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 Neuroscience Graduate Program trains students studying for the Ph.D. degree. The program does not offer a master's degree.


The online application for 2021 fall admission is December 1, 2020. Applications will open in September.

All application materials including the online application, all academic transcripts and letters of recommendation must be received by the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered. 

Application Package

  • GRE: UCSF Neuroscience does not require GRE General test scores for admission into the program. 
  • TOEFL: International applicants are required to take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). We will accept an IELTS score in lieu of the TOEFL.
    Note: International students who have had training in English are not required to take the TOEFL. 
  • Transcripts: The applicant must download transcripts directly to the online application. (Only students who are admitted will be required to submit official transcripts sent directly to UCSF from the institution.
  • 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 follow up with the recommenders to ensure that letters will arrive by the December 1st deadline.

Pat Veitch, Program Administrator

University of California, San Francisco
Rock Hall, Room 184
1550 4th Street
San Francisco, CA 94143-2811
Ph: 415.476.2248
[email protected]