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Program Requirements

The University of Cincinnati is an R1 Research University, and prospective students should be able to demonstrate motivation and aptitude for laboratory research. Prospective students are expected to have a Bachelor's degree or above and have completed a curriculum that includes course work in some or all of these areas: biology, physics, mathematics, chemistry, psychology, neuroscience, and other appropriate scientific disciplines.

International students whose first language is not English must take the TOEFL. English proficiency is a requirement for doctoral candidacy in the neuroscience graduate program. The minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Internet-based test (iBT) total score from international applicants is 100. The minimum overall score for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is 6.5.

The Neuroscience Graduate Program does not require GRE scores.


The Admissions Committee, which consists of Neuroscience Graduate Program faculty, reviews all applications. Applicants are expected to have a minimum 3.0 GPA. The Committee evaluates research experience, past publications, letters of recommendation, personal and educational statements, and grades. In some instances, promising applicants may be admitted to the Program without completing all the recommended coursework. The Committee will determine whether additional course work should be taken during the first year in order to remedy any deficiencies. Inquiries about the program and selection process are welcome!

The Neuroscience Graduate Program will arrange travel and accommodations for highly qualified applicants to visit the University of Cincinnati for interviews with the Committee, other neuroscience faculty, and our current graduate students. Interviews are held in mid to late January and early February. Typically, admission decisions are released in early to mid March.

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Neuroscience Graduate Program
Medical Sciences Building
Room 1058B
231 Albert Sabin Way
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0548

Mail Location: 0548
Phone: 513-558-1803