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