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Neuroscience (PHD) 
Program Description

The University of Arizona offers a Ph.D. in Neuroscience through the Graduate Interdisciplinary Program. The Program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and tools that they will need to embark on careers as educators and researchers in the field of neuroscience. Students participate in designing their own individually tailored programs that provide a thorough base of knowledge in the many facets of neuroscience as well as depth in chosen areas of specialization. Because of the breadth of expertise represented by faculty, students have access to education and research training opportunities in areas ranging from molecular, cellular, systems, behavioral, cognitive, theoretical, and clinical neuroscience.

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Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs -

The Graduate College sponsors several Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs (GIDPs) in addition to the many interdisciplinary possibilities available through regular graduate degree programs. GIDPs transcend departmental boundaries by facilitating cutting edge teaching and research at the nexus of traditional disciplines. The high value placed on interdisciplinary research and education is indicative of The University of Arizona's enthusiasm and commitment to fostering innovation and creativity among its faculty and students.


Graduate College/GIDP  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Admissions Contact
Kirsten Leigh Cloutier Grabo
Graduate Program Coordinator
Kirsten Leigh Cloutier Grabo
Director of Graduate Studies
Konrad E Zinsmaier
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Christina M Inocencio
Tuition and Fees
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must complete at least a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent prior to enrollment in the Program.  Examples of undergraduate majors that normally constitute satisfactory preparation for graduate work in Neuroscience include but are not limited to: Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Neurobiology, Neuroscience and Psychology.

While the Program in Neuroscience does not have absolute criteria for GPA or GRE scores, characteristics of a strong application will generally include:

  • GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Competitive GRE scores
  • 3 strong letters of recommendation from college professors, one of whom served as advisor for an independent research study; international students should provide at least one letter from a scientist who works in or knows well the U.S. system
  • A strong personal statement indicating basis for interest in graduate study in neuroscience, relevant background, and career goals

The Graduate Admissions Committee evaluates the entire admissions file. Deficiencies in one or two of the areas described above should not discourage interested applicants from applying.

Standardized Tests

Candidates for admission are required to take the Verbal/Quantitative/Analytical Graduate Record Examination. Scores from the advanced examinations (e.g. biology, chemistry, physics, psychology) may also be included in the application, but are not required.

International students are required to submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).  Minimum TOEFL: a score of 550 (paper based) or 79 (iBT) or higher.

Financial Aid

All students in good standing in the Program of Neuroscience receive financial support in the form of an annual stipend, out-of-state tuition waiver, and health insurance. First-year students are supported by Program funds while they take courses and do lab rotations. Students in their second and subsequent years are funded by research assistantships from their advisors, teaching assistantships, training grant funds, or individual fellowships. For more information, as well as grant and fellowship opportunities, please review the financial support page on our website.

Admissions Deadlines

The Program in Neuroscience ordinarily accepts new students only for the fall semester. The deadline for applications is December 1st. Interviews typically begin late January for fall admission. If it is not possible to send GRE scores for arrival by December 1st, please contact Kirsten at


International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832
ETS Major Field Code(s) for this program: 0213
NRC Taxon(a) for this program: Neuroscience and Neurobiology

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

Work leading to the Ph.D. in Neuroscience ordinarily requires four to six years. Students must complete a total of 72 semester units of coursework in the major and minor subject areas in order to complete the degree.

Minor Requirements

The Neuroscience Program encourages students from other disciplines to minor in Neuroscience. Nine credits in Neuroscience are required. This must include credits from either NRSC 560 or NRSC 588. The remainder of the units may be selected from Table 3 in the Neuroscience Coursework Guidelines.

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Program StatisticsInformation about these numbers

Program-level Information
Application Acceptance Rate 4%
Med. Time-to-degree (years) 6.00
Department-level Information
Enrollment Percent Male 68%
Enrollment Percent Female 32%
Enrollment Percent International 9%
Enrollment Percent URM 18%

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Last revised 01 Jul 2014