Entry into USC’s Neuroscience Graduate Program (NGP) requires a bachelor’s degree in a related subject from an accredited four-year college. In keeping with the strong multi-disciplinary nature of our program, applicants come from diverse backgrounds including Neuroscience, Psychology, Biology, Physics, Linguistics, Computer Science, and Biomedical Engineering. Competitive applicants have research experience and a strong undergraduate foundation in their chosen discipline.

To apply, students must complete the on-line application and submit:

  • official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • three or more letters of recommendation
  • a statement of purpose
  • official GRE test scores

International students from non-English-speaking countries must also submit TOEFL scores. The deadline for complete applications, including all necessary documents, is December 1, 2015. Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis beginning in late February, with final decisions made by April.

Click here to fill out the online application.

When applying, be sure to look under “Supplemental Forms” and “Biological Sciences” to find the Neuroscience Graduate Program.

Financial Aid

All students admitted to the program are fully supported during their graduate training, pending satisfactory progress towards the PhD degree. Support is provided in many forms, including teaching assistantships, research assistantships, training grants, and University fellowships. All awards include full tuition remission, a monthly stipend for living expenses (for the 2014-2015 academic year: a minimum of about $31,000 annually for first-year students), and payment of student health insurance and student health center fees. All students are encouraged to apply for funding from external sources, which include the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.


Deanna Solórzano, Neuroscience Graduate Program Student Advisor
Graduate Program in Neuroscience
University of Southern California
3641 Watt Way, HNB 120H, MC 2520
Los Angeles, California 90089-2520
United States
Phone: 213-740-2245
Fax: 213-740-6980