Application to the Graduate Program

Applications to do graduate work in the Institute of Neuroscience can be made through the Biology Department (for molecular, cell, developmental and systems neuroscience) or through the Psychology Department (for cognitive neuroscience). Although students apply to a specific department, the student can choose to do their PhD work in any Department (Biology or Psychology) or even another Institute (e.g. Institute of Molecular Biology or Institute of Ecology and Evolution). For example, developmental neuroscience is well represented in both the Institute of Neuroscience and the Institute of Molecular Biology.

Students participate in journal clubs and attend seminars by invited outside speakers. Advanced students regularly present their results to colleagues here at the University of Oregon and at national and international conferences.

Several training grants are available to provide support for students, to fund student travel, to bring in outside speakers, and to enhance the overall training program. Students admitted to the training program will automatically be considered for support by an appropriate training grant.

We strongly encourage applications from women and individuals from underrepresented minority groups.

We also encourage prospective students to contact individual faculty members for information about the graduate program.

Admission and application materials are available at the following mailing and website addresses:

CONTACT Graduate Program Manager

Department of Biology 
1210 University of Oregon 
Eugene, OR 97403

Prospective MS/PhD Students
(541) 346-4203

Graduate Secretary

Department of Psychology
1227 University of Oregon 
Eugene, OR 97403

Prospective MS/PhD Students
(541) 346-5060

Graduate Secretary

Department of Human Physiology 
122 Esslinger 
Eugene, OR 97403

Prospective MS/PhD Students
(541) 346-4337




FAQ on Applying for Admission
FAQ for International Students



We recruit students who wish to pursue a long-term career in neuroscience research, education, policy, or industry. We consider all indicators of future success, including but not limited to past research experience, letters of recommendation, undergraduate records, standardized tests (e.g. GRE or TOEFL), the applicant's written statement of purpose, and an ability to discuss past and future research.

Applicants must have completed a baccalaureate or advanced degree by the time of matriculation.

TOEFL Score: An international applicant must have a minimum TOEFL score of 105.  CHECK

We admit students to start in Fall Term.