PhD in Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience

About the Program 

Acquire a foundational background in behavioral and cognitive processes and their neuroanatomical and neurophysiological foundations.

In this program, students will focus on topics including:

  • Perception
  • Attention
  • Learning
  • Memory
  • Executive functioning
  • Social and affective functioning
  • Reward
  • Stress
  • Mental health and disorders
  • Development
  • Aging and dementia

Requirements and course work can be found on the Graduate School bulletin.

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Graduate Program Recruiter

Tim Carter

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This doctoral program brings together faculty from Biological Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Sciences, Physical Therapy-Exercise Science, Mathematics Statistics & Computer Science, Philosophy, and Psychology. Their collective expertise will be able to provide a structured neuroscience-based curriculum that will allow for educational and research opportunities in this rapidly expanding subject area and will lead students to emerging career opportunities. Learn more about faculty research areas by visiting their department webpages.

Associate Members

Dr. Alexandre Martins - theology

Dr. Leigh Ann Mrotek- biomedical engineering

Application Deadline

Applications are due to the Graduate School by December 1 for the following fall term. 


Application Requirements

Read all application instructions prior to beginning an application.

  • Complete the online application form and fee.
  • Copies of all current and previous colleges/university transcripts except Marquette.
  • Write a statement of professional goals and aspirations.
  • Provide three letters of recommendation that give evidence of the applicant's scholarly promise.

The recruitment committee reviews applications and selects a sub-group for phone interviews. After phone interviews are complete, the applications are selected for on-campus interviews. All applicants are notified of the committee’s decision.  

Research and teaching assistantships are available.

Private scholarships may also be available. U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible to apply for need-based federal aid (loans) to help fund their educational expenses as well.