How to Apply

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Application Deadline

Prospective graduate students may apply for admission to our Ph.D. program. 

Applications are accepted for fall quarter admission only and should be submitted as early as possible. 

Program application deadline is December 1st. Applications must be submitted with all required documentation for consideration by this date.

Application Process - What You Need to Know

  • The application fee may be paid by credit card. The appropriate fee must be paid before the application will be considered complete, and a fee must be paid for each application submitted.
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation must be submitted electronically through the online application.  Do not have recommenders send letters in hard copy, but rather to submit all recommendations online once the online service is available.
  • UC Davis requires academic records from each college-level institution you have attended. You will be instructed to upload scanned copies of your transcripts after you have submitted your online application. For more details visit
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for international students. Institution code: 4834.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.

Required Documentation for a complete application: 

  • Completed online application 
  • Paid Application Fee
  • 3 Letters of recommendation
  • Copies of all college transcripts reported in application
  • TOEFL or IELTS (if applicable)

Visit Grad Studies website to begin the application process

The graduate group cannot review an application until all of the above components are received. Inquiries concerning application procedures or any other aspects of the program should be directed to the address below:

Neuroscience Graduate Group
Center for Neuroscience
1544 Newton Court
Davis, CA 95618