Program Description

As a student in the Neuroscience Ph.D. program, you'll work closely with top-notch faculty in state-of-the-art facilities to cultivate extensive research experience and training in the foundations of neuroscience. The program uses a mentorship model, in which students work closely with an advisor on a shared research project.

Students in the Ph.D. program have received state, national, and international recognition for their research, and graduates have successfully completed postdoctoral work in prestigious labs throughout the world. Graduates have also obtained professional positions in academia and various industries, especially in biotechnology, pharmaceutical companies and the global healthcare market.

Research Opportunities and Assistantships

Students in the Ph.D. program work closely with faculty on research, and most students co-author published works before graduation. The program has state-of-the-art research facilities, including the Brain Research and Integrative Neuroscience (BRAIN) Center that is fully equipped for cellular/molecular neuroscience, as well as a complete suite of surgical and behavioral testing rooms, including dedicated space and equipment for in vivo imaging, in vivo microdialysis, as well as electrophysiological and optogenetic recordings.

Most students in the Ph.D. program are offered graduate research assistantships which provide a stipend and tuition remission. There is no separate application for this funding. 

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Neuroscience Ph.D. program requires:

Application deadline is December 15. Apply online at Neuroscience Application Page.

Graduation Requirements

All Ph.D. students are required to complete a publishable-quality, empirical thesis (or the equivalent, for those who transfer into the program with an M.S. from another institution).  In addition, students must complete a major paper and a dissertation, both empirically based and of publishable quality. An oral defense for each of these (i.e., the thesis, major paper, and dissertation) must be approved by a committee of faculty members. 

Career Outlook

For More Information

Jessica Lapp
Program Coordinator
College of Science and Engineering
Brooks 219​

This program is housed in the College of Science and Engineering.  For more information, visit our Neuroscience website.