Graduate Training in Neuroscience
University of Washington
Thank you for your interest in the Graduate Program in Neurobiology and Behavior at the University of Washington. Our program accepts applications for Autumn Quarter admission only. The fee for the Graduate School application is $85.00.
Our deadline for autumn 2015 has past. The deadline was December 1, 2014.
We do not accept Graduate Non-Matriculated (GNM) students.Please turn in your application materials as soon as possible after Oct. 1, in case we have questions or there is a problem with your file.
Applications are on-line only via the University of Washington Graduate Admissions site:
OUR WEBSITE APPLICATION WILL OFFICIALLY BE AVAILABLE OCTOBER 1, 2015 FOR AUTUMN 2016. YOU MAY WORK ON YOUR APPLICATION, BUT PLEASE DON'T SUMBIT IT UNTIL AFTER OCTOBER 1, 2015.
All on-line submissions must be received on or before December 1, 2015; international students due by November 1, 2015) to be considered for Autumn 2016 admission. Application materials received after this deadline will be reviewed at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.
International applicants have a deadline of November 1, 2015.
The Program expects each international applicant to find a Neuroscience Graduate Program faculty mentor who is willing to commit financial support for the student, before the deadline date of November 1. Typically, successful international applicants begin this process during the year prior to applying to our program. A letter from the faculty mentor stating his or her willingness to support the student should be submitted along with the general application.
An international student is anyone who IS NOT a U.S. citizen and does not hold a U.S. Permanent Resident Visa (i.e., "Green Card or Immigrant"). International applicants are those who currently hold or expect U.S. visas. This includes holders of H1-B, J-1 exchange visitors or any other non-immigrant classifications.
Here are the basic steps to completing the on-line application for prospective students after October 1:
- Go to the UW Grad School application site:
- If you have not already done so, create a Login ID and password.
- Follow the Neurobiology and Behavior application instructions through the Graduate School web site.
- Fill out the on-line application form.
- Online recommendations: Type in the 3 recommender's names. Make sure you have selected "Online". Once you submit the names, your recommenders will receive an automatic email telling them which web site to go to for uploading or copy-and-pasting the recommendation(s). After they have submitted the recommendation, you will then receive an email stating that the recommendation process has been completed. DO NOT choose "Postal"; we do not accept written letters. You can monitor the status of each recommendation on the application web site.
- You must upload your unoffical transcripts into the application. We do not accept paper transcripts.
- Complete the online process by paying the application fee using your credit or debit card and submitting the on-line application.
- You will then receive payment confirmation.
Part of the on-line application allows you to insert your CV, and a Statement of Purpose into the actual application. PLEASE NOTE: Three letters of recommendation are required. We cannot guarantee that your letters will be seen by the Admissions Committee if you mail us paper copies.
GRE scores will be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to the Office of Graduate Admissions: (Use UW GRE code = 4854 only.) For GRE Reporting dates: http://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/scores/get. GREs must be taken by mid-November in order for scores to reach the Neuroscience Program office by December 1. Please request registration forms or previous score reports from the Educational Testing Service (http://www.ets.org). Scores must be less than 5 years old. A Subject Test in the discipline of your choice is recommended, but not required.TOEFL(Test of English as a Foreign Language) - Please see University of Washington Graduate Admissions website for details. Only official TOEFL scores may be submitted.
An in-person interview is required for admission to the Graduate Program--no exceptions. Travel and lodging expenses for domestic applicants invited to interview with the program will be provided for by the Graduate Program. International applicants, however, must cover their own travel expenses to and from the United States, while the Graduate Program will provide for lodging during the interview process. Application finalists will be invited to interview during one of these two time periods: February 2-3 & and February 3-4, 2016. NO EXCEPTIONS TO THESE DATES WILL BE MADE! It is necessary that applicants keep these time periods open, including the preceeding day for travel.