When to Apply
Students normally begin their studies in the fall semester, which starts in late August. Applications should be received by February 1 to be considered for financial support.
Review of Applicants
Applications are reviewed by prospective major professor as indicated by the applicant either by name or by matching research interests mentioned in the letter of intent. The Graduate Affairs Committee (GAC), composed of Neuroscience faculty elected for this purpose, then reviews the applications of students approved by potential major professors.
Admission to this program is highly competitive. Even exceptional applicants are admitted only when there is an opening with one of the participating faculty. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required of all applicants.
All applicants must provide three letters of reference that speak to the applicant’s aptitude for graduate research. For applicants for whom English is a second language, a TOEFL score of at least 600 (250 computer-based or 100 IBT) is required. Successful applicants must also have at least a 3.0 undergraduate GPA. In exceptional circumstances, these requirements may be adjusted. Applications that meet these criteria are forwarded to the appropriate faculty for review. The Neuroscience Program admits students who are accepted by Neuroscience faculty.
The program will also review the academic background of each applicant to determine any areas of deficiency. The following undergraduate courses (or their equivalents) are required: biology, cell biology or biochemistry, genetics, introductory psychology, general and organic chemistry, statistics, mathematics through calculus, physics and computer science. Identified deficiencies will be noted for future use by the student’s graduate committee should the student be accepted.