This list of Graduate Programs provides links options for graduate study and training in CNS. A separate page for Graduate Student Advising provides contact information for CNS Graduate Program Directors.



Graduate Training Programs

Graduate Programs in the Life Sciences: provide interdisciplinary training for MS and PhD students across a range of CNS departments, including Chemistry, Microbiology, Molecular & Cellular Biology, Neuroscience and Behavior, Organismic & Evolutionary Biology, Plant Biology, Psychological & Brain Sciences, and Animal Biotechnology & Biomedical Sciences.

Chemistry-Biology Interface Training Program (CBI) (NIH): offers graduate-level courses, seminars, discussions and research in this emerging, interdisciplinary field that brings the synthetic, mechanistic, and analytical powers of chemistry to bear on new and exciting areas of biology.

Cognitive Science Certificate: offers graduate students in the departments of Communication Disorders, Computer Science, Linguistics, Philosophy, and Psychology the opportunity to create an interdisciplinary plan of study in the field of cognitive science.

Food Science Public Policy: two-year Masters program trains for highly skilled scientists for careers in food science policy by providing them a strong foundation in public policy and administration.

Peace & the Prevention of Violence: interdisciplinary program trains doctoral students in basic social psychological theory and research regarding group relations and conflict with an emphasis on policy and application.

Soft Materials for Life Sciences National Research Training Program (SMLS-NRT) (NSF): supports interdisciplinary training in science, science policy, and collaborative research management for 74 graduate students in Engineering, Food Science, Immunology, and Polymer Science & Engineering.

UMass Biotechnology Training Program (NIH): provides two years of quantitative biotechnology training and an industrial internship for matriculated predoctoral students in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Molecular & Cellular Biology, Polymer Science & Engineering, and Veterinary& Animal Sciences, with the possibility of obtaining a graduate certificate in Cellular Engineering.


The Office of Professional Development (OPD) positions graduate students and postdoctoral researchers to achieve success at UMass and beyond.