Program Overview

The Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience (IPN) at Georgetown University includes over 50 faculty members from the Departments of:

The IPN began matriculating students in the fall of 1994 with the mission of training doctoral students for independent research and teaching in Neuroscience. Since it began, the IPN has graduated over 70 students, who have gone on to successful careers in academic science, industry, and policy.

A major goal of the IPN is to ensure Ph.D. candidates obtain a comprehensive and well-rounded background in the neurosciences covering cellular, molecular, systems, and cognitive approaches. This goal is accomplished through a series of core courses in Neuroscience, along with advanced electives and laboratory rotations.

This goal is second only to research training and the completion of independent dissertation research. Our students frequently forge new collaborations within the close-knit IPN community, allowing them to pursue multiple approaches during their research training, launching them to the forefront of their area of research. 

Students who have majored in Psychology and are not certain whether they should get a Ph.D. in Neuroscience or Psychology should consider the Lifespan Cognitive Neuroscience (LCN) Graduate Program in the Psychology Department. Of particular use may be the Psychology Department's FAQ. A detailed comparison of the LCN and IPN may be found here.

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