The Neuroscience and Cognitive Science (NACS) program is an interdepartmental, interdisciplinary training
program leading to a Ph.D. in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science. NACS accepts only full-time graduate students.
The complexity and depth of the neuroscience and cognitive sciences
require full-time study to successfully complete doctoral-level
research. Students can earn a non-thesis or thesis master's degree en
route to the Ph.D. degree.
Our program offers cutting-edge interdisciplinary graduate training in seven research focus areas: Cellular and Molecular; Cognition and Emotion; Computational Modeling and Theory; Development and Aging; Disorders and Treatment; Language and Speech; Sensory and Motor Systems. Within
and across these focus areas, more than 130 faculty advisors lead
internationally renowned research programs and mentor over 40 graduate
students. Research activities are carried out in laboratories housed in
21 different departments and units across the university’s campus as
well as at first-class neighboring research institutions such as the
National Institutes of Health, Children's National Medical Center, and
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
NACS graduate students are encouraged to work across traditional
disciplines and to pursue research projects that are bold and
translational. Our community of students, faculty, and staff enjoys the
congenial and collaborative environment and the many exciting
opportunities offered by the program.