How to Apply

Admissions Requirements

Thank you for your interest in applying to the Graduate Program in Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins. We use a holistic approach to evaluating applicants and look forward to reading your application. We are most enthusiastic about applicants who have taken full advantage of the opportunities available at their undergraduate institution and through other summer or postbac experiences. Our class size is typically 14-16 students per year.

Applicants are expected to have received a B.S. or B.A. prior to enrolling in the graduate program. Laboratory research experience prior to enrollment is also desirable. If you have research experience, please describe your research in your Statement of Interest and Career Objectives and indicate the number of months engaged in full-time and part-time research on your CV. Students who do well in our program typically have a strong academic foundation in areas of biological or physical sciences. Some of the courses that prepare students well include general biology, neuroscience, mathematics through calculus, general physics, general chemistry, organic chemistry, statistics, engineering, or computer science.

NOTE: The Neuroscience Program DOES NOT require GRE scores.

Application materials requested in the online application include:

1. Transcripts for all undergraduate coursework and any postgraduate courses, if appropriate. Applicants may upload transcripts to their online application for review.  Prior to enrollment, applicants who receive an offer of admission must submit official transcripts to OGSA via mail or electronically to:

2. Three letters of recommendation

Letters should preferably be from faculty members or other professionals who are in a position to comment on your aptitude for independent research and on your motivations for applying to our program. Mentors for academic year or summer research experiences, postbac programs, technician positions or other research-related employment are well-positioned to recommend applicants. Characteristics we look for in applicants include intellectual aptitude for independent neuroscience research, intellectual contributions during research experiences, motivation, resilience, initiative, time-management skills, ability to be a team player and independence.

3. Statement of Interest and Career Objectives

The one-page statement should include your motivations for pursuing a graduate degree in neuroscience at Johns Hopkins and should describe your scientific preparation and your long-term career goals. It should include a description of any research experiences you have pursued. The statement should enable the admissions committee to determine that: 1) you are committed to pursuing a PhD in neuroscience and understand what is needed to succeed in graduate school, 2) you are intellectually engaged in science and your research, and 3) that the program in neuroscience at Johns Hopkins is a good fit for your research and career interests. Please indicate faculty in the Neuroscience program whose work you find particularly interesting. If you are interested in our joint program with the Janelia Research Campus, please indicate your interest by including one to four Janelia Group Leaders with whom you would like to complete your thesis research.

4. Curriculum Vitae (2 page maximum)

Please include the length of time for any full-time or part-time research experiences, any work experience, any abstracts, poster presentations or papers authored in your CV.

5. A TOEFL is required for all students whose undergraduate instruction was conducted in a language other than English. The TOEFL requirement will be waived if you have completed your degree at a U.S. institution, or are currently enrolled and will receive a degree from a university within the U.S. prior to matriculation at JHU-SOM.

6. There is an option for uploading additional information including a description of any special considerations or additional documents that may support your application.

7. Application fee

Fee waivers are available for applicants who are U.S. Citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. and meet additional eligibility criteria as described in part below. These include: 1) military service, 2) low income status, and 3) participation in programs such as the Johns Hopkins Basic Science Institute Summer Internship Program including the NeuroSIP and Kavli SIP programs, Johns Hopkins Doctoral Diversity Program, Johns Hopkins Post-Baccalaureat Research Education Program (PREP), Johns Hopkins Neuroscience Scholars Program, Meyerhoff Scholarship Program, Minority Access Research Careers (MARC), Minority Access Research Support Program (RISE), attendance at ABRCMS or SACNAS, or attendance at a Neuroscience Outreach Program, among others. 

For the full list of eligibility criteria and qualifying programs, please see here.

All students accepted into the Neuroscience Training Program will receive a living allowance in the form of a stipend, full tuition waiver, and health and dental insurance. Funding for International students is more limited as only U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, and U.S. permanent residents are eligible for U.S. NIH funding. International students who apply for and receive outside support for their graduate education often exhibit the characteristics of successful applicants to our program. Although not required, it can be advantageous for international students to secure such funding.

inquires regarding the program and its admissions requirements:

The deadline for submission of completed applications including letters of recommendation is December 1, 2019. NOTE that this is an earlier deadline than for other graduate programs at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

When feasible, applicants selected for interviews will be invited to visit The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine campus before a decision on admission is made.  Our next round of interviews will take place on two separate dates, February 10-11 and March 9-10, 2020.

All candidates will be notified of the Admissions Committee's decision by April 15, 2020. All Johns Hopkins graduate students who begin on or after July 1, 2007 will undergo criminal background checks as is the policy of the School of Medicine.

Candidates are accepted only for fall admission. We do not accept candidates for the MA degree. 

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