Indiana University Bloomington


Ph.D. Studies

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.

Research should be viewed as the student's greatest challenge and the major focus of the student's energy. A total of 90 credit hours, including dissertation, is required for the Ph.D in Neuroscience. Course work will include N500 and N501 (a one-year core sequence in neuroscience), which must be completed by the fifth semester of residence, and selections totaling at least 14 credit hours from offerings listed by the Program in Neuroscience or cross-listed with other departments, divisions, or special programs. An advisory committee, consisting of at least three members of the Graduate Faculty, will plan an individual program of study in consultation with the student.

All students also are required to: (1) complete six semesters of the research seminar (N650); (2) pass written and oral qualifying examinations by the end of their fifth semester; and (3) successfully write and defend a dissertation in neuroscience. In addition to the oral defense of the dissertation before the research committee, presentation of a public research seminar is required.

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