Prospective Students
Find out what we do, how to apply, and what will be expected of you in this program.

Issues to consider in deciding whether to apply to Neuroscience or to another UCSF graduate program:

The unique feature of the Neuroscience Program is its curriculum that is intended to provide a comprehensive education in all areas of modern nervous system research. First year students participate in coursework that introduces a broad range of approaches to nervous system function ranging from molecular to behavioral levels of analysis. In addition, students carry out 3 to 4 three-month-long “rotations” in neuroscience program labs in order to gain hands-on familiarity with different experimental approaches and to facilitate selection of thesis labs. The Neuroscience Program also offers a series of advanced, specialized seminar courses intended to allow students to evaluate the literature and current concepts in each of the major thematic areas of modern brain research.

Neuroscience faculty conduct research that interfaces with many of the other graduate programs at UCSF, including the Tetrad (Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Genetics, Cell Biology, Developmental Biology) Program, Biophysics, Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Bioengineering and Biomedical Sciences. In virtually all cases, Neuroscience faculty who conduct research at these interfaces are also members of these related programs. Thus students who apply to these programs will have access to the laboratories of relevant Neuroscience faculty. In making a program choice during the application process, students should consider whether the curriculum offered by Neuroscience or by one of these alternative programs best serves their intellectual interests and future career goals.

Note: Each graduate program maintains its own admissions procedure. You may apply to only one of these graduate programs in an academic year.

The Neuroscience program actively seeks applications from members of underrepresented minority groups.