Required materials, application timeline, and frequently asked questions.
Application deadline: December 1 (applications cycle opens in July each year)
- Cumulative GPA (all courses) minimum 3.0
Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores are no longer required and will not be evaluated.
How to apply
- WSU graduate school application
- College transcripts (unofficial acceptable for initial review–upon admittance official transcripts are required by the WSU Graduate School)
- Three (3) letters of reference submitted directly by the reference writer
- Resume or curriculum vitae
- TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB scores or language waiver for all international applicants from a country whose primary language is not English.
- Personal statement (350 words maximum)
- Describe why you are interested in studying neuroscience and identify faculty mentors (minimum of 3) you are interested in working with and explain why (if admitted to WSU, you will be able to change your choice of mentor during lab rotations).
- Describe an achievement you are proud of and discuss how you reached your goal and any obstacles you had to overcome to reach it. Or conversely, tell us about a time when you didn’t achieve a goal and what you learned from the experience.
- Writing statement (350 words maximum + 350 word for citations)
- Describe a major finding in neuroscience and/or biomedicine over the past five (5) years and explain why you think it was important. Be sure to cite references used after the writing statement.
**Submitting a document over the maximum word length may result in your application’s disqualification from consideration
2023-2024 Application Timeline
July – August
- Application cycle opens
- Application deadline
- Recruitment and visitation weekend early March (invited applicants only)
- Admission decisions (neuroscience students are admitted once a year to start fall semester)
- Deadline to accept or decline offer
- Graduate orientation & leadership retreat (dates to be announced)
- First day of classes