Neuroscience Graduate Degree Program


Website: Neuroscience Graduate Degree Program's website

Phone: 608-262-4932

9531 WIMR II
1111 Highland Ave.
Madison, WI 53705


One of the most distinguishing features of neuroscience as a field of inquiry is its inherent interdisciplinary nature. Scientific research on the structure and function of the nervous system is conducted at multiple levels of investigation and employs many different approaches and methodologies. The questions posed in modern neuroscience often cut across traditional departmental boundaries. A distinct advantage of a strong research institution such as UW-Madison is the existence of a critical mass of faculty researchers who collaborate and share common approaches or research questions. The research areas listed are not inclusive of all research projects in the Program, but are meant to serve as a guide for prospective students as they begin to consider their graduate school career. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of neuroscience, a number of faculty are listed under multiple areas.

These five broad research areas are particularly strong in the NTP at UW-Madison: Membrane Excitability & Synaptic Transmission; Behavior, Cognition and Emotion; Development, Plasticity & Repair; Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience; Systems and Circuits; Neurobiology of Disease. They are not inclusive of all research projects in the Program but serve as a guide for prospective students as they begin to consider their graduate school career.


Graduate school application fee waivers are available upon request. A competitive stipend that covers tuition, fees, living costs and health insurance is provided for all students accepted into NTP. NTP also offers annual travel awards for students to present their research. Support is derived from training grant stipends, fellowships, and faculty research grants. Support is guaranteed for five years if progress is satisfactory. Consideration for financial aid is automatic with each application.


More than 175 applications for admission to the Program are received each year, and 10 students, on average, matriculate. Applications for fall admission should be completed no later than December 1. The program does not offer spring or summer admission. All application materials need to be received by that date to ensure consideration, this includes letters of recommendation and transcripts. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required. Applications are reviewed in December and selected applicants are invited to campus for an interview weekend in January or February. Final admission decisions are made by the end of March and in accordance with the Council of Graduate Schools national deadline, applicants have until April 15 to respond to an offer of admission.

Prospective students are encouraged to communicate directly with faculty of interest. Please see our faculty trainers page to find those you are interested in working with. We encourage students from a broad range of academic backgrounds to apply, including but not limited to those with focus in life sciences, physical sciences, computer science, or engineering. We highly recommend that applicants take college-level courses in mathematics, chemistry, physics and biology. A competitive applicant usually will have prior research experience and should describe their research experience in the Statement of Purpose/Personal Statement.