PhD in Neuroscience

The PhD in Neuroscience is a research-intensive program to train students for independent research careers in higher education, industry, and government agencies.

Our graduate students work with leading faculty from multiple departments, colleges, and campus across WSU, providing a broad selection of mentors and potential topics for thesis research.

WSU has prepared me to accomplish my future goals by providing me the foundational skills of asking and answering scientific questions through a collaborative and supportive learning environment.

Ginny Park, graduate student in Neuroscience

Integrated graduate program

  • Common core curriculum. Graduate students take common courses in biomedical ethics, responsible conduct, experimental design, and deconstruction of research.
  • 8-week lab rotations. Choose at least three labs and work alongside faculty researchers to discover your research interest and choose a mentor.
  • Professional development. Attend ongoing academic and career development training in our Leadership and Professional Series to enhance communication, mentoring, diversity, and leadership skills.

Tuition and financial resources


About the department

The Department of Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience offers undergraduate through postdoctoral education in neuroscience and integrative physiology, and our faculty provide core instruction in the professional veterinary medical program. Students have the opportunity to work with leading faculty to gain hands-on research experiences beginning their very first year.


Questions about the neuroscience graduate degree program? Email Grad.neuro@wsu.edu.  

Pullman, Washington

Pullman is located in the Palouse region of the Inland Northwest, homelands of the Nimíipuu (Nez Perce) Tribe and Palus people. The Palouse has one of the most beautiful and unique landscapes in the world. Rolling hills and wide-open skies give the region its distinctive appeal.

Residents enjoy outdoor activities and the benefits of small town living with the cultural richness of bigger city life.

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