Application Deadline: December 1
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MUST READ: All completed applications (which MUST include letters of recommendation) received through December 1st are guaranteed to be reviewed on this schedule for entrance for the fall semester. Applications received after the December 1st date will need to reapply for the following year.
Criteria for Admission
MD-PhD Program info
Apply immediately using this Graduate School Admissions online application form.
The application package contains more detailed explanations of the required documents.
- 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.
- Personal Statement:
A few pages usually suffice.
- Official Transcripts: (uploaded on application web site)
official transcripts from each college or university attended will be required once you are admitted.
- Letters of Recommendation: from at least three persons familiar with your research potential.
- Official TOEFL score: Institution code: 4853
(when applicable). Use institution code ONLY. Can I waive the TOEFL exam?
All completed applications (which MUST include letters of recommendation) received through December 1st are guaranteed to be reviewed on this schedule for entrance for the fall semester. Applications received after the December 1st date will need to reapply for the following year.
December 1: Application deadline.
December 15: Review of completed applications begins.
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.
Criteria for Admission
NONDISCRIMINATION AND DISABILITY ACCOMODATION 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):
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.
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.
Many successful applicants have worked in a laboratory and have obtained an experience-based commitment to a research career.
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 (NOT REQUIRED):
We no longer require the GRE. Please do not submit scores. Any scores submitted will not be reviewed by the admissions committee.
TOEFL scores (for International students):
International applicants are required to submit an official TOEFL for students whose first language is not English. Can I waive the TOEFL exam?
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.