computational-largeApplying to Study Computational Neuroscience
at the University of Chicago

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Admission to the Graduate Program

Students with undergraduate degrees in biology or psychology, any of the quantitative sciences or any of the engineering disciplines are invited to apply to the Committee on Computational Neuroscience for graduate study, typically leading to a Ph.D. in Computational Neuroscience. Computational neuroscience is inherently interdisciplinary, and most students doing graduate work in this area will have strengths in one of the relevant areas and weaknesses in others. Program requirements in the Committee are designed to address background deficiencies, so students with uneven backgrounds should not hesitate to apply. A year of college level calculus is an absolute prerequisite. Ideally, applicants should have some collegiate level course work in biology (optimally including an introductory neurobiology course), an introductory psychology course, and some mathematics (such as linear algebra and elementary differential equations) beyond calculus. Students who have not had prior exposure to linear algebra and differential equations may be asked to take appropriate courses in these areas before taking the mathematics sequence within the computational neuroscience curriculum.

Students who are interested in Computational Neuroscience, but who prefer earning a Ph.D. in a cognate discipline can do so by pursuing a Ph.D. through the departments of Computer Science, Mathematics, Neurobiology, Physics, Psychology, or Statistics, and taking courses in the Committee on Computational Neuroscience.

The University of Chicago welcomes applications from minority students who are members of groups underrepresented in science. For information on the BSD efforts to recruit and retain minority students, please see our statement on Opportunities for Minority Graduate Students in the Biological Sciences.


Application Procedure & Requirements

Admission to Computational Neuroscience is coordinated through the Neuroscience program within the Division of Biological Sciences. An application form can be obtained and completed online. Students preparing an application must submit transcripts of their undergraduate or prior graduate work, recent test scores from the general Graduate Record Exam (institution code: 1832; subject code: 0299), and three letters of recommendation. Foreign applicants from non-English speaking nations must also submit TOEFL scores with their application materials. The computational neuroscience program does not require a subject test. Applications are due by December 1 for students beginning their studies in the following autumn quarter.

If you have any questions regarding admissions to this program, please email

Submit by December 1st:

  1. Transcripts of undergraduate or prior graduate work
  2. GRE scores
  3. 3 letters of recommendation
  4. TOEFL scores for foreign applicants from non-English speaking countries


Application Procedure

All applications to the graduate programs in neuroscience are accepted online.

  1. Create an account at the University of Chicago application site
  2. Select Division of the Biological Sciences
  3. Specify that your application is directed to Integrative Neuroscience OR Neurobiology OR Computational Neuroscience. The neuroscience admissions committee reviews the applications labeled with these three designations.
  4. Admissions FAQs can be found on the BSD graduate programs page. Answers to questions most commonly addressed to the neuroscience programs: Consider the Biological Sciences Division application deadline, December 1, as firm. Supplemental materials sent under separate cover will be reconciled with your application. Your application status will be updated as your application is reconciled and you can review your status within your application account GRE code: 1832; the program subcode is not necessary. The computational neuroscience program does not require a GRE subject test.


Financial Aid

Students enrolled in the Ph.D. program receive financial support in the form of a stipend and tuition payments as long as they remain in good standing. Students are encouraged to apply for individual fellowships from the National Science Foundation, or other sources.