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Psychology: Behavioral Neuroscience  Doctoral


What is Psychology: Behavioral Neuroscience at WVU like?


The behavioral neuroscience area of emphasis is the newest and fastest growing area in the Department of Psychology. Students in behavioral neuroscience work closely with highly experienced faculty to study the biological bases of behavior. Training in behavioral neuroscience prepares students for a career in research in academics, academic medicine, government and/or industry. We expect our graduates to succeed in research, with an emphasis on publishing and obtaining extramural funding to support their work. We also foster strong mentorship skills, so that our students are prepared to teach their skills and way of thinking to their own students upon completion of our program. Our graduates make significant contributions to solving important problems in their field.

Students in behavioral neuroscience study complex interactions between the brain and other physio logical systems. You will be trained in basic brain sciences, including neuroanatomy, behavioral research techniques, statistical analyses of data and research ethics. Advanced topics may cover topics such as behavioral endocrinology, neuroinflammation, behavioral pharmacology and psychoneuroimmunology.

As a student in behavioral neuroscience, you will work closely with your faculty mentor to develop research projects, which may also involve collaboration with other departments at WVU and beyond. Student involvement in research is central to training in behavioral neuroscience. Once you have learned essential skills, you will be expected to design and carry out your own research projects soon after entering the program.

Application Deadlines

Each graduate program sets their own term of admission and application deadline. Applicants can only apply for admission for the term displayed below. Any questions regarding the application deadline should be directed to the graduate program representative.

Fall: December 1

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What are the requirements to apply for Psychology: Behavioral Neuroscience at WVU?

University Requirements

To be eligible for admission into a graduate program at WVU an applicant must submit official, bachelors degree transcripts from a regionally accredited institution and hold a GPA of at least 2.75.

WVU operates decentralized admissions. Decentralized admissions allows each graduate program to set its own application requirements in addition to the University requirements.

Program Requirements

To be eligible for admission into the Psychology: Behavioral Neuroscience graduate program an applicant must submit the following documentation:

  • Letters of Recommendation - Three
  • Résumé /CV
  • Statement of Purpose

Additional admissions considerations:

  • Applicants must submit official transcripts from all attended institutions.

Certain application requirements may be waived based on a preliminary review of an application by program.

International Applicants must also submit the materials outlined here.

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