Application Deadlines

  • November 30 - International
  • December 1 - Domestic

The Neuroscience Graduate Program admissions committee carefully considers the entirety of an application and therefore we set no precise minimum requirements on specific metrics.

However, the following guidelines may be helpful: 

  1. Applicants must have or will have a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.
  2. Applicants must take the general GRE exam. A GRE subject test is not required but, if available, would certainly be considered in the overall evaluation. The average GRE scores of our matriculated students over the past 5 years are:
    • Verbal - 564 (75%)
    • Quantitative - 701 (71%)
    • Analytical Writing - 4.4 (53%)
  3. The average GPA of our matriculated students over the past 5 years is 3.47 on a 4.0 scale. In addition, the Graduate School requires a minimum average undergraduate GPA of B (3.0). Exceptions to this might be made in rare cases if there are counterbalancing strengths in the application (e.g., exceptional research experience and outstanding recommendations; see below). In evaluating candidates, emphasis will be placed on grades in science coursework.
  4. It is preferred that students have a strong life and/or natural science background, but the program also values students with a primarily behavioral neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, or computational background. The strongest candidates will have taken basic biology and chemistry and one or more of the following: biochemistry, physics, molecular and cellular biology, neurobiology, genetics, or other life science courses.
  5. Research experience carries great weight with the admissions committee and may be the single most important determining factor in assessing a candidate's qualifications for graduate school.  Research experience(s) should be detailed in your statement of purpose.
  6. Three letters of recommendation are required, preferably at least one of which should address research potential or accomplishments.
  7. Statement of Purpose - In compiling your statement of purpose, please include responses to the following:
    • Why do you want to attend graduate school?
    • Why do you want to study neuroscience?
    • Describe your academic background
    • Describe your research experience(s) in chronological order indicating your current interests and goals.
    • Why do you want to enroll in the neuroscience program at The Ohio State University?
    • What are your long range professional goals?
  8. For international students from non-English speaking countries a minimum TOEFL score of 79-80 iBT is required.