Doctoral Neuroscience Program



Most students are admitted for the fall semester. However, admission can occur at any time of year. For full consideration for fall and spring admissions, completed applications need to be submitted by January 1 and June 30, respectively. Please contact the director Dr. Pratt and or a faculty member(s) of interest before submitting your application. To start the application process go to:

We encourage those interested in our Neuroscience Program to read through the faculty research interests to identify faculty that they are interested in training with. It is strongly recommended that prospective students contact individual faculty for more information regarding their research programs and openings in their laboratories before submitting an application.

The Neuroscience Program does not have any absolute criterion for admission but applicants typically have, 1.) an undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 (4.0 scale), 2.) an undergraduate degree in a discipline that is a component of neuroscience, such as biology, psychology, physiology, chemistry, physics, or chemical or bioengineering, 3.) Graduate Record Examination (GRE) accepted, but not required, 4.) 3 strong letters of recommendation to support your application, 5.) TOEFL scores (550- paper based; 79 iBT, or higher) for international students, 6.) prior research experience.

There are no specific undergraduate class requirements: However, classes in biology, chemistry and biochemistry are preferred as they provide a foundation for neuroscience studies. We encourage motivated applicants from degrees in diverse areas that are interested in transitioning to neuroscience. Students with an MS degree in neuroscience or related fields are also encouraged to apply.

Application Procedure: Applicants to the Doctoral Neuroscience Program must complete the online application process. Evaluation of applicants cannot begin until all required materials have been submitted. The following are needed:

  1. Application for Admission  
  2. Copies of all official transcripts
  3. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores accepted, but not required
  4. Three letters of recommendation
  5. TOEFL scores for international students (The University of Wyoming’s school code for TOEFL is 4855.)
  6. Personal statement. A 1-3 page personal statement explaining your motivation for pursing a PhD in the field of Neuroscience. Please describe your areas of interest and any specific research topics or techniques with which you have experience.  If your interests are still broad, indicate your general interests and graduate training goals in your statement. We are also interested in learning about your long-term career goals. What do you aspire to do after graduation? Why are you specifically interested in the University of Wyoming?
Contact Us

Neuroscience Graduate Program

Debbie Swierczek, Program Coordinator

School of Graduate Education
Knight Hall 247

Phone: 307-766-4128


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