Historically focused in two separate doctoral programs, the Doctoral Program in Neural Science (Faculty of Arts and Science) and the Doctoral Program in Neuroscience & Physiology (Sackler Institute, School of Medicine), neuroscience education is now harmonized and engages faculty across multiple departments, inter-disciplinary centers, and campuses.
Details about the neuroscience curriculum and extensive pool of neuroscience faculty mentors can be found here. There is a single application and admissions committee for the neuroscience training program at NYU.
Upon acceptance into NYU’s neuroscience graduate training program, each student is admitted into either the Doctoral Program in Neural Science (hosted by CNS) or the Graduate Program in Neuroscience and Physiology (hosted by NI), based in part on a match between each students’ interests and the research themes that are emphasized on each campus. Importantly, once they arrive at NYU, every graduate student has access to courses, laboratories, and training programs offered at both CNS and NI, regardless of the graduate program into which they are admitted. We encourage students to rotate in labs on both campuses. And many students join labs on a campus different from the doctoral program into which they are admitted. This unified training program provides every student the opportunity to tailor their graduate experience, to explore different research themes, and to experience the distinct intellectual cultures of each NYU campus.
Applications are due by December 1 for admission the following fall.
Admission to our graduate program is highly competitive, and applicants should have superior undergraduate grades, excellent letters of recommendation, and documented research experience. Students seeking admission should have a strong background in one or more of the academic areas involved in neuroscience, such as biology, experimental psychology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science, or engineering science. Students with foreign qualifications must demonstrate command of written and spoken English before admission to the program. Qualified women and minority students are especially encouraged to apply.
The department does not set minimum GPA, TOEFL, or IELTS scores or share past applicant and accepted student averages of these scores.
GRE tests are not required. Please do not send us GRE test scores. If you do, while the Graduate School will notify you that the scores were received, the scores will not be reviewed or considered by the Admissions Committee.