PhD in Neuroscience Admissions

Our PhD in Neuroscience program provides rigorous training in independent clinical, translational and basic Neuroscience research in a highly collaborative and supportive environment. During your training, you will be exposed to the most progressive research methods and concepts to understand, identify and treat brain structure and function in health and disease. Our program is top-ranked by leading organizations in research funding and innovation, with mentorship by world-renowned faculty. Come join our PhD in Neuroscience program.

How to Apply

Applicants looking to pursue a PhD in Neuroscience should have a strong background in one or more of the following: any type of biological or computational science, psychology, mathematics, chemistry or physics.  Applicants must also demonstrate a commitment to research and have significant research experience. To apply to our Program, please submit the following:

  • A completed application form
  • Original official transcript(s) from post-secondary institution(s) attended. Transcripts should be in a sealed institutional envelope and the registrar may send them directly to:
    Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
    Admissions Office
    1 Gustave Levy Place, Box 1002
    New York, NY 10029
    We require international applicants to have foreign transcripts translated into English and evaluated by a certified credential evaluation service (ex. WES, ECE, FIS).
  • Contact information for letters of recommendation. We are especially interested in hearing from individuals who have interacted with you in a research setting. Your application will include a request for three contacts who would be willing to write your recommendations. Please have their email addresses available so that you may submit the information when prompted. These references will receive an email from "admissions@mssm.edu" with information guiding them through the process
  • Optional: GRE test scores. GRE scores are not required for admission
  • $80 application fee

Application Deadlines & Decisions

Application review begins in September and all admissions materials are due by December 1st. We encourage you to submit your application early. During application review, you will hear from us regarding an interview. Admissions decisions are made within three weeks from your interview.

Our admissions committee evaluates all of your submitted materials, even in the case you are missing a particular undergraduate requirement. We assess each applicant’s potential to successfully complete required graduate coursework and to excel in conducting independent research. If English is your second language, you must take The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and submit those results.