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Prospective Students

The Neurosciences Graduate Program is a multidisciplinary program committed to excellence in training young neuroscientists. The students accepted into the program, many with diverse backgrounds, reflect outstanding undergraduate records in the physical, biological, and social sciences as well as a demonstrated commitment to research.

Although there are no strict course requirements for admission, a suggested undergraduate preparation includes at least one year each of general biology, calculus and physics, two years of chemistry (general, physical, or organic), as well as advanced course work in other areas of science, such as biophysics, biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, molecular biology, neurobiology, microbiology, and immunology.

How to Apply

The online application for Fall 2021 is now closed.

The application for Fall 2022 Admission will open in September 2021. 

A completed application contains:

  • The completed online application
  • Payment of application fee ($120 U.S. citizens and residents; $140 international)
  • Uploaded transcripts; scan the front and back side, even if the back is blank. All transcripts from post secondary institutions including community colleges and study abroad should be submitted. Please do not send hard copy transcripts unless you are asked to do so upon admission.
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose (750 word limit)
  • Research Statement (750 word limit)
  • Official TOEFL* scores (international applicants for whom English is a second language)
    • Our Institution Code is 4836 and our Department Code is 99

*A test of English language proficiency is required for international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution in which English is the language of instruction and in a country where English is a dominant language.The TOEFL test should be taken by by November 1 in order to ensure your scores will arrive by the deadline.

Beginning with the Fall 2020 application cycle, the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is no longer used in our admissions process.

Address inquiries to:

Neurosciences Graduate Program
University of California, San Diego 
9500 Gilman Drive 0634 
La Jolla CA 92093-0634

Phone: 858-534-3377 
Fax: 858-534-8242 
E-mail: neurograd@ucsd.edu