PhD in Neuroscience

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Attend Our Information Session: October 5, 2022

Join us for an Information Session for our Neuroscience Program. You will have an opportunity to meet with the Director of the Program and the Graduate Admissions Recruiter as we discuss program highlights, curriculum and the application process. There will be plenty of time for Q & A, so have your questions ready.

The Information Session will be held on Wednesday October 5, at 5:00pm CST. Please RSVP at the link below.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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Study one of the fastest growing areas in science education and research

Neuroscience is the study of the structure and function of the brain and nervous system and is currently one of the fastest growing areas in science education and research. There is an incredible demand for professionals with a neuroscience background across a wide spectrum of professions, ranging from medicine and research to business and law.

The neuroscience PhD program is designed with interdisciplinary research training and curriculum to prepare students for doctoral level interdisciplinary career opportunities in the growing arena of neuroscience research and industry.


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Interdisciplinary Specializations





An interdisciplinary program providing broad foundations in neuroscience

The neuroscience program is designed to provide students with research training and didactic course work that includes a broad foundation in neuroscience that can then be complemented with specialized courses within subfields. 

This doctoral program brings together faculty from biological sciences, biomedical engineering, biomedical sciences, physical therapy-exercise science, computational mathematical statistical science, philosophy, and psychology.

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

Choose From three neuroscience specializations

Our graduate program training offers a PhD in neuroscience with specialization in one of three areas.

Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience PhD Graduate Program at Marquette University

Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

Acquire a foundational background in core neuroscience concepts including a strong understanding of both neuronal and non-neuronal cells of the nervous system

Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience PhD Graduate Program at Marquette UniversityBehavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience

Students in this specialization will acquire a foundational background in behavioral and cognitive processes and their neuroanatomical and neurophysiological foundations.

Computational Neuroscience PhD Graduate Program at Marquette UniversityComputational, Neurorehabilitation and Neuroimaging Neuroscience

Computational is the study of brain function in terms of the information processing properties of the structures that make up the nervous system.

Accelerated Degree Program

Beginning fall 2021, the Graduate School will offer a combined bachelor’s-doctoral program available to outstanding Marquette University biomedical sciences undergraduate students. This program enables students to complete their undergraduate degree within the first year of the neuroscience graduate program, allowing them to complete their doctorate in less time than traditional graduate students. Learn more about the Neuroscience ADP program

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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, computational mathematical and statistical 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.

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

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.