General Information

Application deadline: December 1

Because neuroscience is a multidisciplinary field, we welcome applications from students with outstanding undergraduate records in the biological, chemical, or physical sciences. Students with diverse backgrounds, from molecular biology to psychology, physics, and computer science have been successful in our Neuroscience Graduate Program. In particular, we seek students who will enthusiastically tackle a challenging graduate program leading to a career in neuroscience research. Qualities that lead to successful completion of our program include leadership, creativity, and commitment to the intense pursuit of new scientific discoveries. Students are considered for admission in the Fall Quarter only. Generally, we hope to recruit 6-10 students to each class. Because our student to faculty ratio is relatively small, the Neuroscience Graduate Program at UC Davis offers an unusual opportunity for students to obtain one-on-one training directly from faculty. In this regard, our Neuroscience Graduate Program is one of the best places to obtain training in neuroscience research in the United States.

The Admissions Committee, composed of 5 faculty members and one student from the Neuroscience Graduate Group, bases admission on a thorough evaluation of the application. The Admissions Committee considers many factors in creating a list of applicants invited to interview for positions in the Neuroscience Graduate Program. The applicant's undergraduate record, prior laboratory research experience, GRE General and Subject Test scores, letters of recommendation, and statement of purpose are all important factors in the initial evaluation. Once the committee has selected a group of students to interview, applicants are invited to our campus for personal interviews. These interviews constitute the final evaluation of the applicant and allow prospective students to determine if our program fits their interests.

A GRE subject test is recommended, but not required, and may include General Biology, Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Psychology. Applicants whose native language is not English, or who have not received a degree from an English language institution, are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign language (TOEFL). The TOEFL institution code is 4834 and the department code is 30 or 99; the GRE instutition code is 4834 and the department code is 213.  Further information on this requirement can be found with the Graduate Application. The UC Davis Neuroscience Graduate Program actively encourages applications from students with diverse backgrounds and from underrepresented ethnic groups.

UC Davis requires academic records from each college-level institution you have attended.  You will be instructed to upload scanned copies of your transcripts after you have submitted your online application.  For more details visit

Please do not submit paper copies of letters of recommendation, publications, CVs, resumes, or application essays.  All required documents or information should be submitted electronically via the online application with the exception of transcripts.

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