Graduate Program

Graduate Program

Internationally respected faculty, advanced technology, and financial resources make the MIT Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences a premier destination for the world’s best and brightest. Our graduate students are at the forefront of some of today’s most intricate, important, and exciting brain-related research. 

Our rigorous, cross-disciplinary Doctorate of Philosophy program prepares students to pursue careers in research, teaching, or industry. During their first year of study, students rotate through three different laboratories, gaining exposure to the Department’s rich scientific diversity of cutting-edge methods, model systems, and research questions. Typically, by the end of their first year, students select a primary faculty thesis mentor to work with in accomplishing their Ph.D. research. Coursework requirements are limited to six subjects, completed during the first two years of study. Though students are encouraged to take advanced seminars throughout the program, the remainder of the program is spent primarily working in a laboratory. 

Students typically complete the Ph.D. program in five to six years. They leave MIT prepared to train, lead, and partner with the next generation of scientists.