Cellular and Molecular
Neuroscience Ph.D. Program

About the Program

Students in this specialization will acquire a foundational background in core neuroscience concepts including a strong understanding of both neuronal and non-neuronal cells of the nervous system, electrical/chemical mechanisms of synaptic signaling, structure/function of the nervous system, and behavioral, physiological, and cognitive outputs of the healthy and dysfunctional nervous system. In this program, you'll focus on fundamental processes underlying drug and alcohol addiction, stress, depression, schizophrenia, learning and memory, obesity and eating disorders, neurodegeneration, circadian biology, ion channel function and spinal cord injury.

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Students admitted to the program are required to complete a minimum of 41 to 49 credit hours, depending on their specialization. All students will complete the following courses:

Course number Course title Credit hours
NRSC 8001 Neuroscience Foundations I 4
NRSC 8002 Neuroscience Foundations II 4
BISC 5140 Functional Neuroanatomy 3
NRSC 8096 First year lab rotations 3 rotations, 1 credit each
  Graduate Statistics 3
NRSC 8003 Independent Development Program Seminar 1
NRSC 8004 Science Writing & Ethics Instruction I 1
NRSC 8005 Science Writing & Ethics Instruction II 1
NRSC 8999 Dissertation 12

Students in the Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience specialization must complete at least three courses within their declared specialization:

Course number Course title Credit hours
BIOL 8101 Protein Structure and Function


BIOL 8102 Biochemistry and Function of Nucleic Acids 2
BIOL 8302 Protein Trafficking and Organelle Identify in Eukaryotic Cells 2
BIOL 8202 Principles of Eukaryotic Genetics 2
BIOL 8601 Stem Cell Biology 2
BIOL 8603 Cell and Molecular Biology of Early Development 2
BIOL 8704 Cellular Homeostasis 2

An additional 3 to 6 credits of electives may be chosen from the courses and seminars offered in any of the specializations or other doctoral level courses offered by participating departments, as appropriate to individual plans of study.

Our graduate program training offers a Ph.D. in neuroscience with specialization in additional areas:

Application Deadline

January 15 for the following fall semester.

Application Requirements

Ready to learn more about Marquette's Neuroscience Ph.D. program? Request more information now or schedule an on-campus visit.

Graduate Program Recruiter

Tim Carter

(414) 288-7139


Financial Aid

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.