Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience Ph.D. Program


About the Program

Students in this specialization will acquire a foundational background in behavioral and cognitive processes and their neuroanatomical and neurophysiological foundations. In this program, students will focus on topics including perception, attention, learning, memory, executive functioning, social and affective functioning, reward, stress, mental health and disorders, development, aging and dementia.

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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 Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience specialization must complete at least three courses within their declared specialization. Either PSYC 8740 or PSYC 8780 must be taken.

Course number Course title Credit hours
PSYC 8102 Advanced Statistics


PSYC 8740 Foundations and Processes of Human Cognition 3
PSYC 8780 Biological Bases of Behavior 3
PHIL 6440 Philosophy of Science 3
PHIL 6450 Philosophy of Mind 3
PHIL 6470 Problems in Metaphysics 3
PHIL 6959 Seminar in Philosophy, with topic approval 3

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.

Additional Neuroscience Specializations offered through Marquette University. 

Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

Computational, Neurorehabilitation and Neuroimaging Neuroscience

Application Deadline

January 15 for the following fall semester

Application Requirements

Read all application instructions prior to beginning an application.

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.