If you decide that UCSF's Neuroscience Graduate Program would be a good fit for you, you are warmly invited to apply. Please review all steps before proceeding.


Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the Neuroscience program, our students have diverse backgrounds in physical and/or biological sciences. The program has as prerequisites undergraduate courses in biology, physics, inorganic and organic chemistry, and calculus (although students not trained in one or more of these areas may make them up after enrollment).


The deadline for receipt of the complete application package for 2018 fall admission is December 1, 2017.

The application form, all academic transcripts, GRE scores and letters of recommendation must be received by the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Consideration of late applications is subject to the discretion of the admissions committee.

Application Package

  • ONLINE APPLICATION (coming soon for 2019 admissions)
  • GRE: All students who apply must take the Graduate Record Examination. MCAT scores may not be submitted in lieu of the GRE. Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical tests are required. A GRE subject test is not required. Official GRE scores must be received by the December 1 deadline.

   UCSF Institution Code: 4840

  • TOEFL: Foreign students, whose training has been in a language other than English, must take the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) in their home countries. Arrangements for the test may be made by writing to the Educational Testing Service.
    NOTE: International students who have had training in English are not required the TOEFL.

TOEFL Educational Testing Service 
P.O. Box 592 
Princeton, New Jersey 08540, U.S.A.
TOEFL code: 30

  • TRANSCRIPTS: The applicant must download transcripts directly to the online application. Official transcripts submitted directly to UCSF from the institution will be required for students who are admitted.
  • LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION: Three letters of recommendation are required. Additional letters will be accepted. It is the applicant's responsibility to invite recommenders to submit letters - and to follow up with the recommenders to ensure that letters will arrive by the December 1 deadline.


Patricia Veitch, Program Administrator
University of California, San Francisco
UCSF MC 2811
Rock Hall, Room 484C
1550 4th Street
San Francisco, CA 94143-2811

Phone: 415.476.2248
Fax: 415.476.2098