Requirements for Admission
Admission to the Graduate Training Program is based on the total record of academic accomplishments. Students usually have:
- Prior research experience;
- A bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, neuroscience, or psychology;
- A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.4 (on a 4.0 scale);
- A minimum TOEFL result of 100 (with at least a score of 22 in each of the four sections of speaking, listening, reading, and writing) or a minimum IELTS result of 7.0 (with at least 6.5 in each of its four sections) is required for admission.
Evaluation of prior research experience, coursework, and letters of recommendation are components of the admission process. The CNUP will no longer be using GRE scores in evaluating applications.
The program provides full financial support to allow our most accomplished applicants currently residing in North America to visit Pittsburgh and meet with training faculty in their area of interest, as well as current graduate students. The visit is particularly important for the applicant to obtain a sense of the remarkable quality and depth of neuroscience research and training opportunities in Pittsburgh. Those applicants residing outside of North America may be selected for telephone interviews. We pride ourselves in the attentiveness of faculty in working closely with students throughout their graduate training.
Procedures for Applying
Applications for graduate study and supporting documents should be electronically submitted in time for evaluation in early December; members of under-represented groups are encouraged to apply. Admission to the program is based on college transcripts, letters of recommendation, research experience, and personal interviews.
Application deadline: December 1
Application fee: $50
To apply for admission, please complete the online application through the Apply Yourself System. Additional requirements needed to complete your application to the Center for Neuroscience Graduate Training Program are listed below.
- You must submit the names of three references with your application. These letters of recommendation must be from professors or research supervisors with whom you have studied or worked, preferably including those who have sponsored independent research in the laboratory.
- We require a statement which includes the following two parts:
Your Personal Statement (500 to 1,000 words): Please provide a statement of goals concerning your plans for graduate study and a professional career. Indicate the area(s) of neuroscience that most interest you. Include specific CNUP training faculty whose research programs are of great interest and list at least three of the CNUP training faculty members with whom you would like the opportunity to meet should you visit Pittsburgh.
Previous Research Experience (no word limit): Please provide a brief description of your previous research experience. This should include undergraduate and/or graduate research, your research supervisor in each project and the technical skills that you have acquired, and a description of the hypotheses you were examining in your research. Include publications and abstracts (full title, place, year and page numbers).
- Your Curriculum Vitae (CV).
- Upload Undergraduate Transcripts: Please upload unofficial copies of your undergraduate transcript(s). Upload Graduate Transcripts: Please upload unofficial copies of your graduate transcript(s). Certified transcripts and translations of all undergraduate and graduate study will be required at the time of matriculation (upon enrollment). Students will be required to forward official transcripts and translations at the time of matriculation (upon enrollment.)
- Non-U.S. Citizens whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A minimum TOEFL result of 100 (with at least a score of 22 in each ofhte four sections of speaking, listening, reading, and writing) or a minimum IELTS result of 7.0 (with at least 6.5 in each of its four sections) is required for admission. Scores must be less than two years old. Official TOEFL results must be submitted electronically to the University of Pittsburgh by the Educational Testing Service; the institutional code for the University of Pittsburgh is 2927. Official IELTS results must be sent electronically to the University of Pittsburgh by the University of Cambridge.
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E1440 Starzl Biomedical Science Tower
Pittsburgh, PA 15261