Masters in Medical Sciences Concentrations

M.S. in Medical Sciences, Aging & Neuroscience

Neuroscience is one the fastest growing fields of biomedical sciences. There is an increasing demand for health care professionals and research scientists to meet the needs of the increasing number of the aging population affected with neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. The Master's of Science in Medical Sciences, Aging and Neuroscience concentration, has been developed by the Center for Excellence in Aging and Brain Repair. The program is targeted for students interested in pursuing a medical, professional degree or further graduate education in biomedical sciences and in aging studies. The core curriculum focuses on basic and applied neuroscience, with emphasis on neurodegenerative diseases. Students will also take classes on research methods, stem cell biology, neuropharmacology and other basic biomedical sciences. The students can elect to engage in a research component where they will be supervised by mentors from the USF research faculty or affiliated institutes. Program graduates can pursue further professional training in medicine and allied health sciences, continue their graduate education in neuroscience or aging studies, or work in the diverse health care fields, especially those catered to the aging population.


Fall Semester

  • GMS 6771 - Aging and Neuroscience (3)
  • GMS 6708 - Neuroimmunology (3)
  • Elective (3-4)

Spring Semester

  • GMS 6706 - Basic Medical Neuroscience* (3)
  • GMS 7939 - Neuroscience Seminar (1)
  • GMS 6604 - Human Structure and Function (Spinal Cord: Development, Pathology & Therapy) (3)
  • GMS 6773 - Stem Cells in Brain Repair (3)
  • Elective (3-4)

Summer Semester

  • GMS 6871 - Health Sciences Ethics* (2)
  • GMS 7910 - Directed Research (5)   
  • Elective (3)


  • GMS 6630 - Basic Medical Histology* (3), Fall
  • GMS 6440 - Basic Medical Physiology* (3), Fall
  • GMS 6610 - Advanced Neuroanatomy (4), Fall/Spring
  • GMS 6012 - Basic Medical Genetics* (3), Spring
  • GMS 6908 - Medical Science Independent Study (1-3), Spring/Summer
  • GMS 6735 - Neuropharmacology (3), Summer
  • GMS 6671 - History of Medical Sciences (2), Summer


 Minimum 32 credits required for the degree

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Program Director/Advisor:
Dr. Roland (Doug) Shytle