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The neuroscience program at Mason emphasizes the relationship between the cellular and molecular function of the nervous system and the behavior of an organism. 

Why choose neuroscience? A degree in neuroscience is ideal for students interested in medical and health related fields, graduate study or industry work.  Do you want to understand what makes us perceive, think, decide, behave, and interact with others? Or, do you want to look for cures for diseases from Parkinson's and Alzheimer's to depression and addiction?  Mason's Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience (IPN) brings together scientists and physicians from multiple disciplines that explore these topics and more. While Mason is the largest research intensive university in Virginia, our neuroscience program maintains small class sizes and a warm, personal approach. 

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    204 Krasnow Institute, Fairfax Campus

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Our Neuroscience research at Mason may send you down many fascinating paths

Mason offers a broad neuroscience research scope ranging from the sub-cellular and molecular level (in the context of such phenomena as drug addiction and the biological basis of schizophrenia) to the systems and behavioral level.

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Explore research opportunities

You have multiple ways to gain research experience at Mason. Our program offers several laboratory courses where you can design and execute original scholarly research projects as part of the course. Many of our students present their projects at Mason’s research symposiums and at regional and national meetings.

Program Design

The Neuroscience degree can be tailored for any pre-health degree. We can build your program.

Neuroscience students at Mason blend coursework from multiple disciplines, like data science or psychology, with dedicated neuroscience courses. Small class sizes (20 students on average) build a close-knit community so students can better master analysis skills with more hands-on research opportunities.


Why the Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience?


The increase in Neuroscience BS students over the past ten years. In 2018, 75% of those graduates were women. 


More than half of our PhD graduates from 2013 to present work in industry positions, with the remaining working in governmental organizations (such as the National Institute of Health) and academia. 


The Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience includes faculty from 5 different programs and departments, spanning 3 different colleges at Mason.

News and Events



Picture a Scientist Screening and Discussion with Filmmakers

Nov 4, 2021/7:00 - 9:30 PM

JC Cinema and simultaneous Zoom
Registration will be available soon. 

A part of Mason's Visiting Filmmakers Series, the College of Science and Office of Research, Innovation, and Economic Impact are pleased to support this special screening of Picture a Scientist. Picture a Scientist chronicles the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. Biologist Nancy Hopkins

Thanksgiving Observance: University Closed

Nov 24, 2021/12:00 PM - Nov 26, 2021/5:00 PM


Neuroscience Seminar Series: Giorgio Ascoli

Nov 29, 2021/4:00 - 5:00 PM

Virtual via Zoom:

Presented by Mason's Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience The Neuroscience Seminar Series is back in a virtual format this Fall 2021. Learn about topics and issues related to neuroscience research from experts in multidisciplinary fields. Seminars are free and open to everyone. Please email for the Zoom link.