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Doctor of Philosophy

About the Program

Explore one of the most exciting frontiers in biomedical research with a PhD in Neurosciences from Case Western Reserve, one of the top research universities  in the U.S. Here, you’ll have access to our School of Medicine’s 34 core research facilities to conduct research on neurogenetics, computational neuroscience and many other topics. Combine that experience with seminars and you’ll be prepared to start your career as a neurosciences researcher, professor or industry professional.

What to Expect

This fully funded PhD is a part of our Biomedical Sciences Training Program, which has 11 different PhD options under the biomedical sciences umbrella. Our interdisciplinary approach allows you to specialize in neurosciences while also taking electives in related topics. Within the department, you can try courses on the neurobiology of behavior and protein biophysics supplemented by a course in cell and molecular biology. You’ll head into your research pursuits with a strong foundation of knowledge in multiple areas, ready to decide on your niche—from neurotransmission to psychiatric disorders, or dozens of other topics.

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A Place for Success

What more could you ask for in a place to live and study? Besides being located just steps from three major hospital systems—and just a short drive from a fourth—you'll have plenty to explore beyond just your latest research project.

CWRU is within walking distance to both the Cleveland Museum of Art (free admission for all), and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History (discounted admission for students). We also have the Dittrick Medical History Center right on campus.

Plus, Cleveland is consistently ranked one of the country’s most affordable cities, boasts a vibrant arts and culture scene and is often hailed in the press as a hot new dining city. We know you’ll feel at home here—and you’ll have experiences you’ll remember for a lifetime—as you pursue your PhD.

By the Numbers


tuition coverage, including healthcare


medical research school in the country, U.S. News & World Report


most innovative university, Reuters


in the country for translating research into commercial success, Brookings Institution

Admission Requirements

Our program thrives when we have students with diverse perspectives and a range of educational, professional and life experiences. We look forward to learning more about you!

The application process requires:

  • Online application, including a statement of purpose
  • $50 application fee
  • Bachelor’s degree and/or master’s degree from an accredited institution (either already complete, or will be complete before you enroll)
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Current resume/CV
  • List of research experiences (optional)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • International applicants: Results of TOEFL, IELTS or PTE

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