Prospective students

Application information

Students applying to the Neuroscience Ph.D. Program do so via the Biomedical Sciences Doctoral Portal.

Domestic applications: Applicants are encouraged to submit complete applications as early as possible. Early applications are given interview priority and incomplete applications may not be considered. The last day to receive applications is 1 February 2016, and only in rare cases will we consider an application submitted after this date.

International students who wish to apply are directed to the VCU Global Education Office.

Application requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree or its equivalent at the time of enrollment, with an undergraduate GPA of 3.5.  To report your GRE score, use VCU Code 5570.
  • GRE scores must be current (taken within the past five years), with scores at the 75th percentile or greater preferred.
  • Individuals for whom English is a second language must have TOEFL of 600 (pBT), 250 (cBT), or 100 (iBT) scores; or 6.5 on the IELTS.  To report your TOEFL score, use VCU Code 5570.
  • Applicants are expected to have had the equivalent of two semesters of General Chemistry, two semesters of Organic Chemistry, and two semesters of upper level Biology courses. e.g. Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Neuroscience, Physiology, Biophysics, etc.
  • Previous research experience or demonstration of a serious interest in a research-oriented career is also desirable.
  • Three letters of recommendation.  Letters should speak of the scientific competency and experience of the applicant.
  • Personal statements including (1) Long-term career goals to assess reasons behind your application; (2) How a Ph.D. in Biomedical Science helps achieve those goals; and (3) Research experience, including dates, places and duration.