Neurosciences Graduate Programs

The neurosciences program admits students directly for study on the Lawrence campus, with strengths in behavioral, biological, chemical, and pharmaceutical sciences, and the KU Medical Center campus in Kansas City, with strengths in all the biomedical and clinical sciences. Each student is asked which campus he or she would prefer. Students earn a Ph.D. degree in the neurosciences. In exceptional circumstances, the program also offers an M.S. degree in neurosciences.

Graduates can pursue careers in university teaching and research or conduct and supervise research in a pharmaceutical/biotechnology company or government laboratory.


Neuroscience is a truly multidisciplinary research field. All students are expected to be able to understand the fundamental principles and contributions of each of the major disciplines of the neurosciences core. New students receive training in biochemistry and molecular biology, cell biology, and physiology before proceeding with more focused courses.

Neurosciences Program

Smissman Research Laboratories
2099 Constant Ave.
Lawrence, KS 66047-3729

Rick Dobrowsky, Co-Director, Lawrence

Douglas E. Wright, Co-Director, KU Medical Center