Application Deadline: December 31
Application Procedure:

Contents of this document:


Graduate School Admissions Online application form. (The application fee will be paid by the Neuroscience Program)

MUST READ: All completed applications (which MUST include letters of recommendation) received through December 31st are guaranteed to be reviewed on this schedule for entrance for the fall semester. Applications received after the December 31st date will need to reapply for the following year.

Documents Required
Application Timetable
Criteria for Admission
MD-PhD Program info


  • Apply immediately using this Graduate School Admissions online application form. (The application fee will be paid by the Neuroscience Program)
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  • Documents Required
    The application package contains more detailed explanations of the required documents.
    1. Application Form:
      You can submit this form now using our Graduate School Admissions Online Application Form. All students admitted to the program receive scholarships and tuition waivers, so a separate application for financial support is not required.
    2. Personal Statement:
      A few pages usually suffice.
    3. Official Transcripts: (uploaded on application web site)
      official transcripts from each college or university attended will be required once you are admitted.
    4. GRE Scores:
      an official copy of the Graduate Record Examination aptitude tests. Institution code: 4853
      General test required, subject test optional.
    5. Letters of Recommendation:
      from at least three persons familiar with your research potential.
    6. Official TOEFL score: Institution code: 4853
      (when applicable). Use institution code ONLY. Can I waive the TOEFL exam?
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    Application Timetable
    All completed applications (which MUST include letters of recommendation) received through December 31st are guaranteed to be reviewed on this schedule for entrance for the fall semester. Applications received after the December 31st date will need to reapply for the following year.

    December 15: Review of completed applications begins.
    December 31st: Application deadline.
    February-March: Interview visits for applicants residing in North America.
    March 15-April 10: Applicants are notified of admissions decision.
    April 15: Decision date for acceptance of admission offers by applicants.

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    Criteria for Admission

    NONDISCRIMINATION AND DISABILITY ACCOMMODATION STATEMENT

      The University of Utah does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, status as a disabled individual, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, genetic information or protected veteran's status, in employment, treatment, admission, access to educational programs and activities, or other University benefits or services. Additionally, the University endeavors to provide reasonable accommodations and to ensure equal access to qualified persons with disabilities. Inquiries concerning perceived discrimination or requests for disability accommodations may be referred to the University's Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 South Presidents Circle, Rm.135, Salt Lake City, UT, 84112,801-581-8365 (voice/tdd), 801-585-5747 (fax), or online at: www.oeo.utah.edu.


    Admission decisions are based on the following factors (not necessarily listed in order of importance):
    Educational Background:
    Applicants should have some undergraduate training in the life sciences, but students with strong chemistry, physics, engineering or mathematics backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Deficiencies in basic undergraduate courses can be remedied in the first year of graduate school.

    Undergraduate Performance:
    Ideally, the undergraduate record should be strong in all areas. However, evidence of ability to perform well in all science courses, particularly those stressing quantitative skills, is most important. The graduate school requires a minimum 3.0 GPA for admission.

    Research Experience:
    Many successful applicants have worked in a laboratory and have obtained an experience-based commitment to a research career.

    Recommendations:
    Strong statements of support from persons in a position to evaluate the applicant's potential for success as a graduate student have significant impact on admissions decisions. Letters from instructors supervising research are strongly encouraged. (We do not require a letter of recommendation form).

    GRE scores:
    A strong performance on this test carries considerable weight. In evaluating the performance on the advanced test, allowances are made for differences in undergraduate preparation.

    International applicants are required to submit an official TOEFL for students whose first language is not English.

    Personal Statement:
    The personal statement should be articulate and give evidence of a strong commitment to research. Mention of specific, well-focused interests is useful, but not essential; overly vague statements may be detrimental. The statement offers the applicant a unique opportunity to demonstrate critical thinking ability.

    Personal Interview (North American residents only):
    Promising applicants are invited to visit the University of Utah to meet graduate students and faculty members and to learn more about the graduate program, the University, and the local environment. Travel, food, and lodging costs are paid by the Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program.
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    MD-PhD Program
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