How to Apply

How to Apply

The application deadline for the Fall PhD program is December 1st. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Application for admission to the Neuroscience program at The University of Texas at Austin includes two components. Part 1, an application to the University of Texas Graduate School and Part 2,  supplemental information for the Institute for Neuroscience graduate program. NOTE: Your application will NOT be considered until both Parts 1 and 2 are completed. All required materials are due on December 1.

Part I - Application to the University of Texas Graduate School

Instructions for US and International applicants can be found here.

The complete application to the graduate school includes the following components, for details refer to the admissions link listed above:

  1. The electronic application ApplyTexas. The major code to use for the Neuroscience PhD program is 671100. Your EID will be emailed to you 1-2 business days after submitting this application.
  2. A "Statement of Purpose". This statement should be 1-2 pages that describes (1) why you wish to pursue graduate work in Neuroscience, (2) your research experience(s) including background, hypotheses, approaches, real or expected findings, and implications, as well as (3) your future career aspirations.
  3. Three reccomendations.  Submit the names and email addresses of three recommenders in the "References" section of the online application. At least one must be a research mentor. Be sure these email addresses are current and accurate. Your recommenders will be contacted via email and directed to submit their letters electronically via a website link where they complete a questionnaire and submit their letter of reference. 
  4. Transcripts -- please see the instructions for submission on the Graduate Admissions website

  5. The neuroscience gradaute program is NOT requiring or considering GRE scores for fall 2024 applications.  However, the UT graduate school general application does still have an area to report GRE scores.  You may submit your application without GRE scores and once submitted the GRE requirement will automatically be waived by the graduate school, however this may take up to 72 hours. It is not necessary to contact us about this matter during this time. 

  6. International Students send official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) scores.
  7. Application fee of $65.00 for US students and $90.00 for International students

To monitor and maintain your application, please go to the status check website. There you can monitor the status of your pending recommendations, resend a Request for Reference email to your recommenders, add a new recommender, submit supplemental information (see below), and revise your FERPA (right to view) status from retained to waived. Online submission of recommendations is preferred, but we will accept paper recommendations if necessary. If you have any questions, please email

Part II - Supplemental Information specific to the Institute for Neuroscience (INS)

The application to the INS includes the following components that must be completed and uploaded via the status check website.

  1. Supplemental Neuroscience Graduate Program application - download fillable PDF version here. NOTE: This supplemental application should be uploaded as the Departmental Application in the status check website.  
  2. Resume and/or curriculum vitae.

For your reference to ensure all necessary components of the application have been completed, click to download a pdf copy of the INS application checklist.

For assistance contact:

INS Graduate Coordinator
Phone: 512-471-3640
Fax: 512-471-0390