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Washington State University Degree Programs

Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience


Admission Requirements

Students wishing to pursue a PhD in Veterinary Sciences: Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience need to have a strong math and science background with a minimum of a Bachelor's degree (a Master's degree is not required). Applicants need to submit an application on the WSU Graduate School website to be considered. Application documents must include: college transcripts (unofficial acceptable for initial review--upon admittance official transcripts are required), three (3) letters of reference, a resume or curriculum vita, a personal statement describing why you are interested in studying your chosen area of interest (clearly define which faculty mentor (minimum of 3) you are interested in working with and explain why. If admitted to WSU you will have the ability to refine your choice of faculty mentors while doing lab rotations), a writing sample (3-5 pages in length on scientific subject matter. It could be a senior research project or a sole author science-based published paper), and official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores (WSU code 4705). Include the % below as well as the raw score. Unique to the Veterinary Sciences: Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience Program is that students should contact the members of the IPN department that they may be interested in working with. Because of the limited number of laboratory slots, it is important that students have identified someone they may wish to work with prior to review of admissions documents. Students are permitted to do rotations and may select to change laboratories after admissions. Application review begins December 15th each year. Only complete applications with all accompanying documents will be reviewed. Applications are reviewed until all available slots are filled.

Degree Description

The doctoral program in Veterinary Sciences: Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience (IPN) is a very flexible program ideally suited for those students interested in pursuing doctoral level graduate work with a faculty member in IPN but not interested in the Neuroscience program. This often includes (but is not limited to) faculty in the muscle/biomechanical group in the department. Because of the wide range of potential thesis topics, the selection of appropriate class work for an individual student's program is left to the discretion of the student and their mentor. Classes typically include some background courses as well as graduate seminars, professional development opportunities, and a course in proposal writing and presentation. Students in the Veterinary Sciences: Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience participate in the activities sponsored by the Integrative Programs in Biomedical Sciences (iPBS). All programs that participate in iPBS have a common core curriculum in the first semester (rotations, professional development, and classes in scientific reasoning and quantitative analysis). After completion of the first semester of study, students have the option to change programs and complete their degree in anyone of the participating programs. Participating programs include Neuroscience, Molecular Bioscience, Immunology and Infectious Diseases, and Combined Residency PhD Programs (Anatomic Pathology and Clinical Microbiology). Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience, CVM and the Graduate School are committed to providing equal opportunity in its services, programs, and employment for individuals with disabilities. Academically qualified students with disabilities are provided with access to the individualized assistance that is consistent with the student's needs and the essential requirements of the program or course of study in which the student is enrolled. Reasonable accommodations are available for students with a documented disability.

Contact Information

Becky Morton
Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience
Washington State University
Telephone: 509-335-6624
Fax: 509-335-4650