BS/MS Student Checklist

Summer or Fall Senior (Junior) Year

  1. Set up an appointment with Dr. Trageser to discuss the program.
  2. Meet with Linda M. White to apply to the program.
    • Complete online application – apply for fall admission
      (See BS/MS Handbook for further details)

      • Application (apply under Neuroscience BS/MS)
      • Letters of Recommendation (2)
      • Statement of Purpose
      • Official Transcript (this can be requested from the Registrar’s Office)
      • Application due by the end of September (date will be determined)
  1. Dr. Baraban and Dr. Trageser or another Neuroscience Program committee member will conduct interviews in mid-October and students will be notified by the end of October.

Spring Senior (Junior) Year

  1. Register for BS/MS courses:
    • 080.450 Mentored Research: Neuroscience I (9 credits)
    • 080.411 Advanced Seminar: Neuroscience I (3 credits)
  2. Make an appointment to meet with Ms. Breckenridge, Academic Advising, to remove yourself from the graduation list for this year (May). 


  1. The Program Office will register you for your summer research via an email to the Registrar’s office. This cannot be done on paper by the student. The course on your transcript will be 990.892 Summer Independent Research. Please note: Juniors in the program will register for 080.550.

Fall Graduate Year

(All fifth-year students will receive their 50% tuition during this year; fourth-year seniors are not eligible for this tuition.)

  1. Register for BS/MS courses:
    • 080.852 Mentored Research: Neuroscience II (9credits)
    • 080.412 Advanced Seminar: Neuroscience II (3 credits)
      (If you are an actual senior in your seventh semester, you will need to register with an add/drop slip signed by Linda.)
  2. Make an appointment with Ms. Breckenridge, Academic Advising, to add yourself to the graduation list for May.
  3. You should also apply for graduation in-person at the Registrar’s Office.

Intersession Graduate Year

Dr. Baraban and Linda M. White will work with you on organizing your defense committee at the end of January. These will be scheduled in early spring (March/April).

Spring Graduate Year

  1. Register for BS/MS courses:
    • 080.413 Advanced Seminar: Neuroscience III (3 credits)
    • 080.660 Commencement Project (1 credits)
  1. Register for three other courses that are approved by Dr. Baraban and Dr. Trageser during this semester.
  2. Check with Academic Advising at the beginning of the semester to be sure you are on the list for graduation.
  3. Check with the Registrar’s Office to be sure you have applied for graduation for both your BS and your MS.
  4. Master’s Thesis Defense
    1. Dr. Baraban and Linda M. White will work with you on scheduling your thesis defense.
    2. An electronic copy of your thesis is due to Linda M. White no less than two weeks prior to your defense.
    3. Your defense will consist of 30-40 minutes of presentation and 10-15 minutes of Q&A.
    4. For help on organizing your thesis, please refer to this guide provided by the Sheridan Libraries.

There will be a debriefing of the full year at the end of April or early May.