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With a doctorate in Neuroscience, you’ll be prepared to take your understanding of neurobiology and neurological disorders to careers in academia, government, biotech, and the pharmaceutical industry.

The program offers coursework and research experience from basic research and a clinical perspective. More than 25 neuroscientists provide research opportunities in areas including spinal cord injury, Parkinson’s disease, traumatic brain injury, stroke, and Alzheimer’s disease.

By choosing to earn your doctorate in Neuroscience from the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, you’ll be joining a highly collaborative program with dynamic opportunities for translational research.

Neuroscience is for you if you consider yourself

Analytical and Strategic
Innovative and Cutting-edge



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What You'll Study


Students in Augusta University’s Doctor of Philosophy program with a major in Neuroscience are admitted via a common admissions process to the Biomedical Sciences doctoral program. After completing the first-year core coursework and laboratory rotations, students choose a dissertation research mentor and enter the Neuroscience program.

The average time to complete the degree is approximately five years of full-time, year-round study.

Curriculum | Admissions Criteria | Tuition and Fees | Application Deadlines

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Graduate School Advantage

Augusta University's graduate programs are among the best in the nation – and the world – and our graduate students are our most valuable assets. To ensure that our students earn more than a degree, the Graduate School offers a range of opportunities so they can develop the leadership, communication and personal skills needed for a rewarding life and academic, research or professional career.

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About the Graduate School

Experience-based Education

Outside the Classroom

Students can attend weekly Lunch and Learn sessions with world-class scientists, gaining exposure to the latest scientific discoveries and benefiting from exceptional networking opportunities.

Mentored rotations in neurology clinics allow students the chance to participate in translational research.

Access to the world-class research technology available at Augusta University gives students the chance to make significant contributions to discovery and scholarship.


Clinical Collaborations

The program combines clinical and basic neuroscience resources to give students the widest possible research opportunities.


Rich History

As the state’s only public medical school, MCG is recognized as Georgia’s leading provider of physicians and receives millions in funding each year from the NIH.


Student Success

Graduates of the program are working in industry, government, and scientific writing, as well as many of the country's top academic institutions. 


Accomplished Faculty

Internationally recognized faculty conduct groundbreaking research in a collaborative and supportive research environment.

Your Future

Career Options

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for medical scientists is projected to rise much faster than average through 2031.

In 2021, the median pay for a medical scientist was $95,310 per year.


Student Stories

The faculty and student interactions are all so enjoyable. We are able to be comfortable and confident in a professional setting while still being able to make mistakes, ask questions, have fun, learn, and grow as scientists.

Julie Vincent


My research area is neuronal reprogramming, which is a cutting-edge technology that facilitates potential treatment for patients with spinal cord injuries and neurodegenerative diseases.

Natalie Mseis-Jackson





Admissions Criteria at a Glance

GPA: Overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale at the Baccalaureate level calculated on all undergraduate work.

Degree Requirement: Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university.

Transcripts: Official transcripts are required from all universities and colleges ever attended. Unofficial transcripts from US colleges and universities can be used in the admissions review process in lieu of official transcripts for this program.

Standardized Test Requirements: None are required for this program.

Letters of Recommendation: Recommendations from three individuals must be submitted through the application portal.

Resume: Applicants must submit a resume or curriculum vitae within the application portal.

Research Experience: Research experience is required for admission.  Applicants will provide a personal statement that includes a summary and description of your research experience in the application portal.

International Students: Please review the verification process for international transcripts and the english proficiency requirement.

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*Tuition & Fees listed here are for in-state students enrolling in the university for Fall 2024 semester.

Detailed Program Tuition Information

Please visit the Graduate School for detailed admission criteria and important application process information.

Application Deadlines

Fall '24 Early Deadline

  • December 1, 2023

Fall '24 Standard Deadline

  • December 15, 2023

Application fee waiver extended to Dec 15, 2023

Early submission of all application materials is strongly advised.

All required application materials and documents must be received in order for an application to be considered complete and before an admission decision can be made. The program does not accept applications after the published application deadline, however the program will continue to accept application materials up to 2 weeks after the application deadline.

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Learning Like No Other

Why Augusta?

Strong technology resources allow you to perform cutting-edge neuroscience research.

Weekly seminars and the annual Brain Aging Research Symposium provide excellent opportunities for you to learn from — and network with — world-class researchers from around the world.

Studying at Augusta University’s Health Sciences Campus puts you at the center of its biomedical research enterprise, with access to the Georgia Cancer Center, the Medical College of Georgia, and the state’s only public academic medical center.

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Learning Like No Other

The Graduate School prepares successful and innovative leaders, scholars, researchers, educators and clinicians to advance their field and impact their community and the world. Currently, The Graduate School offers over 45 graduate degree and advanced certificate programs. The wide range of doctoral, specialist and master’s degree programs, as well as graduate certificate programs offered, provide outstanding training, research, clinical and educational opportunities.