Graduate Program in Neuroscience


Do you share my applications with different departments?

Yes, we do share applications with other departments with your consent.

Do I need to take the GRE to complete my application?

No, GRE scores are optional and therefore not needed to apply to our program.

If I decide to take the GRE, do I need official scores to submit my application?

Self report GRE scores are accepted if your official scores have not yet been made available.

If I decide to take the GRE, do I need to re-send my GRE scores for a different cycle then the one I originally applied for?

Yes, you need to re-send the scores for the current application cycle. When the admissions committee reviews applications they only look at the current applications; there is no way to link information from past applications to the current one.

Is the Graduate Program in Neuroscience part of the UW medical school?

No. We are an interdisciplinary neuroscience program through the Graduate School. We do have a number of faculty who are in departments within the Medical School, but we are not limited to those faculty and our degree does not lead to an MD which is a clinical degree, but rather a PhD in a research training program.

What are your average test scores and interview/acceptance rates?

As an interdisciplinary program we do not have a “cut-off point” or minimums on GRE scores or GPA. We try to balance the application review by looking at the overall picture of the student’s application.

  • We usually interview 40-45 applicants.
  • We make offers to about 35 applicants.
  • Usually 8-12 applicants accept.
  • Average applicant GPA is 3.50
  • Average applicant GREs are in the 80-90’s percentiles for verbal and quantitative

What should my Statement of Purpose say?

A statement of purpose is meant to explain why you are applying to graduate school, to the Graduate Program in Neuroscience. What have you done? What excites you about neuroscience? A PhD can take 5-6 years to complete – why do you want to do that? It is also an opportunity for you to demonstrate that you can write coherently. You will have many stats, transcripts, GREs, your CV and 3 letters of recommendation, but this is your primary way to share your voice.

Can I get my application fee waived?

There is a fee-waiver process and it is means-tested. When submitting your application you will get to the part where you put in your credit card information, at that point you can request a fee waiver. You will need to provide financial information, etc. The waiver can take 4-5 working days so you need to submit your application in advance of our deadline.

Does your program use rolling admissions, or are all applications considered at the same time after the deadline?

We only accept applications during the open application period and we only review applications after the deadline of December 1st.

Can I qualify for the program without Neuroscience/Research (lab) experience?

The research experience is to make sure that you understand what you are getting into and that you have the background to be successful in a graduate research-training program. What your hands-on experience is and it’s value to your foundational education can really depend on what you choose as your dissertation research project.

What is grad housing like?

There is graduate housing available, but most Neuro grad students live off campus.