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Behavioral Neuroscience

The doctoral program in behavioral neuroscience is research-intense and highly individualized. The program emphasizes three principle areas of scientific training: breadth of knowledge, analytical and methodological skills, and scientific communication skills.

Research experience is a core component of the student's graduate training. Students can tap into an extensive network of collaborative research projects among our research laboratories, and also between our own faculty/students and researchers outside Binghamton University, including several foreign scientific groups.

The department does not believe that all graduate students should fit into the same mold; training for each graduate student is therefore individualized so that no two students follow the same course schedule or engage in the same research activities. Coursework appropriate to the student's field of interest is emphasized in the first several years, and specialized seminars are available throughout the student's graduate career. Students choose the details of their areas of study in collaboration with their graduate mentors.

The behavioral neuroscience program is highly selective, accepting only a few students each year. While prior academic performance, test scores and letters of recommendation are considered by the faculty, another important factor for admission is a convergence of research interests between prospective students and the faculty.R

Recent doctoral graduates have gone on to post doctoral appointments at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University College Cork, Medical University of South Carolina, and the University of Alabama Birmingham School of Medicine. Other appointments include an assistant professorship at Bluefield State College, and an appointment at the Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes at the National Institute of Health. 

Graduate Degrees Offered

  • PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience

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Application Deadlines

Review of applications will begin on December 15; later arriving applications will be considered on a space available basis.

  Fall Admission Spring Admission
PhD December 15 n/a

Admission Requirements*

The standards maintained by The Graduate School and individual departments and programs are applied to ensure that applicants admitted to the University are well qualified and trained to study at this institution and have a reasonable expectation of successfully completing a graduate program, and who, with the benefit of graduate education, are most likely to contribute substantially to their academic or professional fields.

To be eligible, you must have and provide:

  • A bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university
  • Complete set of your undergraduate and graduate transcripts. At minimum, a 3.0 GPA is required. See details.

Note: An undergraduate degree in psychology is desirable, but a degree in another field does not preclude admission

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Online graduate degree application and application fee
  • Transcripts from each college/university which you attended
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement (2-3 pages) describing your reasons for pursuing graduate study, your career aspirations, your special interests within your field, and any unusual features of your background that might need explanation or be of interest to your program's admissions committee.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages)
  • Official GRE scores

And, for international applicants:

  • International Student Financial Statement form (PDF)
  • Official bank statement/proof of support
  • Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic scores

*This information is subject to change. While we make every effort to keep it accurate and up-to-date, we recommend you contact the department for program-specific requirements.

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Mary Ellen Gates, Secretary to the Graduate Director

Behavioral Neuroscience website

Department of Psychology website

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Last Updated: 1/23/15