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Understanding the brain represents both a major scientific challenge and a wonderful research opportunity. Investigations into the mechanisms of neural function require an interdisciplinary approach using the knowledge base and techniques of anatomy, applied mathematics, biochemistry, engineering, molecular biology, physiology, pharmacology, and the behavioral sciences, among others. Neuroscientists must use these different approaches in their research and training to make inroads toward solving major questions in neuroscience.

The UW's interdisciplinary graduate program in neuroscience encompasses laboratories of more than 140 faculty members in over 20 departments within the School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, and College of Engineering, as well as at affiliate institutions across Seattle.

The program allows students to obtain broad training in the neurosciences through mentored research and a curriculum comprising required core courses as well as electives. Students also gain supervised teaching experience. Graduates of the program are prepared for a variety of careers involving academic, research, industrial, and public policy positions.

Graduate Program

Graduate Program Coordinator
T471Health Sciences, Box 357270
(206) 685-1647

Doctor of Philosophy

Admission Requirements

  1. Baccalaureate or advanced degree; degrees emphasizing biology, physical or natural sciences, and mathematics preferred.
  2. GRE scores: general test required; subject test not required
  3. Minimum three (3) letters of recommendation
  4. Statement of purpose and curriculum vitae detailing research experience and commitment to graduate study in neuroscience
  5. Online application submitted by December 1 deadline. Applications received after December 1 may be considered at the discretion of the directors.

Applications received after the deadline are considered at the discretion of the directors.

Students who have emphasized either biological or physical sciences in their undergraduate careers are invited to apply. Applicants are requested to send a copy of their academic record, GRE scores (including, if possible, scores on a subject test such as chemistry, physics, molecular and cellular biology, psychology, or biology), and three letters of recommendation from the persons who can best evaluate their potential for success in graduate study. New students enter the graduate program September 15. Applications received on or before the deadline are given full consideration. Applications received after the deadline are considered at the discretion of the directors.

Degree Program Requirements

90 credits

  1. Credit Requirements: 18 graded credits of coursework with NEURO core curriculum and 10 credits of graded/ungraded approved elective courses
  2. First Year: NEURO 501, NEURO 502, NEURO 503, NEURO 504, NEURO 527, NEURO 545, NEURO 559, three 10-week laboratory rotations, and three quarters of the seminar series
  3. Second Year: Form doctoral Supervisory Committee, define doctoral projects, take additional elective courses, participate in a teaching internship for a minimum of two quarters (or equivalent), and hold first committee meeting. Complete general examination and three quarters of the seminar series.
  4. Third Year and Beyond: Focus on dissertation research. Schedule final examination.

Financial Aid

The NEURO program provides funding for students in good academic standing for the duration of their graduate training.