The M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs in neuroscience require a minimum 3.0 undergraduate/graduate GPA, scores from the GRE general test, three letters of recommendation, and a personal statement indicating the applicant's interests in neuroscience and career goals. A Masters degree is not required for admission to the Ph.D. program. International applicants from non-English speaking countries must score a 100 on the internet-based TOEFL, 600 on the paper-based TOEFL, or 7 on the IELTS. Conditional admission can be give if English proficiency is below these levels but applicants will have to take English as a Second Language courses prior to beginning study. Before beginning the program, an applicant is required to have completed a bachelor's degree with preparation adequate to take graduate coursework in neuroscience, including sufficient undergraduate coursework in chemistry, math, biology, psychology and/or neuroscience. Applicants for the Ph.D. degree are preferred over the M.S. degree, given applications of roughly equivalent merit.
There are no minimum cutoff scores for the GRE exam, however, the GRE is considered as part of the admissions decision. Over the past several years, average scores of accepted students on the GRE have been above the 60th percentiles on both the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE.
The deadlines for admission are:
Domestic applicants: January 15th
International applicants: January 1st (if requesting assistantship support)
International applicants: February 15th (if you have a government fellowship, Fulbright, or similar award)
Note that these deadlines are for a completed application.
"The curriculum, laboratory training, and scientific interactions I experienced during my graduate training prepared me well for a career in academic research...I definitely recommend this program to anyone with a serious interest in biomedical science.Maria Wildroudt-Sheakley, Ph.D. '05