FAQs for Prospective Students

What does NACS stand for?
Neuroscience and Cognitive Science

What kind of undergraduate classes do I need to take in order to be considered for admission to NACS?
Most students who apply to our program have taken courses in neuroscience, biology, psychology, and math. The academic coursework is dependent in many cases on the research that you are interested in doing during your graduate studies.

Do I need to have an advisor in place before I apply to the program? 
No. However, in order for you to be recommended for admission to the program, a NACS faculty member must be willing to serve as your mentor.

How many applications do you typically receive, and how many students do you typically admit?
NACS receives around 100 applications and we enroll 9-10 students each year.

What can I do to be a strong candidate for the program?
Strong applicants have taken a broad selection of neuroscience coursework (spanning molecular, systems, and cognitive approaches) and courses in math and biology. They also have research experience. In addition, they have a sense of their own research interests, which they clearly articulate in their personal statement. Finally, they have strong letters of recommendation.

I already have a M.S. degree. Do I still need GRE scores?
Yes. All applicants are required to submit official General GRE score reports. 

Does NACS offer lab rotations?
Lab rotations are not mandatory. Students can rotate between two labs during their first year if both mentors agree.

Does NACS offer a part-time program?
No. 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.

What is the average time to degree for students in the NACS program?
The average time to degree is 5.5 years.

Does NACS have a master's program?
No. NACS does not have a master's program. NACS students can earn a Master's degree en route to the Ph.D.

Does NACS have a summer internship program?
No. Students interested in internships can contact the NACS faculty directly to see if they have openings in their labs.

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