December 5th is the application deadline for all applicants.

Incomplete or late applications will not be reviewed.


All applicants must meet the minimum criteria for admissions set by the University of Texas Office of Graduate Studies and the Neuroscience Graduate Program:

- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
- GPA of 3.0
- Minimum combined verbal and quantitative GRE score of 1100
- For international students whose native language is not English a TOEFL score of 550 (paper), 213 (computer-based) or 79 (internet-based) OR an overall band of 6.5 on the IELTS

In addition the Neuroscience Graduate Program strongly suggests:

- An undergraduate course preparation that includes at least:
- 1 year each of chemistry and biology
- Mathematics through calculus
- Courses in psychology and physics

- Subject GRE is strongly encouraged

*The pool of applicants is extremely competitive and the majority of those admitted far exceed the minimum requirements.

**Because international students are not eligible for support through traditional funding sources, such as training grants and pre-doctoral fellowships, admission of international students who do not have their own source of funding is exceptionally competitive.


***All students admitted to the INS Ph.D. program will be guaranteed funding at the level of $24,000/year for five years of study through a variety of internal and external sources, please see the financial support section for more info.





The application deadline for the Fall 2009 PhD program is December 5, 2008. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Application for admission to the Neuroscience program at The University of Texas at Austin requires submission of an application to the University of Texas Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC) and submission of an application to the Institute for Neuroscience as outlined below.

MD/PhD applicants please visit the MD/PhD program link for application information specific to that program. Applications to the MD/PhD program are ONLY accepted through AMCAS. For more information on the MD/PhD Program application process, please contact Ms. Leslie Walters (


Instructions for US and International applicants can be found at

The complete application to the GIAC includes the following components, for details refer to the admissions link listed above.

  • 1. The electronic Texas Common Application. The major code to use for the Neuroscience PhD program is 671100.

  • A "Statement of Purpose" is required with this application. This statement should be approximately 500 words indicating why you wish to pursue graduate work in Neuroscience.


    Three letters of recommendation.You will be requested to submit the names and email addresses of three recommenders in the “References” section of the online application. Be sure these email addresses are current and accurate. Your recommenders will be contacted via email and directed to submit their letters electronically via a website link where they complete a questionnaire and submit their letter of reference. If you make a mistake on the email address or if you need to replace one recommender with another please contact Marla Boye at marla.boye <at>

  • 2. Official college or university transcripts submitted to GIAC.

  • 3. Official GRE test scores must be sent by the ETS (the UT school code to use is 6882). However, if known, applicants can report their scores on page 3 of the electronic application. Subject GREs, while not required, are strongly encouraged. Subject GRE scores can be reported on page 7 of the electronic application.

  • 4. International Students send official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) scores.

  • 5. Application fee of $50.00 for US students and $75.00 for International students.



    The application to the INS includes the following components:

    1. Neuroscience Graduate Program application - download fillable PDF version at:

    2. Your resume and/or curriculum vitae including your date of birth and EID. Your EID will be emailed to you 1-2 business days after submitting your GIAC electronic application.

    3. Unofficial copies of your college or university transcripts.

    The preferred method of applying is via email to neuroscience <at>

    For assistance contact: INS Graduate Coordinator: phone: 512-471-3640; email: neuroscience <at>
    Applications may also be faxed or sent via mail.
    Fax: 512-471-0390
    By US Postal Service:
    Graduate Coordinator, Institute for Neuroscience
    The University of Texas at Austin
    1 University Station Stop C7000
    Austin TX 78712-0805

    By Courier Service:
    Graduate Coordinator, Institute for Neuroscience
    The University of Texas at Austin
    2506 Speedway

    NMS 4.104
    Austin, TX 78705

    Applications will be reviewed in December and the admissions committee will contact students who are being considered for the program in January for phone interviews. Students who are offered a position in the program are invited to visit the campus and be our guest for a recruitment weekend during February 19-22, 2009.



    Institute for Neuroscience Graduate Program

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