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Neuroscience and Cognitive Sciences (Z037)   

Program Title and Classification

Neuroscience and Cognitive Sciences

Graduate Degree Program

College: Behavioral and Social Sciences


The Neuroscience and Cognitive Science (NACS) Program offers a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate for students pursuing graduate degrees in related departmental programs. This certificate program allows students to obtain significant interdisciplinary training that complements their graduate degree in a NACS-related discipline. The NACS Certificate serves to acknowledge this training.

Admissions Information

Only students enrolled in a Ph.D. degree program at the University of Maryland, College Park will be eligible for the NACS Certificate. Students enrolled in the NACS Ph.D. program are not eligible. Interested students are encouraged to contact the NACS office for advisement on coordinating the NACS Certificate requirements with their Ph.D. requirements. Admission will be at the discretion of the NACS Graduate Director, with the advice and consent of the NACS Executive Committee. Students must submit a letter to the NACS Graduate Director requesting admission to the Certificate Program and outlining their plan of study for the NACS Certificate. Students must also identify a NACS faculty member to serve as their Certificate advisor. In many cases this may be the student’s existing departmental Ph.D. advisor. Study for the Certificate must be completed by the end of the fifth year after admission to the program.

  1. Completed application to the NACS Certificate program.
  2. PDF copy of unofficial UM transcript.
  3. Letter from primary advisor endorsing the application to the NACS Certificate program.

All files should be submitted electronically, with a strong preference for PDF files. Please use transparent file names that start with your name, i.e., smith_application.pdf, smith_transcript.pdf, smith_endorsement.pdf. Send files together in ONE email message to Pam Komarek, NACS Assistant Director, at

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant FallSpring
Domestic Applicants:
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
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International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
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Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at

Degree Requirements

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate (P.B.C.)

Total CreditsCore Requirements

16 credits required

NACS 608: Neuroscience and Cognitive Science Seminar (1 credit per semester, 2 credits total)

Electives approved by advisor (6 credits)

Complete two of the following courses:

NACS 641: Introduction to Neurosciences (4 credits)

NACS 642: Cognitive Neuroscience (4 credits)

NACS 643: Computational Neuroscience (4 credits)

NACS 644: Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience (4 credits)

NACS 645: Cognitive Science (4 credits)


Students must earn a minimum of 16 credits through completing the following courses with a grade of B (3.0) or better in each class. 1) Students must complete a core of 10 credits, in addition to their Ph.D. course requirements, comprising at least two of the courses within the NACS core curriculum (NACS641, NACS642, NACS643, NACS644, NACS645, all 4 credit courses) and two semesters of NACS 608, Neuroscience and Cognitive Science Seminar, one credit per semester. 2) Students must complete at least 6 additional credits from graduate courses approved by the NACS program. The student's NACS advisor and the NACS Graduate Director must approve the courses taken to fulfill these credits. Courses taken at the 400-level require the approval of the NACS Graduate Director.




Assistant Director, Pam Komarek

University of Maryland, 0219 Cole Student Activities Building

College Park MD, 20742

Telephone: 301-405-8910


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