The UMass Amherst PhD program in neuroscience and behavior (NSB) offers doctoral training that reflects both the diversity and interdisciplinary focus of research in this exciting field. 

Flexibility is the hallmark of our program and you’ll be part of a group of students with diverse interests and career goals. You’ll choose from a range of electives to delve into more specialized topics, and will have access to a vibrant colloquium series and a variety of journal clubs to supplement coursework.

The NSB program comprises five broadly defined areas of research and training at state-of-the-art facilities: 

  • Neuroendocrinology 
  • Molecular and cellular neuroscience 
  • Animal behavior and learning 
  • Neural and behavioral development 
  • Sensorimotor and cognitive neuroscience

Faculty members from nearby Amherst, Smith, Mount Holyoke, and Hampshire Colleges are affiliated with the NSB program, enhancing our expertise and scholarly resources. We also have strong ties to the molecular and cellular biology program, the organismic and evolutionary biology program, and the Center for Neuroendocrine Studies.