Graduate program director
Raymond J. Colello, Ph.D.
Associate professor, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology
Sharon B.C. Toussaint
(804) 828 9623
Program website: anatomy.vcu.edu
Refer to the program search function of the online VCU Bulletins for a complete listing of all programs, concentrations and related curricular options.
Apply online at graduate.admissions.vcu.edu.
Anatomy and Neurobiology, Master of Science (M.S.)
Applications received prior to Jan 15 given priority consideration
GRE, MCAT or DAT
TOEFL if international
|Special requirements: Domestic students apply through the Graduate Admissions office; international students apply through International Admissions.|
In addition to the general admission requirements of the VCU Graduate School, successful applicants will typically have the following credentials:
Although there are no absolute course requirements for admission, fundamental knowledge of general and organic chemistry and biology are considered necessary to pursue advanced studies, and upper-level courses in molecular and cellular biology are desirable. Previous research experience or demonstration of a serious interest in a research-oriented career is also desirable. A personal statement describing the applicant’s research experience and interests, as well as letters of reference from previous supervisors, are necessary and helpful in determining an applicant’s suitability for this curriculum. Official transcripts of all graduate and undergraduate records must be mailed from the college or university registrar.
The VCU Graduate Bulletin website documents the official admission and academic rules and regulations that govern graduate education for all graduate programs at the university. These policies are established by the graduate faculty of the university through their elected representatives to the University Graduate Council.
It is the responsibility of all graduate students, both on- and off-campus, to be familiar with the VCU Graduate Bulletin as well as the Graduate School website and academic regulations in individual school and department publications and on program websites. However, in all cases, the official policies and procedures of the University Graduate Council, as published on the VCU Graduate Bulletin and Graduate School websites, take precedence over individual program policies and guidelines.
General academic regulations for
all graduate students in all graduate programs at VCU
The M.S. in Anatomy and Neurobiology program offers a two-year graduate curriculum of formal instructional activities and research training mentored by the members of the faculty leading to the terminal M.S. degree. The program prepares students for technical careers in neurobiological research laboratories in academic, private and government institutions. The program also provides a strong foundation for students who choose to continue onto doctoral training.
This is a research-oriented degree program comprised of graduate course work and supervised research leading to a master's thesis. The M.S. program involves approximately one year of course work and a research thesis performed under the supervision of a faculty adviser.
In addition to general VCU Graduate School graduation requirements, students must complete a minimum of 66 graduate credit hours. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 must be maintained. Students must receive a minimum grade of B for all required courses.
A student who receives a grade of C in a required course shall repeat the course. A second grade of C in a required course shall result in dismissal from the program.
There is no expectation of the time required to complete the master’s degree; usually two years of study are necessary to complete the requirements. At the appropriate time in their research, students will prepare a thesis and schedule a final oral defense of the thesis. The final oral examination (defense of the thesis) will cover the subject of the candidate’s dissertation and related basic science course work.
|ANAT 610 Systems Neuroscience||4|
|ANAT 690 Anatomy and Neurobiology Seminar (one-credit course taken a minimum of four semesters)||4|
|BIOC/MICR 503 Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology||5|
|BIOC/MICR 504 Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology||5|
|IBMS 600 Laboratory Safety||1|
|NEUS 609 Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience||4|
|OVPR 601 Scientific Integrity, OVPR 602 Responsible Scientific Conduct or OVPR 603 Responsible Conduct of Research||1|
|ANAT 697 Directed Research (1-15 variable credit course)||42|
|Total graduate credit hours required (minimum)||66|
Many students often end up taking more than the minimum number of hours required for a degree program. The total number of hours may vary depending upon the program, nature of research being conducted by a study or in the enrollment or funding status of the student. Students should refer to their program websites and talk with their graduate program directors or advisers for information about typical plans of study and registration requirements.
A graduate student admitted to a program or concentration requiring a final research project, work of art, thesis or dissertation, must qualify for continuing master’s or doctoral status according to the degree candidacy requirements of the student’s graduate program. Admission to degree candidacy, if applicable, is a formal statement by the graduate student’s faculty regarding the student’s academic achievements and the student’s readiness to proceed to the final research phase of the degree program.
Graduate students and program directors should refer to the following degree candidacy policy as published in the VCU Graduate Bulletin for complete information and instructions.
Degree candidacy requirements
As graduate students approach the end of their academic programs and the final semester of matriculation, they must make formal application to graduate. No degrees will be conferred until the application to graduate has been finalized.
Graduate students and program directors should refer to the following graduation requirements as published in the Graduate Bulletin for a complete list of instructions and a graduation checklist.
School of Medicine graduate program policies
The School of Medicine provides policies applicable to all programs administratively housed in the school. Information on master’s programs is available in the Graduate Bulletin at pubapps.vcu.edu/Bulletins/about/?uid=10046&iid=30113.