Loyola University Chicago

Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences Campus

Master of Science in Neuroscience


Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences Campus

6525 North Sheridan Road

Maywood, IL 60153

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Science in Neuroscience

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Our MS program in Neuroscience is a research thesis based program designed to provide students with basic background knowledge in Neuroscience, as well as an appreciation for emerging concepts and methodologies relevant to the study of Neuroscience. Students will learn to use their knowledge base to develop novel neuroscience questions and address them with rational and reproducible experimental design. Our degree prepares students for technical positions in academia and the biotechnology industry, or as primary or secondary science educators. The Neuroscience master’s program from Loyola can also prepare students for admission to professional and advanced graduate degree programs.

The Master’s degree is conferred upon demonstration of the following competencies:

  • Acquisition of a general knowledge base in the biomedical sciences
  • Acquisition of applied knowledge in the neurosciences
  • The ability to identify relevant original neuroscience-related questions, and to design, propose and execute critical experiments to address these questions
  • The ability to search and critically evaluate neuroscience-related literature and data
  • Acquisition of oral and written communication skills appropriate for scientific peers and the general public


The Neuroscience MS program requires applicants to have taken two semesters or the equivalent in each of the following: Biology, Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry. Students must have also completed the laboratory courses associated with these core science courses. A bachelor's degree or the equivalent is required prior to matriculation, along with the submission of official GRE (or MCAT) scores. Three letters of recommendation are required and we highly encourage that these come from individuals who have supervised the student either in an academic course or research environment, with direct knowledge of the student's aptitude for scientific research. Completion of these prerequisites does not ensure acceptance. Admission occurs on a rolling basis and is competitive.

Prerequisite coursework:

  • Biology with lab- 2 semesters
  • Chemistry with lab- 2 semesters
  • Organic Chemistry with lab- 2 semesters


Graduate classes are small and allow instructors to emphasize current scientific literature and practices. Weekly student-centered Journal Clubs allow the students to develop presentation skills while learning about cutting edge findings. A dynamic seminar series brings several nationally recognized neuroscientists to the Medical Center each year to present their research and meet with graduate students.


The MS Curriculum consists of core courses (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Methods in Biomedical Sciences) taught by Medical School faculty. Additional required Neuroscience courses are team taught by Neuroscience Graduate Faculty. Students also participate in a student-centered weekly journal club in the Fall semester, followed by weekly neuroscience seminars and student progress reports in the Spring semester. Both courses are intended to facilitate the students’ abilities to critically read, question and synthesize scientific knowledge and to hone their presentation skills.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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