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Neuroscience (Master of Science)

The Master of Science in Neuroscience program is only open to current undergraduate Creighton students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience. This accelerated bachelor’s to master’s program is set up for current undergraduate Creighton students to graduate in five years with a bachelor's AND a master’s degree.

Further your understanding of the human nervous system through Creighton University’s Master of Neuroscience program. The human nervous system is responsible for all aspects of human behavior, including thought, perception and movement.  Coursework and a focused laboratory experience are designed to deepen your understanding of the nervous system, regardless of your career goals—whether that’s earning a doctoral degree or a career in research, healthcare or education.

No matter your interests, you’ll have the opportunity to learn from experts in their fields. Our faculty bring a broad wealth of knowledge to this interdisciplinary plan of study and are actively engaged in fields such as biology, chemistry, psychology, pharmacology, behavior, computer science, medicine and rehabilitation sciences.

Invest in Yourself

An advanced degree is a big investment of your time and money. Creighton makes sure every credit hour is worth it, preparing you for future academic and professional success. It may not take as long as you think—Creighton’s MS in Neuroscience program is set up so undergraduate students start taking master’s level classes in May after their junior spring semester. Students will complete both undergraduate and master’s level classes their senior year and finish their master’s program their fifth year at Creighton. In five years, students will graduate with a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Creighton University.

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Program Details

Program Goals and Curriculum

The MS in neuroscience is ideal for those pursuing a career in research, healthcare or education. It also provides a solid foundation for those interested in pursuing a doctoral degree. To earn this neuroscience degree, you must complete 33 credits with a grade of B or better.  Most coursework will be completed in the first year of the program, with the second year primarily dedicated to research.  Students will complete an independent research project under the guidance of a research mentor and an advisory committee. 

At the conclusion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Express an understanding of concepts and theories in the field of neuroscience.
  • Demonstrate understanding of brain anatomy and function as related to cognition and behavior.
  • Communicate the relationship between the brain and mind. This multidisciplinary understanding will include an understanding of the brain, what mind is (how we know), and how the mind and brain interface to regulate cognition and behavior.
  • Read, understand, and evaluate peer reviewed scientific research articles in the field of neuroscience.
  • Demonstrate technical competence in fundamental research techniques used in the field of neuroscience.
  • Demonstrate a foundational understanding of bioethical issues related to the field of neuroscience, for example the ethics of neuroimaging and brain privacy, neurotechnology safety, cognitive enhancement and potential avenues for pharmacological manipulation.
  • Apply their understanding of neuroscience to critically assess the local and global current events related to neuroscience.
  • Communicate an awareness of career and post-graduate opportunities prior to graduation.


Faculty in the MS in neuroscience program are experts in a variety of fields and have published a wide breadth of research. They are more than teachers, acting as advisors and mentors throughout your graduate school journey to help you reach your academic and personal goals.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS in neuroscience program, applicants must submit:

  1. Resume
  2. Personal Statement
    Please provide a 1-2 page personal statement addressing one or both of the following:  1. Why is basic science research important, and why is it challenging?  2. Why do you want to pursue the MS in Neuroscience at Creighton?
  3. Two letters of recommendation

International students are welcomed into this program and F-1 visas will be supported upon admission.

International applicants must:

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition rates change in the fall of each year. Visit our financial aid site for more details. MS in Neuroscience students will be charged the graduate, on-campus tuition rate.

Financial Aid
To help make your graduate studies at Creighton University more affordable, we encourage you to file the FAFSA to apply for financial assistance.

Have questions? Email or call a friendly financial specialist at 402.280.2731 for any additional questions you may have.

Dates and Deadlines

The table below detail the enrollment deadlines and starting dates of courses for the current academic year. If you have any questions about dates, deadlines, or application materials, please contact the program director for personalized assistance.





January 17

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