Application Process

NUIN Application Requirements

Deadline

Applications for Fall 2015 should be received no later than December 1, 2014, so they can be processed in time for a mid-December review.  Supporting material received after the deadline will slow the review of your application, however, these documents will be accepted within a reasonable amount of time past the application deadline.

All applicants are required to fill out the Northwestern University application. Please use ApplyYourself to complete your application.

Research Experience

The PhD is about doing research, and successful applicants will have had at least one solid laboratory research experience. Research need not have been in a neuroscience laboratory.

Coursework

All incoming students, regardless of major or research interests, should have a solid grounding in the basic sciences (biology, chemistry, physics) and mathematics, either through formal courses or as a result of significant relevant experience.

Statement of Purpose

As part of the ApplyYourself online application, applicants need to submit a statement of purpose describing their unique background, experience, and motivation for pursuing a PhD in neuroscience at Northwestern. The statement may not exceed 5,000 characters (with spaces).

Letters of Recommendation

Each applicant is required to have three letters of recommendation. Ideally, at least one of these recommendations will be from a supervisor of research. The letters should be requested and submitted online via the ApplyYourself tool. If submitting the letter this way is not possible, please have letters mailed to the NUIN Admissions Coordinator (details below).

Resume

ApplyYourself gives applicants an opportunity to upload a resume. While not required, applicants are encouraged to do so.

Transcripts

You are required to submit one scanned copy of your transcript from each school you have attended. Scanned transcripts may be “unofficial”, for example the versions that many institutions allow students to download themselves.  If you are recommended for admission and decide to enroll, you will be required to mail one official copy of each of your transcripts to The Graduate School Admission Office as soon as the transcripts are available.  Please do not mail copies of your transcripts to The Graduate School before you have been admitted AND submitted your enrollment decision. Any transcript submitted prior to that point will not be kept and you will be required to submit those transcripts again.

Please make sure your scanned transcripts are legible before uploading them. Illegible transcripts will not be reviewed.

Standardized Tests Scores

GRE:  The general GRE test results are required for all applicants. No subject test is required, nor is there a minimum score requirement.  Please send your GRE scores to Northwestern University via ETS code: 1565.

TOEFL or IELTS (International Students Only):  This test must be taken no more than two years before the intended quarter of entry.  The TOEFL may be waived if the applicant has completed a two or four year degree from an institution where the primary language is English.

TOEFL Test Score Requirements:

  • 600 or higher on the paper-based test
  • 250 or higher on the computer-based test
  • 100 or higher on the internet based test

IELTS Test Score Requirements:   7.0 or higher

Please send your TOEFL scores to Northwestern University via ETS code: 1565.  IELTS Department Code: 01.  TOEFL iBT: Program Name or Option 99.

Writing Sample

NUIN Does not require a writing sample.

Application Fee

The application fee is $95 and must be paid via credit card at the time of application submission.  Your application will not be processed without payment of the fee.  Applicants who because of financial hardship may qualify for a waiver of the application fee can find information here.

Special Accommodations

Potential applicants to NUIN who have a disability and need special accommodations during a campus visit should let us know by contacting Alana Lackore via email at alana.lackore@northwestern.edu or by phone at 847-491-5033. We will endeavor to provide the necessary accommodations and as necessary, consult with Northwestern University’s Office for Students with Disabilities (SSD) to meet the needs.  If accepted to Northwestern, the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) is available to provide possible services and accommodations to the student. The SSD office may be contacted by email at ssd@northwestern.edu or by phone at 847-467-5530.

 Additional information regarding admission procedures of The Graduate School at Northwestern University are available here: http://http://www.tgs.northwestern.edu/admission/index.html