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Applying to the Neuroscience PhD Program

Applications to the Neuroscience PhD Program are only accepted online. Apply Online through the UTSA Graduate School Information and Application Portal. See the Graduate School for additional details.


December 1 - to be considered for admission in the next Fall

Application Fee

Domestic: $50   •   International: $90 application fee + $75 for credential evaluation
Applicants with financial difficulties may request a fee waiver by contacting the program administrator.

Required Components of the Application

The complete application must include and/or be accompanied by:

  • All information requested on the application form.
  • A personal statement indicating why you wish to pursue a PhD in Neuroscience and how joining the program at UTSA will further your scientific career goals.
  • A resume summarizing past education and work experiences, particularly any previous experience conducting research.
  • Official transcripts from previously attended institutions showing your GPA in each case.
    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, unofficial transcripts will also be accepted for evaluation; official transcripts will be required before final acceptance.
  • GRE scores – there is no minimum GRE score required, but a score from a GRE taken within the past 5 years is required.
    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the requirement for a GRE score has been waived for applications submitted by December 1, 2020.
  • Three letters of recommendation. Preferably sent by individuals who know you well and have observed you working in a research setting.
  • International students: Applicants must have their transcripts evaluated by the Foreign Credentials Service of America, and applicants where English is not the official language must also submit results from the TOEFL or IELTS exams.
  • Please refer to the UTSA graduate school’s admissions checklist.

Note: The online application must be submitted by the December 1st deadline; however, if there are difficulties submitting supporting documents, please contact the program director.

Criteria for Admission into the UTSA Neuroscience PhD Program

Applilcations are reviewed holistically - there is no specific set of minimum criteria required for admission. Factors considered include motivation and determination to pursue a career in Neuroscience, laboratory research experience, academic background, and overall fit with the program at UTSA.

Selection of a lab for dissertation research is made at the end of the first year following competion of three 10-week lab rotations. Students should feel free to contact faculty to inquire about research opportunities, but such contact is not required. It is helpful, however, if applicants use their personal statement to identify specific faculty who they might particularly like to work with and why.


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