FAQ

Who can apply?

Only current Hopkins undergraduate neuroscience students can apply. Potential applicants must also meet all pre-qualifying requirements [here] to be able to apply.

What are the deadlines?

All neuroscience juniors and seniors receive an announcement via email in advance of the fall application deadlines. The email will encourage those who are interested to start working on their research proposals and make arrangements with their research mentors.

When does the program admit new students?

The application process begins every fall semester; admitted students begin the program the following spring semester.

What are the application timeframes?

Generally speaking, the deadlines are set forth by the director of the program, Dr. Jay Baraban, in accordance with the Undergraduate Program in Neuroscience. The application process usually begins in early October, and students are notified of their acceptance by mid-November of each academic year.

Would I receive my BS before my MS if I am admitted?

No, this is a concurrent program—students participate in commencement ceremonies only once, and receive both degrees at the same time. Admitted students need to withdraw their BS graduation application and re-apply for the following year. For admitted students, the last semester as BS students is the fall one, just prior to beginning their first semester as concurrent.

How long does it take to complete the MS requirements?

Completion of all program requirements is limited to spring, summer, fall, and spring of the following year. Research is conducted in the first spring semester and runs through the end of fall of the same year, or a total of one year. The last spring semester is designated for coursework and thesis defense preparation. Therefore the program requirements can be completed in either four or five years. All students are held responsible for completing all requirements for both degrees within five years. If a student fails to complete all requirements for the MS degree within five years, he/she will not be awarded the master’s degree.

How many students are accepted in the program?

The program is limited to 10 students at a time. Therefore, if we have six current students, only up to four will be admitted for the next cycle.