Neurosciences (NE75)

The Neurosciences Graduate Program at the University of California, San Diego offers an outstanding opportunity for graduate training in one of the most highly interactive scientific environments available in the United States. The program brings together world-class research institutions and laboratories at UCSD, the Salk Institute, The Scripps Research Institute, and the Sanford-Burnham Institute, to create one of the largest and most diverse neuroscience environments for graduate training. The program combines this environment with a rich, progressive curriculum covering multiple neuroscience disciplines, mentored research with leading faculty investigators in nearly 150 laboratories, and collaborative opportunities across clinical and academic settings. The program is frequently ranked as one of the top neuroscience graduate programs in the country.

Program Info

Area of Study Health Sciences
Program Overview The Neurosciences Graduate Program at UC San Diego is an interdisciplinary program that covers a broad spectrum of sub-disciplines in neuroscience including medicine, cellular and molecular biology, psychology, cognitive science, engineering and mathematics. Participating faculty come from various departments across the UCSD campus as well as the Salk Institute, the Scripps Research Institute, and the Sanford-Burnham Institute. The enormous breadth of research interests represented among our faculty provides integrated training that encompasses molecular, cellular, developmental, systems, computational, cognitive, behavioral, and clinical neuroscience.

Computational Neuroscience and Anthropogeny

Department Neurosciences
Major Neurosciences
Degree Doctor of Philosophy
Admissions Terms Fall
Application Deadlines December 5, 2018 (Fall 2019)

Basic Requirement

Admissions Tests

GRE General is required.

GRE Subject Test is recommended.

GRE Subject Test recommended is Biology
English Proficiency Exams

(international applicants only)

A test of English language proficiency is required for international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution in which English is the language of instruction and in a country where English is a dominant language.

The following test(s) are accepted by this department:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
PTE (Pearson Test of English)

Letters of Recommendation

Minimum of 3 recommendations required.

Statement of Purpose


Submit online only, 2500 word limit



Contact Info

Campus Office CNCB, Rooms 276 and 277
Phone (858) 534-3377
Fax (858) 534-8242
Mailing Address
University of California, San Diego
Neurosciences Graduate Program
9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0634
La Jolla, CA 92093-0634