Graduate Certificate: Neuroscience


Learn more about the graduate certificate in Neuroscience.

About the Certificate

The graduate certificate in Neuroscience was established in the College of Liberal Arts in 2008 to impart training to graduate students who are interested in developing an in-depth understanding of neuroscience and pursuing research in this area. Students are required to fulfill the following requirements as a part of this certificate program:

  1. Must currently be a matriculating graduate student in good standing in a Temple University PhD program.
  2. Must meet all obligations of the student's participating department.
  3. Must include one member of the Neuroscience program on their dissertation committee.
  4. Must enroll in NSCI 9381 Readings in Neuroscience, which requires attending and participating in the seminars/journal clubs of the Neuroscience program, for three academic terms of 1 credit each.
  5. Must enroll in two courses in each of the following Neuroscience specialization areas:
  • Behavioral/Cognitive/Systems Neuroscience
  • Cellular/Molecular Neuroscience

Upon successful completion of all departmental and Neuroscience program requirements, students receive a PhD degree in the discipline represented by their department with a certificate in Neuroscience. Doctoral students enrolled in the Department of Biology and Department of Psychology and Neuroscience can be awarded this specialization in Neuroscience.

Campus Location: Main

Full-Time/Part-Time Status: The graduate certificate can be completed only on a full-time basis.

Non-Matriculated Student Policy: Students can take up to 9 credits on a non-matriculated basis. When they complete 9 credits, they must declare their intention to complete the graduate certificate in Neuroscience by completing and submitting the “Non-Degree Seeking Student Request to Exceed 9 Credits of Graduate Coursework for Certificate Program," found in TUportal under the Tools tab within “University Forms.”

Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: Applicants already admitted to a graduate degree program at Temple University have demonstrated that they possess the required bachelor's degree.

Certificate Requirements

Number of Credits Required to Complete the Certificate: 15

Required Courses:

NSCI 9381Readings in Neuroscience (3 terms)3
Behavioral/Cognitive/Systems Neuroscience courses 16
Cellular/Molecular Neuroscience courses 16
Total Credit Hours15

GPA Required to be Awarded the Certificate: 3.0 minimum


Certificate Program Web Address:

Department Information:

College of Liberal Arts Neuroscience Program

618 Weiss Hall

1701 N. 13th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19122-6085


Submission Address for Application Materials:

Rebecca Brotschul, Program Coordinator

Neuroscience Certificate

1701 N. 13th Street, 618 Weiss Hall (265-67)

Philadelphia, PA 19122-6085

Department Contacts:

CLA Neuroscience Program Coordinator:

Rebecca Anne Brotschul, MEd


Program Director:

Debra Bangasser, PhD