Domestic Applicants

The application to the Neuroscience Graduate Program requires the following materials to be uploaded to the on-line admissions system:

  1. Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  2. Three Letters of Recommendation
  3. GRE scores (department code for GRE is 0213; institution code for GRE is 4852).
  4. Application (see below)

Applications and supporting materials are due no later than December 1, 2015 for full consideration. Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions section for further information.

All materials should be submitted online with the exception of official transcripts, which should be mailed to the following address: mailing address:

University of Southern California
USC Office of Graduate Admission
3601 South Flower Street, Room 112
Los Angeles CA, 90089-0915

Applications are handled exclusively by the Neuroscience Graduate Program. There is a $85 application fee

Electronic Application

To apply, we encourage you to complete an Electronic Application online.

When you have submitted the online application, arrange for your official transcripts and GRE scores to be sent directly to us by mail to the address above. All other materials are to be submitted online.

Additional Information

We offer a very personalized approach to graduate recruiting. Applicants are encouraged to contact faculty members and/or the graduate student coordinator at any time during their undergraduate education if they identify potential research interest at the University of Southern California. We sometimes develop relationships with potential students a year or more prior to enrollment. We will invite a number of applicants to visit the program, usually in February prior to admissions. We will make all arrangements (purchase plane tickets, provide accommodations, etc.) for any applicant invited by the program. Usually, a complete application is required before visits will be arranged. We will reimburse travel expenses only for applicants who have been officially invited to visit by the Graduate Admissions Committee.

The USC Graduate School requires that the sum of the Verbal and Quantitative scores on the GRE be a minimum of 1000. However, the NGP rarely accepts students with verbal and qualitative scores below 1100. We do not require a GRE Subject Test. Applicants with undergraduate grade point averages below 3.0 will only be considered under unusual circumstances including evidence of recent improvement or clearly outstanding potential as a researcher.

Admissions questions? Check the FAQ page.