NACS is a mentorship-based program, so one of the most important aspects of admission is having a mentor who wants to work with you. We therefore strongly suggest that you contact potential mentors before applying to the program. Only applicants in whom faculty members have expressed interest will be considered for admission. Applicants who are admitted into the NACS program will have a faculty mentor or co-mentors assigned to them.
Although it is uncommon, in some instances a lab rotation in the first year can be arranged in cases where the applicant is interested in two potential mentors and both of those potential mentors are interested in having the applicant rotate in their labs before selecting a lab to join. The applicant should discuss this possibility with the potential mentors as early as possible.
Evaluation of applications and acceptance decisions are the responsibility of the NACS Admissions Committee.
The primary consideration must be to accept those applicants with the highest promise of success both in the NACS program and in their scientific careers. Given the program's breadth, applicants should demonstrate a desire for interdisciplinary training in both the classroom and the laboratory. Applicants should demonstrate excellence in coursework and research experience commensurate with their research interest.
Applicants who are found acceptable by the NACS Admissions Committee will be contacted for an interview and may be invited to our recruitment event, called NACS-Fest, which is typically held on a Thursday and Friday in the middle of February.
Notification of admission decisions is typically emailed to the applicants in early March.
The Graduate School requires a 3.0 GPA for admission. The average GPA for incoming NACS students over the last few years is 3.5.
The Graduate School's English language proficiency requirements are available here, including a list of the countries exempted from the TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE.