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Program Overview

The Medical Neuroscience Certificate Program will provide post-baccalaureate credentials and career development for students seeking to improve their academic profile or employment qualifications. The program's aimed at students interested in applying to graduate or professional school and individuals working in the pharmaceutical or medical device industries. The health care field is changing with new medical research advancing scientific knowledge at a rapid pace, and our program aims at helping students to navigate developments in the field of neuroscience. 

Admission to graduate or professional schools has become a complex and highly competitive process. Changes to admission exams, like the MCAT, shifts focus from testing what the applicants know to testing how they apply and use what they know. Our program will give students the skills to think critically, work in teams, and communicate effectively, all important skills necessary for success in graduate school, professional school, or industry.

Program Outcomes

By obtaining the Medical Neuroscience graduate certificate, students will be able to do the following: 

  • Obtain and apply knowledge of the following topics to solve novel problems:
    • Nervous system disorders
    • Drug use, abuse, and interactions
    • Neurotechnologies
    • Brain interventions
    • General neuroscience principles
    • Development

  • Work successfully in team-based settings
  • Analyze and interpret data from published peer-reviewed papers
  • Assess ethical, legal, and social implications of neuroscientific research, tools, and discoveries
  • Effectively and accurately communicate scientific findings

    Career Outlook

    A graduate certificate in Medical Neuroscience from Michigan State University can impact your career in multiple ways: 

  • Strengthen applications to graduate or professional school
  • Compete for raises or promotions
  • Transition into a neuroscience-specific position
  • Apply new knowledge and skills to current job responsibilities
  • Grow your professional network



  • NEU 841Medical Neuroscience 3 Credits
  • NEU 846 Neurobiology of Nervous System Disorders 3 Credits


  • NEU 842Neuroethics2 Credits
  • NEU 844The Science and Ethics of Brain Interventions 2 Credits
  • NEU 847 Development of the Nervous System 3 Credits
  • PHM 431Pharmacology of Drug Addiction 3 Credits


  • NEU 843Methods for Assessing the Nervous System 3 Credits

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

    a bachelor’s degree in a biological science background

  2. 2.5 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
  3. Completed coursework

    a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.5

  4. A written personal statement

    Write a reflective essay describing how the certificate will enhance their professional and personal  development

  5. Official transcripts from all previous schools

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete a university graduate application (program code: 7135)
  2. Note: GRE scores are not required for admission
  3. Applications for Fall Semester admission are due on  May 1  of each year.  Applications for Spring Semester admission  are due on  October 1 of each year.
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Key Dates

Fall 2021

Application Deadline

May 1, 2021

Spring 2021

Application Deadline

October 1, 2020

Tuition & Fees

In State Tuition

  • $9,429
  • Total

Out of State Tuition

  • $12,084
  • Total


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