Be the Difference with a PhD in Biological Sciences
The Department of Biological Sciences offers a rigorous and intellectually driven PhD program that aspires to train scientists suited for careers in research and teaching. Students are trained to achieve academic excellence by triggering their innate curiosity and by gaining an appreciation for the rigor of the scientific method. This program provides excellent training in modern biology suitable for careers in academia, industry, and government.
Multi-disciplinary research areas
Cell and Molecular Biology
Developmental Biology and Genetics
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Physiology and Neuroscience
Biochemistry and Structural Biology
Why be part of our Biological Sciences graduate program?
Small Student Faculty Ratio
Our graduate program offers a student-faculty ratio less than 2:1, which means individualized attention and interaction among faculty and students while maintaining the resources and expertise to train individuals in the theoretical and experimental aspects of modern biology.
Serving as teaching assistants provides students invaluable training in instructional methodologies. In the lab students gain leadership experience as training mentors for our talented undergraduate student researchers.
Our students are exposed to cutting-edge research methodologies through faculty collaborations across campus and locally with the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee School of Engineering, UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee along with many other national and international laboratory connections.
Full Financial Support
Each year, we offer generous benefits in the form of research assistantships or teaching assistantships with tuition credits and a competitive stipend. Students also receive funds for travel to conferences and meetings.
Note: We have a Master's program, but are not actively recruiting candidates at this time.
Take the next step toward your future
Financial Aid & GAANN
Ready to learn more about Marquette's Biological Sciences graduate programs?
Although no official deadline exists for the master's or the doctoral programs, completed applications should be received by December 15 for full consideration. Applications for admission received after this date will be considered as space permits.
The Department of Biological Sciences is committed to the full 12-month support of each graduate student in good academic standing, including an 18-credit tuition scholarship and stipend. Ph.D. students are supported by teaching assistantships or by federal grant-supported research assistantships. Additional fellowships provided by the University or by private foundations are awarded on a competitive basis to Ph.D. candidates that qualify. The nine-month academic year stipend for 2018-2019 will be $23,040 plus a summer stipend. A select number of Ph.D. students may be supported by GAANN Fellowships.
Travel funds are available for students who present their data at conferences or participate in specialized courses off campus, including courses at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and the Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory. Additional funds are awarded to students for research and academic excellence.
The Department of Biological Sciences at Marquette University has been granted Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) fellowships by the U. S. Department of Education. The fellowships provide a stipend of up to $34,000 per year, depending on financial need. (Financial need is determined by a FAFSA needs analysis.) In addition, the fellowship pays all tuition and fees. Certain other educational expenses (books, supplies, travel to conferences, etc.) are included as well.
Full-time student pursuing the PhD degree.
United States citizen or permanent resident of the United States
Fellowships are open to all students with demonstrated financial need. Members of underrepresented minorities in biological sciences (African-Americans, Alaskan Natives, Native Americans, Hispanics, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders) are especially encouraged to apply.