The Neuroscience Graduate Program
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Application Deadlines:

2018-2019 academic year
Applications to the Ph.D. and M.S. programs are now closed.

2019-2020 academic year
The deadline for Ph.D. and M.S. applications will be decided this summer.

Applying to the Graduate Program in Neuroscience

Prospective students can apply online at the Brandeis University GSAS website.

Applicants must take the GRE aptitude examinations, and are encouraged to take one advanced subject exam. Students will be admitted on the basis of academic records, GRE scores, and letters of recommendation from at least three faculty members for the PhD program, and two for the Master's program. See the Life Sciences Requirements webpage on the GSAS website for additional information on the requirements to apply to the Neuroscience graduate program.

The deadline to apply to the PhD program is December 1st but applicants are encouraged to submit their completed application in advance of this deadline to ensure early consideration. The Neuroscience Ph.D. program will begin reviewing applications in early December. Late applications may be considered, but first consideration will be given to applications received by the deadline. For M.S. applicants, the admission deadline is rolling through May 1; application review begins in January. (Please note that the application may be closed earlier if the desired cohort size is reached prior to June 1; questions can be emailed to 

Brandeis University is committed to providing an environment free from discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, color, ancestry, religious creed, gender identity and expression, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, disability, Vietnam Era veteran, qualified special, disabled veteran or other eligible veteran status or any other category protected by law. The Grad Program in Neuroscience welcomes applications from students with disabilities. The university has support services in place for this population.

For more information about applying to the Neuroscience graduate program, please refer to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences website.

Visits to Brandeis

Applicants are encouraged to visit Brandeis to meet with students and faculty. Such visits are generally scheduled by the admissions committee (for PhD applicants) or at the request of the applicant (for MS applicants). Applicants to the Neuroscience Ph.D. program should indicate on their online application the names of the faculty with whom they wish to meet during their visit.

Notification of acceptance to the program

Notifications of acceptance or rejection are sent out as decisions are reached. For PhD applicants, this will occur no later than the end of April.

Questions regarding the application process should be directed to:

Division of Science Graduate Affairs Office
Brandeis University, MS 009
Waltham, MA 02254-9110
Phone: 781-736-2352
Fax: 781-736-2349
email:  scigradoffice @

415 South Street, Waltham, MA 02453 (781) 736-2000