The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

Neuroscience Admission requirements

Criteria you need to meet to be considered for admission to the Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Neuroscience at Penn State.
To apply to the Neuroscience Program at the Hershey Campus, please visit


To be considered for admission at the University Park Campus:

You must have an appropriate academic background, including a minimum Grade Point Average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) during the last two years (junior/senior) of a bachelor's degree at an accredited college or university.

Your degree should be in a biological, physical or behavioral science, and you should have taken courses in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics.Neuroscience courses are desirable but not essential. Research experience is an advantage.

You must also complete the forms and send us the materials outlined in the instructions on how to apply.

Admission is based on evaluation of your:

  • Undergraduate transcript(s)
  • GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) Aptitude Test scores
    • Institution code: 2660
    • Department code: 0213
  • Description of academic preparation for a career in the neurosciences
  • Comprehensive description of research experiences and technical skill
  • Letters of recommendation

Note: International applicants are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement who have received a baccalaureate or a masters degree from a college/university/institution in any of the following countries:

  • TOEFL scores (international students only). With some exceptions (noted below), international applicants need to take the TOEFL (Test Of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) and submit the results of the test with application for admission.
    • The Neuroscience Program requires a score of at least 600 on the paper test, a score of 250 on the Computer-based test, or a total score of 100 in the Internet based test with a reading component score of at least 23.
      • Institution code: 2660
      • Department code: 30
    • The minimum composite score for the IELTS is 7.0.
    • Australia
    • Belize
    • British Caribbean and British West Indies
    • Canada (except Quebec)
    • England
    • Guyana
    • Republic of Ireland
    • Liberia
    • New Zealand
    • Northern Ireland
    • Scotland
    • United States
    • Wales



    Application deadline is December 15th for the following Fall semester.



    Qualified applicants generally will be requested to visit Penn State for an interview prior to acceptance decisions.