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Neurosciences Graduate and Ph.D. Program

The Department of Neurosciences offers graduate and postdoctoral training in a wide range disciplines in modern neuroscience. The Neurosciences graduate program has a strong emphasis on cellular and molecular mechanisms that mediate the function and development of the nervous system. Training in neurobiology is provided through a combination of research, course work, and seminars.

Thesis research opportunities are available with more than 20 faculty members working in areas such as development of sensory and motor systems, regeneration, sensory and cognitive neuroscience, pathway-finding by axons, synaptic function and plasticity, neurotrophin gene expression and trophic regulation, aging, neuron-glial interactions, simple neural circuits and neural modeling, regulation of neurotransmitter and receptor expression and neurogenetics.

The Department of Neurosciences is currently undergoing a period of expansion and is actively recruiting new primary faculty. One feature of the Department that makes it a particularly attractive training environment is the highly interactive atmosphere, characterized by extensive collaboration among laboratories and with other departments in the University

  • Developmental Neurobiology
  • Cellular and Molecular Neurosciences
  • Systems and Cognitive Neurosciences
  • Computational Neuroscience
  • Applied Neuroscience

Some reasons why you should consider our Neurosciences Ph.D. program.

Students can be admitted directly to the Neurosciences Ph.D. Program or to the BSTP, a combined admission program that offers more flexibility in the first year.

How to Apply to the Neurosciences PhD Program

(Please note: applicants must also follow the general guidelines of the School of Graduate Studies as they will make the final decision for acceptance into graduate school: Graduate Studies application information can be found under “Prospective Students/Admissions”).

The application deadline is January 15th. Students begin submitting applications in fall/winter.

Recruitment interviews are usually offered in January. If accepted, a student begins their studies the following summer.

An application includes:

  1. A completed Online Application, including a personal statement (Statement of Objectives).
  2. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework sent to the program office below. The transcripts must be in sealed envelopes from each university/college attended.
    • Note to International Students: Documents in languages other than English must be accompanied by certified translations in English.
  3. Official scores from the GRE exam, General Test (Subject Test not required). Please indicate that scores should be sent to Institution Code: 1105. The testing institution will forward the score report to us electronically.
  4. Official scores from the TOEFL exam if you are applying from Puerto Rico or a foreign country (Institution Code: 1105).
  5. Three letters of recommendation. The online application will request recommenders’ contact information for electronic submission.
  6. Application fee (US $50). When you submit the online application, you must pay by electronic check or credit card (we do not accept checks sent by mail). Instructions for payment are in the directions of the application.

Many common questions can be answered by reviewing our Frequently Asked Questions section. For more information, please contact Katie Wervey by email. Accepted or current students can contact Katie Wervey for a current copy of the Neurosciences Graduate Student Handbook or download it here.

Any additional materials can be sent to:

Katie Wervey
Graduate Student Coordinator
Case Western Reserve University
Department of Neurosciences
10900 Euclid Ave, SOM E653
Cleveland, OH 44106-4975

Phone: (216) 368-6252
FAX: (216) 368-4650

A list of Neurosciences Courses offered at CWRU.

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