For Prospective Students
The Developmental and Brain Sciences (DBS) program seeks applicants with a record of academic excellence who can present evidence of strong scientific background and training. A demonstrated potential for independent research is essential. Applicants should demonstrate substantial training in the biological and/or psychological sciences.
Successful applicants typically have a B.S. degree in Psychology, Biology, or Cognitive Science. Students with degrees in other fields (e.g. physical sciences, mathematics, engineering, computer science) and a strong interest in the foundations of neuroscience and behavior may also be considered for admission. We especially encourage members of underrepresented populations in neuroscience to apply.
Evaluation of applications is the responsibility of an Admissions Committee composed of DBS program core faculty members. All graduate admissions are handled according to University, Office of Graduate Admissions, and DBS Program guidelines and procedures. From our applicant pool, we undertake an extensive review of applications and will select approximately 10-20 people for interview. Unfortunately, it is not feasible to interview more than this number, and faculty may not conduct interviews with applicants who have not undergone our review process and been officially selected for an interview. Students are admitted to the DBS to work toward the Ph.D. degree only, there is no Master's-only degree option.
We adhere to the University-wide graduate admissions requirements, with the following qualifications:
- We require a minimum of a B.A./B.S. with a B (3.0) average or above in undergraduate and/or graduate-level coursework.
- While subject-test GRE’s in the applicant’s area of study are not required, the applicant may choose to submit them.
- TOEFL is required for non-native speakers of English
- A CV should be submitted.
- With respect to the required Statement of Intent and Interest, in addition to a general statement of your research interests and aptitudes and how they constitute a good match to the DBS program, please be sure to list up to three faculty members you would like to work with, and why; indicate which specialization you would like to pursue (Developmental behavioral neuroscience or Developmental cognitive neuroscience); list any special honors or awards you have received for academic achievement; detail your relevant research experience (especially your role in the research and any specific contribution toward any resulting publications); touch on your career objectives.
All application materials are submitted through the Office of Graduate Admissions. Please visit the Office of Graduate Admissions website to apply. Applications are accepted in the Fall/Winter (typically with a mid-December deadline), for admission the following Fall. There are no spring semester admissions.
If you have additional questions, please contact us at email@example.com. Thank you for your interest in the Developmental and Brain Sciences Program.