in Cognitive and Neural Systems
PhD students are required to complete at least sixteen semester courses
as follows: at least ten courses chosen from the CNS Departments
curriculum (CN500, 510, 520, 530, 540, 550, 560, 570, 580, 700, 710,
720, 730, 740, 760, 780, 810, 811) of which two must be 700 or 800 level;
and the remaining courses chosen from other departments to form a coherent
area of expertise. The latter courses will be selected in consultation
with the students faculty advisor.
Students who enter the PhD program with a Masters,
MD, or PhD degree in one of these areasbiology, physiology, medicine,
computer science, engineering, mathematics, statistics, physics, or
psychologyare required to take eight courses chosen from the CNS
Departments curriculum (CN500, 510, 520, 530, 540, 550, 560, 570,
580, 700, 710, 720, 730, 740, 760, 780, 810, 811), of which at least
two must be 700 or 800 level; and to fulfill all other program requirements.
PhD Qualifying Examination
Students are required to pass a qualifying examination on the CNS curriculum,
including their area of thesis concentration. The examination is offered
each year in January and in May. A student must have passed eight courses
in the CNS curriculum to take the PhD qualifying examination.
Before finalizing dissertation plans, students are required to submit
a written prospectus. A dissertation and final oral examination must
be completed in accordance with the general requirements for the PhD
as outlined in the front section of the Graduate School Bulletin.