Students holding bachelor's degrees are eligible for admission. Applicants should have a strong background in a natural science such as biology or psychology, mathematics, or computer science. A research background and strong letters of recommendation are also major determinants of admission.
Students should apply directly to the Program in Neuroscience by accessing the Indiana University Graduate School 's Electronic Application Server . All applicants should indicate their area of research interest and list names of the core faculty members with whom they would like to work. Applicants, of course, are free to write individual faculty members to request reprints of articles and other details of research. Applications must include a complete entrance form, three letters of recommendation, scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), and an undergraduate transcript. Transcripts should be mailed to the Program in Neuroscience, Graduate Admissions, 1101 E. 10th St., Bloomington, IN 47405-7007. At least one score on the GRE test should correspond to 600 or above (on the old scale). This would equate to at least 160 verbal or 148 quantitative on the new computer-based tests. Reference: School Code 1324; Department Code 0213. If your native language is not English, you are required to demonstrate your level of English proficiency by taking the TOEFL and submitting your scores. A minimum TOEFL of 600 (paper-based test), 250 (computer-based test) or 100 (TOEFL Internet-based test) is needed for admission. The deadline for all applications, both Domestic and International, is now December 1. The Program in Neuroscience accepts students for the fall semester only. Students wanting to pursue a double major also must apply to the admissions committee of the other participating department. For example, students wanting to apply to the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences may also apply by accessing the IU electronic application as mentioned above at Electronic Application Server.
Full-time graduate students ordinarily receive a fellowship or an assistantship and a tuition fee remission that covers up to ~ 90-95% of the tuition. Fellowships or Assistantships are available either through the Program in Neuroscience or through participating departments. Assistantships require 15-20 hours of work per week, and graduate assistants often work in both research and teaching. Fellowships are also available to qualified minority students.
A total of 90 credit hours, including dissertation, is required for the Ph.D. An individual program of study is planned for each student in consultation with the student's advisory committee. The aim is to provide each student with a solid background in neuroscience as well as the training necessary to supplement the student's particular research area. Program in Neuroscience requires 21 credit hours of coursework. Required courses from the 21 credit hours include the following: N500 (3 credits), N501 (3 credits), N650 (6 semesters at 1 credit per semester), plus other courses chosen by the student's committee and the student. In addition, completion of the major requires completion of a course (at least 1 credit) that includes professional ethics; this course would be selected in consultation with the graduate student's committee (examples of suitable courses include, but are not limited to, PSY P-595, COGS Q-510, BIOL Z-620, and VSCI V-792). N500 and N501 must be completed by the fifth semester of residence. Courses may be selected from those listed by the Program in Neuroscience or cross-listed with other departments, divisions, or special programs. Course work must be completed with an average of B+ (3.3) or above. No grades below B– (2.7) may be counted toward degree requirements.
Chosen in consultation with the student, the student's research advisor, and the program director. The committee consists of at least three members of the Graduate Faculty who review the student's performance on a regular basis and provide feedback and guidance.
To remain in good standing and be admitted to doctoral candidacy, students must pass a written and oral examination before the end of their fifth semester in residence. Students with a double major may request one additional year before they take the qualifying examination. Students failing the qualifying examination twice will be dismissed from the program.
In addition to the oral defense of the dissertation before the research committee, a public research seminar is required.
Ph.D. Minor in Neural Science
Students in other departments and programs who elect to minor in the Program in Neuroscience must complete the N500-N501 core sequence and at least 6 credit hours of graduate course work selected from the offerings listed by the Program in Neuroscience or cross-listed with other departments. A grade of B (3.0) or higher in each course is required.