Base requirements for consideration for admission to the Neuroscience are listed below.
► Students holding a B.S. degree or M.S. from an accredited institution. The average undergraduate GPA and graduate GPA of recent accepted students is 3.4 and 3.6, respectively.
► Coursework in quantitative skills—particularly as it relates to chemistry, physics, biology, genetics, biochemistry, and neuroscience. Nevertheless, students without these backgrounds are also encouraged to apply.
► UGA will accept satisfactory scores on either the TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo language proficiency examinations. Scores must be reported to UGA electronically by the testing agency.
- The minimum TOEFL score requirement: overall score of 80 with at least 20 on speaking and writing
- The minimum IELTS score requirement: overall band-width of 6.5, with no single band (score) below 6.0
- The minimum Duolingo score requirement: overall score of 105
Applicants whose primary language is not English must submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores that are not more than two years old. Applicants who have received degrees from accredited institutions in the U.S. or from institutions in countries where English is the primary language (see list here) are usually are not required to submit scores. If such an applicant received the degree more than two years prior to application to the Graduate School and has been residing/working in a country where the primary language is not English, they must submit current scores.
Full consideration for financial support will be given to applications received by the stated ILS deadline:
► December 4th, 2021.
Applications are screened in early January. Assessment focuses on research experience, strength of a candidate’s letters of reference, GPA, overall potential for graduate study, and perceived fit with the program. Excellence in one or more areas can offset deficiencies in other areas. Therefore, explanations for deficiencies should be described in your Personal Statement.
Top domestic applicants will be invited to visit the UGA campus in early February for in-person interviews and interactions with current students and research faculty. Top international applicants will have a Skype-based interview.
Offers of admission will be extended to successful applicants shortly after interviews. Approximately 80% of interviewees are typically extended an admission offer.
In exceptional cases, students may be admitted directly into the Neuroscience Program. However, as our program is inherently interdisciplinary, we strongly advises students to take part in any opportunity (like the ILS lab rotations) which provides valuable cross-disciplinary training. The faculty a student rotates with may later serve on their dissertation committee and prove to be critical collaborators in future research.
To inquire about direct admission, please contact the Neuroscience Program Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Direct admission applicants must contact the Neuroscience Program Office prior to submitting an application. Unsolicited applications risk being unevaluated. Our office only considers applications submitted by the deadlines set by the Graduate School.
Domestic Application Deadlines
Fall Semester – July 1
Spring Semester – November 15
Summer Semester – May 1
International Application Deadlines
Fall Semester – April 15
Spring Semester – October 15
Summer Semester – February 15