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.
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.
Our Ph.D. in neuroscience program is a STEM-designated program, which means international students are eligible to apply for 36 months of Optional Practical Training, allowing employers to potentially hire international students for up to three years instead of only one.
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.
Accelerated Degree Program
This combined bachelor’s-doctoral 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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Departments and Faculty
To be eligible for admission to the Graduate School at Marquette University, applicants must meet the following requirements:
- A bachelor's degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics from a regionally accredited institution or international equivalent must be completed prior to starting graduate school.
- A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
- Demonstrated English proficiency for non-U.S. citizens.
Prior to applying, prospective applicants are encouraged to have an idea of what type of research they would like to work on if admitted into the program.
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.
1Upon admission, final official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities, with certified English translations if original language is not English, must be submitted to the Graduate School within the first five weeks of the term of admission or a hold preventing registration for future terms will be placed on the student’s record.
2Upon admission, an official course-by-course transcript/academic record evaluation must be submitted to the Graduate School within the first five weeks of the term of admission or a hold preventing registration for future terms will be placed on the student’s record.
December 1: Application and application materials should be received to be considered for the fall term.
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.