Graduate and professional students are producers of knowledge. Our understanding of the world grows as a direct result of their research and discoveries. That’s one of the reasons that Reuter’s maintains a ranking of the World’s Most Innovative Universities — the institutions that are doing the most to advance science, invent new technologies and power new markets and industries. Ohio State is one of those select universities, where the knowledge producers are invited to push boundaries and explore horizons. If you’re excited by the notion that your ideas could lead anywhere, then the neuroscience graduate program at Ohio State is designed for you.

How to Apply

Applications to the Neuroscience Graduate Program must be submitted online through Graduate and Professional Admissions. All materials must be submitted by December 1 in order for your application to be considered complete for the review process.


Qualified U.S. and international applicants are eligible for admission. Selection for admission into the program is evaluated based upon the following: 

  • 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.
  • Three letters of recommendation are required attesting to your research experience/potential and academic accomplishments.
  • Official Transcripts
    • Applicants must have or will have a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.
  • 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). In evaluating candidates, emphasis will be placed on grades in science coursework.
  • 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.
  • Statement of Purpose - In compiling your statement of purpose, please include responses to the following:
    • How have your personal experiences shape your career as a student, as a scientist, or as a member of your community?
    • Why do you want to attend graduate school?
    • Why do you want to study neuroscience at The Ohio State University?
    • Describe your academic background
    • Describe your research experience(s) in chronological order indicating your current interests and goals.
    • What are your long range professional goals?
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume

Note: We no longer require the GRE general exam for admission into the program.

International students:

International applicants who are currently living outside the US are typically directly admitted into an NGP Faculty member's lab (instead of being admitted and then rotating with various faculty). In contrast, international applicants who currently live in the US are processed similar to domestic students.

International applicants who are currently living outside the US are strongly encouraged to reach out to NGP faculty members with complementary research interests and to secure their endorsement for your application. For example, those international applicants who have an NGP faculty member reach out to the NGP Admissions Committee on their behalf are much more likely to be successful in their applications. 

Additionally, international students from non-English speaking countries only must provide:

  • Proof of English Proficiency -
    • TOEFL Exam
      • a minimum TOEFL score of 79-80 iBT is required
    • IELTS Exam
      • 7.0 on the IELTS Academic test or IELTS Indicator
    • Duolingo