☜ Philosophy

Admission Policies
Requirements for the Degree:
I. Time Limits for Degrees
II. Supervisory Committee
III. Required Courses
IV. Teaching Requirement
V. Program of Studies
VI. MS Prospectus
VII. PhD Proposal
VIII. Graduate Examinations
IX. Timetable
Annual Reviews
Financial Support
I: Residency
II: Student Travel
III: Dual Compensation
IV: English Competency
V: Graduate Appeals Policy
VI: Teaching Assistants Manual
VII: Neuroscience Program
Detailed Contents


Admissions Criteria

Applicants are strongly encouraged to meet minimal criteria of a 3.0 undergraduate grade point average (upper division work), a Graduate Record Exam Verbal score of 156 (72%, 550 on the old GRE) and a Quantitative score of 154 (67%, 530 on the old GRE), and 3 current letters of recommendation from individuals who are able to assess the applicant's academic and research potential. Foreign students, in addition to the above, also must score a minimum of 600 on the paper-based TOEFL exam; 250 on the computer-based TOEFL exam, or 92 on the internet-based TOEFL exam.

The Department ordinarily does not accept a student without a faculty sponsor or sponsors willing to serve as the major professor.

Admission into the PhD and MS Thesis Programs, and Switching between Programs

Students holding a bachelor's degree may apply for either the PhD or the MS Thesis program. Students enrolled in the MS program may switch to the PhD program with the approval of their Supervisory Committee and the Associate Chair. The Committee's recommendation must include a justification from the major professor and be co-signed by all the committee members.

Continuation for the PhD Degree after completing the M.S Thesis.

Students receiving a MS Thesis degree from our Department may request continuation in the PhD program by the following mechanism. The student and major professor can greatly facilitate this process by laying the ground work well before the formal request.

The Master's Supervisory Committee should be informed of the student's intent to continue for the PhD before the thesis defense by way of a cover letter accompanying the thesis. Within 2 weeks following the thesis defense, each of the Supervisory Committee members should send to the Graduate Office a statement expressing a position for or against continuation of the student in the PhD program. Within one week of receiving the last Supervisory Committee member letter, the Graduate Office will provide the available documentation to the Area and request that the Area submit a recommendation to the Associate Chair for or against continuation of the student in the PhD program. The Associate Chair will make the final decision.

A student may appeal a negative decision by the Associate Chair to the departmental Graduate Policy Committee (GPC). This appeal should be submitted, in writing, to the Graduate Office within 2 weeks following receipt of the negative decision. For the purpose of the appeal, the GPC will be convened by the Department Chair instead of the Associate Chair. The 6 voting members of the committee will be the Department Chair, faculty members on the GPC excluding the Associate Chair, and the student member of the GPC. The Associate Chair may be present for consultation but will not vote. A majority decision by the appeal committee will be final at the departmental level.

Neuroscience Doctoral Program (see Appendix VII).

☞ Requirements for the Degree