Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and undergraduate courses in organic chemistry, cell biology, and integral calculus. Admission requires a minimum GPA of 3.25 in undergraduate work and acceptable GRE scores.
Applicants to the doctoral program in Neuroscience should have demonstrated high aptitude for quantitative reasoning, physical science and life science. The applicant should have an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution, and are expected to have a GPA of 3.25 or better, with course work in biochemistry (e.g. BIOL 483), cell biology (e.g. BIOL 484), and molecular genetics (e.g. BIOL 482). In addition, students interested in the theoretical, computational or physiological neuroscience are expected to have completed integral calculus.
Strong candidates who lack several prerequisites to any concentration may be admitted to provisional status. Removal from provisional status, and continuation in the program, is contingent upon earning a GPA of 3.25 in the program's fundamental courses, plus completion of missing prerequisites.
Applicants should submit a Goals Statement that includes a description of how the applicants research interests relate to at least one faculty member in the program and include the names of two faculty members who may be suitable as advisors or supervisory committee members.
Applicants must obtain three strong letters of recommendation from faculty members or individuals who have firsthand knowledge of the applicant’s academic or professional capabilities.
Applicants must submit GRE scores. The GRE exam must have been taken within the past five years prior to the date of application submission. A minimum GRE scores of 1100 on the old scale or approximately 303 on the new scale, combined on the verbal and quantitative sections, and 4.0 on the analytical writing section. Send score to George Mason by using institution code: 5827
Financial assistance is available at competitive levels through graduate research assistantships and fellowships to outstanding candidates. Fellowships and assistantships for Ph.D. students are available beginning in the fall semester. Those applying for fellowships and assistantships must submit completed applications by January 4 for fall admission (Dec 15 for degree holders from non-US institutions).