Degrees and Fields of Study
* Neuroscience education at NYU has a decades-long history of excellence and strength. Historically focused in two separate doctoral programs, the Doctoral Program in Neural Science (Faculty of Arts and Science) and the Doctoral Program in Neuroscience & Physiology (Vilcek Institute, School of Medicine), neuroscience education is now harmonized and engages faculty across multiple departments, inter-disciplinary centers, and campuses.
Details about the neuroscience curriculum and extensive pool of neuroscience faculty mentors can be found at http://neuroscience.nyu.edu. There is a single application and admissions committee for the neuroscience training program at NYU that is served by both administrative units. You will be eligible for admission to either program. Our goal is to streamline the application process and give you the opportunity to find the best match for your research interests at NYU.
Doctoral research in neuroscience at NYU is distributed across multiple departments and inter-disciplinary centers. Carefully consider all programs--such as Cognition and Perception--before applying to one.
To apply to the Doctoral Program in Neural Science (Faculty of Arts and Science) and/or the Doctoral Program in Neuroscience and Physiology associated with the Vilcek Institute, please use this GSAS departmental listing, i.e., "Neural Science."
Additionally, NYU's portal campus in Shanghai is recruiting doctoral students through the Shanghai track of the Doctoral Program in Neural Science. Students in the Shanghai track will spend one and half years at NYU in New York before joining a laboratory in Shanghai for thesis research. Applicants interested in applying to the Shanghai track in Neural Science can also apply using the above application link, and should select the Shanghai campus on the first page of the application form.
Ph.D.-J.D. (Dual Degree)
Note: The field of study descriptions may not exactly match the actual program name on the degree that is conferred. Please refer to the GSAS Bulletin section Degree and Certificate Programs as Registered by the New York State Education Department for the actual program name and degree conferred.
- December 1, fall only admission
For Ph.D.-J.D. Dual Degree applicants, students will submit TWO SEPARATE APPLICATIONS, a Ph.D. application by December 1 to Neural Science, and a J.D. application per the Law School deadlines. **Please consult the NYU Law Admissions site for the most up-to-date information on Law School application deadlines.
All application materials must be received by 5 p.m. eastern time on the deadline date. If an application deadline falls on a Saturday, Sunday or legal U.S. holiday, then the next business day will be the deadline date.
Application Requirements for Neural Science
All applicants to the Graduate School of Arts and Science (GSAS) are required to submit a complete application for admission. A complete application includes the online application, academic transcripts, test scores (if required), letters of recommendation, a résumé or curriculum vitae, a Statement of Academic Purpose, and an application fee. Applicants also have the option of providing a short Personal History essay. Please refer to the Instructions section of the online application. In addition, the department specifically requires the following:
GRE: GRE general test not required. Please do not send us GRE test scores. If you do, the scores will not be reviewed or considered by the department's Admissions Committee.
TOEFL or IELTS: Either the TOEFL or the IELTS is required of all applicants who are not native English speakers or who do not have a bachelor's or master's degree from an institution where the language of instruction is English. See test score requirements.
Statement of Academic Purpose: In a concisely written statement, please describe your past and present work as it relates to your intended field of study, your educational objectives, and your career goals. In addition, please include your intellectual and professional reasons for choosing your field of study and why your studies/research can best be done at the Graduate School of Arts and Science at NYU. The statement should not exceed two double-spaced pages.
Writing Sample: Not required.
NYU Shanghai Applicants: Applicants to the Shanghai track of the Ph.D. program should indicate their interest in the campus section of the application.
The Graduate School of Arts and Science reserves the right to change this information at any time. This document supersedes all previous versions.
Last updated September 22, 2021.
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