M.D./Ph.D. Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience

About the Program

The M.D./Ph.D. Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience requires students to complete 18.5 credits in core neuroscience courses, compared to the 34 credits required for Ph.D. students. The remaining credits will be absorbed from medical coursework.

The requirement for 10.5 electives and the following courses are waived for M.D./Ph.D. students: NSCI 543: Organization of the Nervous System (for Medical School Neuroscience) and NSCI533: Neurobiology of Disease (for Medical School Neuroscience). Students may elect to take electives if they wish.

M.D./Ph.D. Course Schedule

MD/PhD Timeline showing MD Years and PhD Years on an overall timeline. Year 1 and half of Year 2 are MD Years (Medical Coursework); the second half of Year 2 through the first half of Year 6 are PhD Years (PhD Program Coursework and Thesis Research); and the second half of Year 6 through Year 8 are MD Years (Clinical Rotations and 4th Year Activities)

After M1

Summer 0

Course NameCredit(s)
NSCI 985: Summer Lab Rotation0 (Pass/Fail)
0 Credits

Fall 0

MD/PhD students enrolled in School of Medicine (SOM) for M2.

Spring 0

M.D./Ph.D. students will be officially enrolled in graduate school. However, they are not expected to actually begin their rotation until they have taken the USMLE STEP I board exam. M.D./Ph.D. students are required to take STEP I by the same deadline as students in the regular M.D. program.

Course NameCredit(s)
NSCI 986: Spring Lab Rotation0 (Pass/Fail)
0 Credits

Year 1 of Ph.D.

Summer 1

Course NameCredit(s)
NSCI 801: Experiences in Neuroscience0
NSCI 987: Summer Lab Rotation0 (Pass/Fail)
0 Credits

Fall 1

Course NameCredit(s)
NSCI 501: Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience6
NSCI 505: Neuroscience Survey I2
NSCI 507: Neuroscience Critical Readings1
NSCI 599: Practical Experimental Design and Statistics1.5
NSCI 999-03: Thesis Research (section 3)0
10.5 Credits

Spring 1

Course NameCredit(s)
NSCI 503: Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience5
NSCI 507: Neuroscience Critical Readings1
NSCI 532: Survey Skills and Ethics for Science2
NSCI 999-03: Thesis Research (section 3)0
8 Credits

Year 2 of Ph.D.

Summer 2

Course NameCredit(s)
NSCI 999-61: Thesis Research 0 (Pass/Fail)
0 Credits

Fall 2

Course NameCredit(s)
NSCI 999-01: Thesis Research
After Fall 2, you will be automatically registered for Thesis Research (NSCI 999-01) courses.
0 (Pass/Fail)
0 Credits

Years 2-4 of Ph.D.