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 biology, physics, mathematics, chemistry, physiological psychology, neuroscience, or other appropriate disciplines. All applicants must take the graduate record examination (GRE).
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.
Applications are evaluated by the Admissions Committee consisting of faculty from the Neuroscience Graduate Program. The admissions committee looks at research experience, past publications, letters of recommendation, personal and educational statements, grades and GRE scores. All aspects of each application are reviewed and discussed by the committee. There is no minimum GPA or GRE to be admitted and students may be admitted to the Program without completion of all of the recommended coursework. The admissions committee will determine whether additional work needs to be done during the first year in order to remedy any deficiencies.
Selected applicants are invited to visit the University of Cincinnati for interviews with the admissions committee, other faculty, and our current neuroscience graduate students.