Ph.D. and M.S. students in the IGPNS currently receive a stipend. This is a very competitive stipend rate relative to Ph.D. programs at other schools given the low cost of living in Madison, Wisconsin.
All tuition costs are also covered for IGPNS students as well as most health insurance expenses. Some students pay a small monthly fee depending on the specific health plan they choose.
During the first semester, students accepted into the IGPNS spend time with faculty on a rotational basis. This provides students the opportunity to learn about the research being done by a particular faculty and, in the process, discover more about their own research interests.
Upon completion of the rotation period, students join a faculty member’s lab for completion of their degree. In addition to serving as a research mentor, the faculty member also serves as the student’s academic advisor. Students work with their faculty mentor to discuss course selection/completion and frequently review overall progress.
Faculty mentors also act as the chair for the student’s thesis/dissertation committee. Students and their mentors choose committee members based on such things as mutual research interests and professional experiences that may be beneficial to the student’s research and future career. This committee meets at least annually to provide feedback and assistance.
For more information on degree requirements, timelines, dissertation/thesis requirements and preliminary and final examinations please refer to the IGPNS Handbook.