Graduate Program in Neuroscience


Application Due Date: December 2, 2019

The website application is currently closed for new applications. The application for 2020 admission is currently being altered due to MyGrad Program software issues. The application will now open on Sunday, September 1, 2019. Please feel free to check our application questions down below to get started early.

Application Information

  • Applications are accepted for Autumn Quarter admission only.
  • Graduate Non-Matriculated (GNM) students not accepted.
  • Undocumented individuals are eligible for admission; those with DACA status should refer to the DACA Students page for further details.
  • Graduate School application fee is $85.00.
  • Domestic applicants have a deadline of December 2, 2019 considered for Autumn 2020 admission.
  • International applicants have a deadline of December 2, 2019 considered for Autumn 2020 admission. (see International Student tab for further details)
  • Application is on-line only via the University of Washington Graduate Admissions site.

    Start your Application Here

Thank you for your interest in the Graduate Program in Neuroscience at the University of Washington.

Please turn in your application materials as soon as possible after October 1st in case we have questions or there is a problem with your file.

Application Instructions:

  1. Go to the UW Grad School application site:
    • If you have not already done so, create a Login ID and password.
    • Follow the Neuroscience application instructions through the Graduate School web site.
      • Please note that the Neuroscience program will not appear until the application is open
    • Fill out the on-line application form.
  2. Prior Schools and Unofficial Transcripts
    • Please report and upload all transcripts from prior colleges and universities you previously attended
  3. Online recommendations:
    • Type in the 3 recommender’s names and make sure you have selected “Online”.
    • Once you submit the names and emails, your recommenders will receive an automatic email telling them which website 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.
  4. Resume or CV
    • Please make sure to include all research experience, posters, presentations, and publications in your CV
  5. Short Answer Questions 
    • The Graduate Program in Neuroscience is dedicated to finding prospective students who are prepared, excited about Neuroscience, and have a dedication to the University of Washington. These questions will have character limits but we are waiting on a software update to know how many characters.
      • Using bullet points, please list the different research experiences you have had including summer research internships, academic year research, post-baccalaureate, and/or work-related experiences. How many total months of research experience do you have?  (20 hours per week for 1 year=6 full time months)
      • Tell us about your most successful or interesting research experience in a lab environment.
      • Why do you want to pursue a Ph.D. in Neuroscience?
      • Why do you want to attend the University of Washington?
      • What do you expect to be challenging about Graduate School? What are your plans for handling those challenges? Which qualities do you possess that you believe would help facilitate this success?
      • Describe a time you encountered a challenging obstacle, scientific or otherwise. how did you handle it?
      • Which UW Neuroscience Faculty member’s work particularly interests you, and why?
      • Is there anything else pertinent to your application that was not covered in the questions above? (Optional)
  6. Faculty List
  7. Permission to Share your application
    • Applications may be shared with other departments or programs in the Biomedical Sciences if a faculty member believes you may be a good fit for another program. This licenses us


  • 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.
  • Part of the on-line application allows you to insert your CV, and your answers to the Short Answer Questions into the actual application.
  • The Graduate Program in Neuroscience at the University of Washington sees the diversity of our students as one of its most important assets. During our interview process we schedule specific activities for applicants who belong to underrepresented minorities in the sciences. Although we respect the decision of applicants not to disclose their ethnicity, disability or any other personal information that identifies them as an underrepresented minority, having this information helps us introduce applicants to a community they can interact with in our Program, the University, and Seattle.

Interview Process

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 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 11-12, 2019
  • February 12-13, 2019

It is necessary that applicants keep these time periods open, including the preceding day for travel.

Requirements and Prerequisites

  • We encourage students from a broad range of academic backgrounds to apply, including those with undergraduate or master’s degrees in math, physics or bioengineering.
  • Must have a minimum of 6 months to 1 year of research experience, preferably in neuroscience.
  • Although not required, we do recommend prospective students take calculus before entering our program

GRE Scores

  • GRE scores will be fully optional for the Autumn 2020 Application cycle!
  • You may still send in your GRE scores if you would like, but we cannot guarantee that they will have any impact on your application.
  • GRE scores can be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to the Office of Graduate Admissions: (Use UW GRE code = 4854 only.)  ***Sign up early for testing as the October/November test dates fill up fast.
  • GREs must be taken by mid-November in order for scores to reach the Neuroscience Program office by December 1.
  • Scores must be less than 5 years old.

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.