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Undergraduate Program in Neuroscience

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Neuroscience > BA/MS > Admissions


Important Dates
Entering in Spring 2015

AugustFirst e-mail to students to announce timeframes for the fall application period.
September 2 - September 12, 2014Make an appointment to meet with Dr. Gorman to discuss interest and/or qualifications for application. Contact Hope Fisher (Stein) ( for information regarding the application process.
October 3, 2014Applications due by end of business day, 4:00 pm. Email Hope Fisher with any questions regarding the submission process.
October 14 - October 21, 2014Applicant interviews.
October 31, 2014Decisions made and applicants notified.

IMPORTANT: Please note that IF admitted to the program, ALL students will need to withdraw their BA graduation applications (for either December or May), 
and re-file for the following Fall/Spring semester
The Fall semester of application (if admitted to the program) will be the student's last semester as a BA student.
ONLY 5th year seniors are eligible for the 50% Dean's Tuition Support for their 5th year.


Qualifications to apply

Admission to the BA/MS program is selective. Undergraduate neuroscience majors interested in applying MUST meet the following
minimum qualifications before they receive an application packet:

  • A minimum of 3.5 major GPA (including core, upper-level, math, and science)
  • A minimum of 3.5 cumulative GPA
  • Completion of no fewer than 3 credits of undergraduate research
  • Completion of the neuroscience BA degree in the fall prior to
    entering the BA/MS Program in the spring.

Application Packet

Students who are interested in applying for the BA/MS program may do so either in the junior or senior year of undergraduate study. Application packets will be prepared each September.

Students meeting the minimum requirements for consideration will need to schedule an appointment with the neuroscience academic program administrator, to detail a timeline for completion of both degrees.
At the conclusion of this meeting, qualifying students will be given relevant application materials.

A complete application will include:

  • Application for Admission for Graduate Study (includes a 1/2 page, single-spaced essay about why you are applying to this program and what you would like to accomplish; use an extra page if you need more space)
  • Academic Records Release Waiver
  • Student/Mentor Contract
  • Two letters of recommendation (one of the two recommendations must be from the student’s research mentor)
  • Official transcript
  • Timeline for completion of the BA/MS program (students will receive this upon meeting with the academic program administrator)
  • Research Proposal
  • Interview availability

Completed application packets must be submitted to the academic program administrator by
4 pm on October 3rd , for Spring 2015.
Deadlines for following years will be announced each September to all juniors and seniors via e-mail.

Research Proposal

To be considered for admission to the BA/MS program, a student, in cooperation with his/her research mentor, must prepare a proposal detailing the rationale, methods, and timetable for a project to be completed during the research year.
The proposal will be evaluated by the admissions committee with respect to the quality and feasibility of the proposed research. The format of the proposal should be as follows (pages are to be double-spaced, unbound and unstapled):

  • Title page (1 page) Title of research proposal, applicant's name and contact information (address, phone, e-mail), mentor's name and contact information (address, phone, e-mail), and date of application
  • Abstract (<200 words) summarizing the proposal
  • Scientific Aims (1 page) Specify the aims of the research project and the experimental approaches planned to achieve them.
  • Background and Significance (3 pages) Describe (1) the scientific background and (2) the significance. The scientific background explains the current state of knowledge. The significance section specifies how our knowledge will be
    advanced if the project is successful.
  • Preliminary Data (2-3 pages) If the applicant has already done research relating to the proposed project, what has been accomplished? How does it set the stage for the work to be done? If this is a new project, present background data from
    the sponsor's laboratory that demonstrates the feasibility of the project.
  • Experimental Design and Methods (3 pages) Exactly which experiments will be done? What are the critical methods? Is everything in place to carry out the proposed research? If not, what are the steps required to get to that stage?
    What difficulties might arise? How will they be managed? What is the proposed timetable?
  • Expected Outcome (1/2 page) What does the applicant propose to discover or elucidate?
  • References (APA style).

Financial Information

The University offers 50% tuition support to all 5th year students. For more information on financing the additional year, please visit the Financial Aid website and schedule an appointment to visit a counselor.