Research course

Neuroscience Ph.D. program

University of Texas Health Science Center - San Antonio · University of Texas Health Science Center - San Antonio

Entry requirements

Completion of a Bachelor's or Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in the United States or an equivalent degree from another institution. Completion of two years of undergraduate biology, one year each of inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, and at least one semester of calculus. Overall GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).

Months of entry


Course content

The Neuroscience track provides training in areas ranging from molecular, cellular, and neurochemical to systems, behavioral, and clinical, all focused on regulation and function of the nervous system.

In addition to discipline-specific fundamental and elective courses, we offer an array of research rotation opportunities, upper-level elective courses, and a broad selection of faculty dedicated to mentoring graduate students in dissertation research. Neuroscience students also participate in a number of enrichment opportunities, including journal clubs, seminars, an annual retreat, brain awareness week activities, and social functions.

Students are encouraged to present their research in a variety of settings, to attend professional meetings locally, nationally and internationally, and to publish their work in high impact peer-reviewed journals. A highly interactive community of faculty, post-doctoral fellows, laboratory staff and students provide a challenging, stimulating and supportive environment within which our students develop into successful neuroscientists.

Our students boast an impressive record of obtaining support by NRSA fellowships and training grants, and our graduates have a strong record of placement in outstanding post-doctoral and other professional positions.

Department specialisms

Neurophysiology Behavioral neuroscience Neuroscience of Psychiatric disorders Neurobiology of pain Neurodegenerative disorders Neuroendocrinology Neurochemistry

Information for international students

The minimum required score for the TOEFL is 68 for iBT. The minimum score for the academic version of the IELTS test is 6.5. Scores for either test must have been taken within two years of applying for admission.

Fees and funding

Students receive a stipend of $26,000. Tuition, fees, and basic student health insurance are covered by the program. Typically tuition is covered by the program in the first year and by faculty mentor or other grant sources thereafter.

Qualification and course duration


full time
60 months

Course contact details

Charlotte Anthony