Graduate Program

Ph.D. Application Procedure

Stipend, Tuition Remission, and Benefits

If you are accepted, you will receive full tuition remission, a stipend and a benefits package. Learn more about the student life at Einstein here

Neuroscience Graduate Student Organization

The Neuroscience Graduate Student Organization (NGSO) is the association for all students, post-doctoral fellows, and research trainees in the Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. The NGSO provides services and activities to enhance the academic, professional, and social experience of all individuals within the department, in addition to the public. To achieve these goals, the NGSO holds monthly meetings to plan activities that serve Einstein, the department, and the community.

Graduate Courses and Seminars in Neuroscience

The faculty and students of the Department of Neuroscience investigate a wide range of nervous system operations in the developing and mature organism. Organizational levels range from molecules and neurons to neural systems and cognitive functions. The Department offers courses focused on each of these organizational levels:

If, under unusual circumstances a student wishes to enroll in a non-Einstein course, this request must be pre-approved by the Department of Neuroscience Graduate Education Committee.

Students are required to attend department-hosted weekly seminars, and student-driven works-in-progress (WIP) sessions.

Student Advisory Committees

By the end of the first year, students declare a lab (or co-lab mentorship) affiliated with the Neuroscience Department. The chairperson of the Department of Neuroscience must approve this choice. The student and mentor(s) will select a student advisory committees consisting of faculty members that will play a guiding role in the graduate student training. 

Qualifying Exam: 

All graduate students are expected to take and pass the qualifying exam by the end of the Spring term of their second year (third year for MSTP students). By this time it is expected that students will have completed the majority (but not necessarily all) of Foundation and Department required courses.

Thesis Advisory Committee:
The Thesis Student Advisory Committee usually consists of four faculty members, including the mentor. The thesis mentor cannot function as the chairperson of this Committee. These faculty evaluate the laboratory work that constitutes the research component of the PhD degree. The regular meetings of these committees and the filing of written reports of their content with the departmental chairperson and the Neuroscience Graduate Education Committee are departmental requirements for the PhD degree. The role of the Thesis Advisory Committee is to advise the student during execution of the PhD research and the writing of the PhD thesis.

Scheduling and Documentation of Thesis Advisory Committee Meetings:
It is the responsibility of each student to schedule a meeting of their Thesis Advisory Committee per school guidelines. A synopsis of the meeting and any recommendations by the committee will be written by the chairperson of the Committee and distributed to the student and members of the Committee. The Committee reports will be included in the student's academic file and copies will also be distributed to the chairperson of the Department of Neuroscience and the chairperson of the Neuroscience Graduate Education Committee. At least twice a year, the Graduate Education Committee will convene to review these reports and the actions of the Thesis Advisory Committees. The regular meeting of Advisory Committees and the filing of the corresponding written reports are Departmental requirements for the PhD degree.

Ex-Officio Members:
The chairperson of the Department of Neuroscience and the chairperson of the Neuroscience Graduate Education Committee are ex-officio members of all Thesis Advisory Committees and may elect to attend any Thesis Advisory Committee meeting.