Registration Requirements

Full-time registration is required of all students in the Program during the fall and spring semesters. The Graduate School considers full-time registration for students who are not dissertators (please see Dissertator Status page) to be 8-15 graduate level credits (level 300 and above, no audits or pass-fail) during each of the fall and spring semesters. Though the maximum number of credits is 15 we strongly encourage students to enroll for a maximum of 12 credits. In the summer, students in the Program who are not dissertators may register for 2 credits during the 8-week summer session, which is not considered full-time registration. If you decide to register for 2 research credits, you are responsible for knowing about other obligations that may be affected by part-time registration in the summer, such as visa regulations or those of certain funding agencies that may require continuous full-time registration for the calendar year (see Graduate School Academic Guidelines for additional caveats).

You are eligible to become a dissertator after you have passed the Program’s Preliminary Examination and have met the Graduate School’s residency requirements. Dissertators register for 3 credits each semester including the summer. Usually dissertators register for 2 credits of Neuroscience 990 Research and Thesis and 1 credit of the Neuroscience Seminar Neuroscience Training Program fall and spring semesters, and 3 credits of Research and Thesis during the 8-week summer session. It is advantageous to all concerned for you to become a dissertator as soon as possible since tuition payments for dissertators are much lower. If you are a dissertator and you wish to register for other courses, you may be able to. Please contact the Program Office for additional details.

Course numbers, drop/add procedures, and registration deadlines are published in the online schedule of classes. A new version is available each semester on the web ( Registration will occur on the web at your My UW enrollment page ( Some registration information is also available on the Registrar’s website ( Class numbers for research courses such as Neuroscience 990 Research and Thesis change each semester and are listed in the online schedule of classes. It is your responsibility to be aware of the information published in the schedule of classes. Students will be responsible for any fees for additional credits, late registration, or late payment of tuition and fees.

The Program adheres to the Graduate School’s minimum course credit requirements. To earn the Ph.D. in Neuroscience you must complete 51 credits, 32 of which must be taken in residence. Half of your degree coursework (26 credits out of 51 total credits) must be completed in courses numbered 700 or higher or in NTP courses 610, 611, 629, 630, 635, 670, 675, or in courses outside of the NTP that have been identified as graduate level by the courses’ subject owner or department.


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