Application to the NACS Program
The NACS program is an interdepartmental, interdisciplinary training program leading to a Ph.D. in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science. NACS accepts only full-time graduate students. The complexity and depth of the neuroscience and cognitive sciences require full-time study to successfully complete doctoral-level research. Students can earn a non-thesis or thesis master's degree en route to the Ph.D. degree.
The application deadline for both domestic and international applicants is December 1 for admission in the next fall semester. We do not offer admission in the spring or summer.
The University of Maryland’s Graduate School accepts applications through its ApplyYourself/Hobsons application system. Before completing the application, applicants are asked to check the Admissions Requirements site for specific instructions.
As required by the Graduate School, all application materials are to be submitted electronically. Below are the application materials for the NACS program:
Statement of Purpose
Letters of Recommendation
GRE scores (general test only)
TOEFL / IELTS scores (for international applicants)
Non-refundable application fee ($75)
Information for International Graduate Students
The University of Maryland is dedicated to maintaining a vibrant international graduate student community. The office of International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS) is a valuable resource of information and assistance for prospective and current international students. International applicants are encouraged to explore the services they offer, and contact them with related questions. Admitted international students will receive instructions about obtaining the appropriate visa to study at the University of Maryland, which will require submission of additional documents. Please see the Graduate Admissions Process for International applicants for more information.
Applicants are encouraged to contact the Hobsons online application’s helpdesk for any technical issues. For questions related to the admissions process, prospective students may contact the Graduate School.