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Neuroscience Graduate Program

Program at a Glance

MINDS is a collaborative partnership among the Faculties of Science, Health Sciences, Engineering and Humanities. All four faculties are within a few minutes walking distance, facilitating interactions among graduate and postdoctoral students, as well as faculty.

Our goal is to attract the brightest graduate minds available each year to the field of neuroscience, by providing meaningful research opportunities in a collaborative, resource-rich environment.

MiNDS is a research intensive graduate program aimed at training the next generation of leaders in the field of Neuroscience.  Students may enter directly to PhD or start in the Masters program and transfer to PhD during their first year of study.
Graduate students work in an integrated research environment that covers 5 fields of study in Neuroscience.  We have specific research expertise in the following areas of Neuroscience.

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How to Apply

Admission Requirements

The McMaster Neuroscience Graduate Program seeks to attract the brightest graduate minds to the field.

Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary field and our program embraces the full range of research areas. Thus, students from a range of different undergraduate programs will have appropriate backgrounds for admission to the Neuroscience Graduate program.

Applicants who hold a 4 year Honors undergraduate degree in a field relevant to Neuroscience research with a B+ average in the final year are generally admissible.

International applicants must submit TOEFL or Academic IELTS scores.

Applicants to the PhD program should have the same background in Neuroscience as entering Master’s students.

Students showing outstanding potential and high academic standing may be accepted directly to the Ph.D. program.

Indigenous Applicants

To best represent our population we welcome applications from Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, and Metis) learners via our Facilitated Indigenous Admissions Program (FIAP). All applications received through the FIAP are reviewed exclusive of the general applicant pool. After review, applications that are deemed eligible are distributed to all faculty members who are currently recruiting graduate students (also exclusive of the general applicant pool).