​Prospective Students

Students with an interest in the graduate program in Neuroscience should submit application forms through the Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences. This program combines the expertise of seven programs at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Microbiology & Immunology, Neuroscience, Pathology, Physiology and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Students enroll in a common first-year curriculum that is built around a fully integrated, literature-driven course covering molecular, cellular, and systemic biology. Students can conduct laboratory rota​tions with faculty mentors in any of the participating programs. After completion of the first year, students enter a research lab and complete their training in the Ph.D. program in Neuroscience.

​Application Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree in a relevant major
  • Minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of their undergraduate degree program
  • Satisfactory performance in prerequisite and recommended course work.
  • Foreign applicants need a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (213 computer based).  Formal admission requires that transcripts be reviewed by WES. However, the OCNS Admissions Committee will evaluate applications and make an admission decision without WES; applicants provisionally accepted in this manner will then be required to complete the WES evaluation.
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A goals/purpose statement

All students are encouraged to apply through the GPIBS program. Students that are interested in directly entering the Neuroscience Program should view our OCNS Program Brochure and apply online (The OCNS Program Code is 0425R). Students that are considered for direct admission to the neuroscience program are expected to have an established, strong commitment to neuroscience research (i.e. participation in lab research or programs such as a Summer Undergraduate Research Experience). Direct admission is highly competitive as there are a limited number of positions available. The application deadline is June 1, but applications are generally reviewed in the spring semester.  For further information call (405) 271-​6267. For those interested in current OCNS faculty information and research, review them at the OCNS Faculty page.