Vanderbilt University highly encourages electronic applications to its graduate programs (see links below) – there is no fee for online applications. Paper applications are still possible but require a $40 application fee. The Neuroscience program has two mechanisms for admission. Those students interested in Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience should apply through the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program (IGP), or directly to the Neuroscience Graduate Program (NGP). Those interested in Cognitive & Systems Neuroscience should apply directly to the Neuroscience Graduate Program (NGP). The application deadline for NGP applications is December 1st, while for IGP applications it is January 15. For both mechanisms, there are a few general requirements.
Graduate Record Examination Scores
GRE scores are required as part of the application. Official scores should be sent directly from ETS. Copies are not allowed. Scores should be sent to institution code 1871. A department code is not required, but is helpful. For IGP applications, scores should be sent to department code 0202 or for Systems & Cognitive applications, scores should be sent to department code 0213.
A copy of unofficial student transcript should be uploaded to the application by or before the application deadline.
Letters of Recommendation
The University requires three to five letters of recommendation from persons qualified to evaluate your academic and professional qualifications. On your application, you will be asked to provide the e-mail addresses of your recommenders. Vanderbilt will contact your recommenders by e-mail and provide them with a link to a web site, a password, and instructions on how to submit the recommendation online. Online recommendations are instantly attached to your application. If you are unable to provide e-mail addresses for your recommenders, it is your responsibility to contact them and provide them with the recommendation form.
A writing sample in the form of a statement of purpose is required for both application paths (IGP and NGP). Additionally, for applications via the Neuroscience Graduate Program, a sample of previous scientific writing is required. It should be uploaded on the Application Status Page, which you will see AFTER you submit your application, as an additional material in the Uploads section.