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Masters Program for Non-Tulane Undergraduates

Tulane University offers a Master of Science degree in Neuroscience for students with baccalaureate degrees from other institutions.  Students in the M.S. program take courses relevant to their interests in Neuroscience and related fields.  Completion of an empirical master’s thesis under the guidance of an advisor who is a member of the Neuroscience Graduate Faculty is optional.  The mission of the M.S. program is to prepare students for admission to doctoral programs in the neurosciences, for admission to medical or other profession schools, or the workforce.  Completion of the M.S. program does not guarantee acceptance to Tulane's Ph.D. programs or medical school.


Dr. Beth Wee, PhD | Program Director
Email: bwee@tulane.edu

Dr. Sara Clark | Professor of Practice - Program advisor
Phone: 504-862-3364
Email: sclark4@tulane.edu

Porshia Evans | Neuroscience Program Coordinator
Neuroscience Office: 200 Flower Hall
Phone: 504-862-3305
Email: pevans3@tulane.edu

NSCI MS graduation May 2019

Admission Criteria

Acceptance into the program is competitive and based on the decision of a Steering Committee comprised of faculty members of the Neuroscience Graduate Program.  Candidates should have demonstrated knowledge of college level biology, chemistry, and physics and exhibit the potential for graduate study. Successful applicants should have an undergraduate GPA of ~3.4 and grades of B or better in their science courses.

Students may enter the program during either the fall or spring semester of any academic year. The deadline for receipt of the COMPLETED APPLICATION, INCLUDING ALL SUPPORTING MATERIALS is June 1 to start in the fall semester and October 15 to start in the spring semester. For application inquiries, please email pevans3@tulane.edu

Required materials to be included in your application:

  1. Completed Tulane Graduate School application form
  2. Completed statement of purpose
  3. Undergraduate and graduate transcripts. Unofficial transcripts may be used for review. Formal acceptance can only be issued after official transcripts are furnished.
  4. Letters of recommendation from three faculty members who have had you in courses, with at least two of the recommendations being from faculty who had you in science courses.

Non-native English speakers must demonstrate an adequate command of the English language. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores or other evidence of English Proficiency are required. A minimum TOEFL score of 600 points on the written exam, 250 on the computerized exam, or 90 on the internet-based exam is required. For more information about the TOEFL, visit the TOEFL website or contact ETS. When requesting ETS to send your score to the Neuroscience Graduate Program, please use our university code (6173) and departmental code (99).

Contact Porshia Evans in the Neuroscience Program regarding specific admission procedures.


The cost of the Masters Program for Non-Tulane Undergraduates for the Academic Year starting Fall 2020 is $25,142, which is $12,571 per semester. There is approximately $2,086 in fees that will be added with tuition cost. In addition, all students are required to have health insurance while enrolled at Tulane. Students may elect to enroll in the Tulane sponsored health insurance plan which is $2,938 this year. You can expect to pay anywhere from $500-1,000 per month for rent.

Tuition and fees for all university schools are determined per fiscal year by university administration. The most recent tuition and fees table can be found on the Accounts Receivable website.

There is no internal funding available for the MS program. Students should contact Tulane Financial Aid for FASFA and/or private loan information.


Consistent with the training model for our doctoral students, each M.S. student follows an individualized program of study.  Most students concentrate on a specific area of Neuroscience, and their course work reflects that focus.  The degree requires 30 credits at the graduate level.  Courses should be chosen in consultation with Dr. Beth Wee or Dr. Sara Clark.  For a list of faculty members for students interested in research visit brain.tulane.edu

Duration of Study

Students may enter the program during either the fall or spring semester of any academic year. Students must complete their degree requirements within two academic semesters. Additional semesters may incur additional tuition and student fees, per credit.

Neuroscience Education at Tulane University

Tulane offers an undergraduate major in Neuroscience (B.S.) within the School of Science and Engineering that is the fastest growing major on campus. The 4+1 Program in Neuroscience provides Tulane graduates with training for one additional year beyond the baccalaureate degree. The Neuroscience Graduate Program (Ph.D.) is an interdepartmental graduate program at Tulane. The mission of the program is to provide Ph.D. students with a broad education in the theoretical and practical aspects of Neuroscience research and teaching.

Course List for the M.S. Degree in Neuroscience at Tulane University

View a list of all graduate courses available to graduate students in neuroscience.