Courses

The following courses constitute the range of approved offerings at the time of the assembly of the publication. Not all of the courses listed below are available for registration. Please see the Schedule of Classes on the Office of the Registrar's website for course offerings by term. The final authority for changes in course offerings rests with the academic departments.

Neuroscience (Subject Code: NEUROSCI)
510.  Intr Excitable Membr.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: NULL  (1 credits)

520/PSYCH 533.  Sleep Neurobiology.  Required pre-requisite: Senior or Above  Advisory pre-requisite: BIOLOGY 222, MCDB 422, or PSYCH 230; and permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

570/ANATOMY 570.  Hum Neuroanat I.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Admission in Anatomy or approval on consultation.  (3 credits)

571/ANATOMY 571.  Hum Neuroanat II.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Knowledge of neuroanatomy  (2 credits)

601/MCDB 610.  Principles Neuro I.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Enrollment in a Ph.D. program. Graduate students in Master's degree programs may register only with the permission of the instructor.  (3 credits)

602.  Princ Neurosc II.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Enrollment in a Ph.D. program. Graduate students in the Master's degree programs may register only with the permission of the instructor  (3 credits)

610.  Excitable Membranes.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Previous or concurrent enrollment in NEUROSCI 623  (2 credits)

611/MCDB 611.  Neurochem/Neuropharm.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Enrollment in a Ph.D. program. Graduate students in Master's degree programs may register only with the permission of the instructor.  (1 credits)

612.  Neural Development.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Enrollment in a PhD program and permission of instructor  (1 credits)

613/MCDB 613.  Circuits/Comp NS.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Enrollment in a Ph.D. program. Graduate students in Master's degree programs may register only with the permission of the instructor.  (1 credits)

614.  Sensory&Systems NS.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Enrollment in a Ph.D program. Graduate students in the Master's degree programs may register with the permission of the instructor.  (1 credits)

615.  Cog & Behav Neurosci.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Enrollment in a Ph.D. program. Graduate students in the Master's degree programs may register only with the permission of the instructor  (1 credits)

616.  Translational NS.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Enrollment in a Ph.D program. Graduate students in the Master's degree programs may register with the permission of the instructor.  (1 credits)

619/PHRMACOL 619/CHEMBIO 619/BIOLCHEM 619/BIOPHYS 619.  Struc Basis-Drug Act.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: For graduate students who have completed their first year of core classes in Pharmacology or any related program. Students, including senior undergrads, who do not fulfill this prerequisite, will need to obtain permission of instructor.  (2 credits)

622/ANATOMY 622/BIOLOGY 622.  Cell&Mole Neur.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Concurrent enrollment in MCDB 422 and permission of instructor. Graduate standing.  (2 credits)

623/MCDB 623.  Molecular Neuro Lab.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Concurrent enrollment in Neuroscience 601 or previous completion of Neuroscience 601  (3 credits)

625/ANATOMY 625/BIOLOGY 625.  Syst Neurobiol.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Concurrent enrollment in MCDB 425; Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (1 credits)

645/BIOLCHEM 645.  Sgl Trnsdct&Reg Dev.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: NULL  (2 credits)

682/CDB 682/HUMGEN 682/PATH 682/CMBIOL 682/PHYSIOL 682/MCDB 683.  Org Complex Tiss.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate Cell biology recommended, but not required. Graduate standing.  (2 credits)

684/PHYSIOL 684/BIOLOGY 686/CDB 684/HUMGEN 684/PATH 684/CMBIOL 684.  Org Complex Tiss.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate Cell biology recommended, but not required. Graduate standing.  (2 credits)

685/HUMGEN 685/CDB 685/PATH 685/PHYSIOL 685/BIOLOGY 687/CMBIOL 685.  Org Complex Tiss.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate Cell biology recommended, but not required. Graduate standing.  (1 credits)

691/PHYSIOL 691.  Cel Neurophysiology.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: PER.INSTR.  (2 credits)

692/PHYSIOL 692.  Sys&Integ Neurophys.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Instructor permission.  (2 credits)

693/PHYSIOL 693/ANATOMY 693.  Cell&Integ Neurophys.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Instructor permission.  (4 credits)

700.  Neurosci Sem.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Doctoral standing in Neuroscience.  (1 to 3 credits)

701.  Special Topics.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: NULL  (1 to 3 credits)

702.  Readings:Sensory.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Instructor permission  (1 to 3 credits)

703.  Readings:Devlpmntal.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Instructor permission  (1 to 3 credits)

704.  Readings:Integrative.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Instructor permission  (1 to 3 credits)

705.  Readings:Cell&Molec.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Instructor permission  (1 to 3 credits)

721/BIOLCHEM 721/PHRMACOL 721/BIOLOGY 721.  Neuro&Neuroph.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: BIOLCHEM 415. Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (2 credits)

731/NEUROL 731.  Cln Neurosci.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: NEUROSCI 690 or equivalent or Permission of Instructor.  (2 credits)

750.  Biol Psychiatry.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Permission of instructor.  (1 to 2 credits)

800.  Neurosci Res Method.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (1 to 9 credits)

801.  Neurosci Res Method.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing and NEUROSCI 800 or equivalent.  (1 to 9 credits)

990.  Diss-Precand.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Election for dissertation work by doctoral student not yet admitted as a Candidate.  (1 to 8 credits)

995.  Diss-Cand.  Required pre-requisite: Candidate  Advisory pre-requisite: NULL  (4 or 8 credits)

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Program Statistics: Ph.D.

Ph.D. Admissions
Fall 2015 5 Year Average
Number of applications 123 213
Number of new doctoral students 15 15
Ph.D. Enrollment
Fall 2015 5 Year Average
Total enrollment 58 55
Female 55% 53%
Male 45% 47%
International 5% 4%
U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident 95% 96%
Ph.D. Enrollment, U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident, by Race
Fall 2015 5 Year Average
African American 4% 3%
Asian American 7% 10%
Hispanic (one or more races) 24% 21%
Native American 0% 0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0%
White 62% 64%
Two or more races (excludes Hispanic) 2% 1%
Not indicated 2% 1%
Ph.D. Degree
2015 5 Year Average
Number of degrees awarded 8 9
Median years to Ph.D. 6.39 5.74
Percent of students who entered the doctoral program between 2000-01 and 2004-05 and completed the Ph.D. as of August 31, 2015 82%
Percent of students who entered the doctoral program between 2005-06 and 2009-10 and completed the Ph.D. as of August 31, 2015 71%
Funding (external funding paid directly to Ph.D. students, without being disbursed by the University, is not included)
2015 5 Year Average
Enrolled Ph.D. students with tuition AND stipend support 96% 96%
Enrolled Ph.D. students with tuition OR stipend support (in many cases, students competed successfully for external funding and did not need additional financial support) 2% 1%
Enrolled Ph.D. students who received no financial support (in many cases, students competed successfully for external funding and did not need additional financial support) 2% 3%
Ph.D. Placement Data
Position type tenth year after graduation, 2002 - 2006 cohorts Position type fifth year after graduation, 2007 - 2011 cohorts Position type first year after graduation, 2011 - 2015 cohorts
Tenure-track faculty 49% 7% 2%
Postdoctoral / Traineeship / Fellowship 3% 61% 70%
Non-Tenure Track Faculty / University Researcher / University Administrator 16% 4% 0%
Business / Industry 16% 20% 7%
Other professional employment / Government / Non-Profit 5% 6% 4%
Not employed 0% 0% 13%
No data available 11% 2% 4%
Total Ph.D.s awarded 37 54 46

Program statistics are updated annually in December. Last updated December 24, 2015.