The Neuroscience Institute at Carnegie Mellon administers two Ph.D. programs: the Program in Neural Computation (PNC) and the Program in Systems Neuroscience (PSN). Both programs benefit from a close relationship with the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC), an integrative center spanning both Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. All PNC and PSN students are by extension members of the CNBC. We aim to take advantage of the world class strengths of CMU and Pitt, in areas including computer science, machine learning, statistics and dynamical systems and to train students to apply these tools to critical problems in neuroscience. There are also options for non-degree granting graduate study and undergraduate study.
Degree-Granting Graduate Programs
Program in Neural Computation (PNC)
The Program in Neural Computation (PNC) is a graduate training program for students seeking advanced training in the application of quantitative approaches to the study of the brain.
Program in Systems Neuroscience (PSN)
The Program in Systems Neuroscience (PSN) trains students with backgrounds in biology and neuroscience disciplines in the growing field of quantitative systems neuroscience and also provides them the essential background in experimental neuroscience.
Alternate Graduate Training
Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition Graduate Training Program (Certificate Program)
The CNBC Training Program is a certificate program open to students who are already pursuing doctoral degrees in a related department (listed in "Related Graduate Degree Programs" box). Participants take a set of core courses in cellular, systems, computational, and cognitive neuroscience and engage in various activities to foster cross-campus interaction among individuals interested in the neural mechanisms of cognition. The CNBC Training Program is not a degree-granting program.
Major in Neuroscience
The Dietrich College of Humanities & Social Sciences and the Mellon College of Science have joined forces to establish an exciting interdisciplinary program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience. The major includes course offerings from the departments of Psychology, Biology, and Computer Science, and the opportunity to specialize in Cognitive Neuroscience, Neurobiology, or Computational Neuroscience. All of these fields share the goal of understanding neural processes, and how these processes give rise to perception, memory, and learning.
- The Minor in Neural Computation is an inter-college minor jointly sponsored by the School of Computer Science, the Mellon College of Science, and the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and is coordinated by the Neuroscience Institute.
- The Minor in Neuroscience is offered by the Department of Biological Sciences.
- The Cognitive Neuroscience Minor is offered by the Department of Psychology.
Undergraduate Research Opportunities
We advertise research opportunities are for undergraduate students studying neuroscience at CMU. The opportunities may be paid or un-paid on a case-by-case basis, and some may qualify for work-study.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Neuroscience
The Neuroscience Institute at Carnegie Mellon University strives to be a community that is academically and intellectually rigorous, as well as being diverse, inclusive, and respectful to all of its members. We aspire to promote a collegial professional environment in which all individuals can thrive and do their best work with community support and free from harassment, intimidation, or disrespect.