Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the program?

The masters program is one full calendar year (June to May) and the graduate certificate is 6 weeks long during the summer.

Is either program offered online?

At this time, neither of the programs are offered online.

Are there Graduate Assistantships available?

Graduate Assistantships in a form of Teaching Asssistanships may be available.

What is the difference between the Intraoperative Neuromonitoring Graduate Certificate and the Master's in Surgical Neurophysiology?

The difference between the Masters and Certificate program, besides a number of credits and duration, is that clinical training is not provided for students in the certificate program.

If I complete the IONM Graduate Certificate can I move onto the Masters program?

Yes! Movement from the graduate certificate program to the masters program is solely dependent on availability in the program as well as recommendations from Dr. Andalib and Dr. Filipovic based on performance during the first 9 credits. Depending on availability and academic performance during the certificate program, you can move directly from the Graduate Certificate to the Masters program the same year.

Otherwise you can apply for the Masters program for the following admissions cycle and use your Graduate Certificate courses towards the completion of your Masters. After enrolling in the Graduate Certificate and depending on when you apply for the Masters program, your application fee may be waived.  Please see the Graduate School's waiver policy.

Can I transfer in credits to the Masters program?

Yes, students can transfer in up to 8 credits that have not been previously used to earn a degree. Please see Transfer Credit Request form:

The transferred credits would have to match a UConn course that the transferred course would replace. Please see UConn's Graduate Catalog for more details or email

What kind of academic background do these programs require? What is important to cover in the personal statement?

Students need to hold Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Physiology, Psychology, Neuroscience, Biomedical Engineering, or Health Related Sciences. In the personal statement it is important to emphasize your motivation about joining a program, your strenghts, relevant courses that you took, experience either in research, or in the clinical setting. Shadowing experience is also advised to mention in your personal letter.

Am I guaranteed job placement?

Job placement depends on many factors including successful completion and satisfactory performance throughout the program’s didactic, lab and hands on training, availability of positions at the time of graduation, the employment interview process and willingness to relocate at the time of graduation to name a few. However, our collaboration with many of the industry leaders in IONM, provides a great opportunity to be employed directly upon successful graduation from the program.

What if I currently work in the field, am I am able to use my current or past work experience to replace the clinical training?

No.  Students will need to complete all the academic and clinical training requirements as outlined.

I am an international student living in the U.S.; do you I need to take the TOEFL?

Please see the Graduate school TOEFL waiver requirements.