To be considered for admission to the Neuroscience Graduate Program, students must have the following:
- 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.
- A degree in a biological, physical, or behavioral science, and courses in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics. Neuroscience courses are desirable but not essential.
- Research experience is an advantage.
Students also must complete the forms and send in the materials outlined in the instructions on how to apply.
Admission is based on evaluation of:
- Undergraduate transcript(s)
- Description of academic preparation for a career in the neurosciences
- Comprehensive description of research experiences and technical skills
- Letters of recommendation
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. The minimum composite score for the IELTS is 7.0.
- Institution code: 2660
- Department code: 30
International applicants are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement who have received a baccalaureate or a master's degree from a college/university/institution in any of the following countries:
- British Caribbean and British West Indies
- Canada (except Quebec)
- Republic of Ireland
- New Zealand
- Northern Ireland
- United States
Application deadline is December 15.
Qualified applicants generally will be requested to visit Penn State for an interview prior to acceptance decisions.