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Neuroscience (NEUS) How to Apply

This page contains information about how to apply to the Neuroscience (NEUS) program, including the following:

Admissions Criteria

Drexel's program is best suited for students with the following neuroscience interests:

  • Cellular
  • Systems (including neuroengineering)
  • Behavioral neuroscience

There are no minimal requirements but applicants should be competitive with regard to grades, GRE scores, research experience, and letters of recommendation. Applicants are encouraged to use email to contact any of the faculty of the program with whom they may share scientific interests to discuss their suitability to the program and/or potential projects in relevant laboratories.

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Application Deadlines

Application deadline for the PhD in Neuroscience:

  • International Fall Deadline - December 1
  • Domestic Fall Deadline - December 15

Application deadline for the Master of Science in Neuroscience:

  • International Fall Deadline - May 15
  • Domestic Fall Deadline - July 23

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Required Components of a Completed Application

To be considered for acceptance, an applicant must provide the following as part of a complete online application for admission. For details regarding the items below please review the Admission Application Instructions.

Graduate Admission Application

Applicants may only apply to one program. All documents submitted by you or on your behalf in support of this application for admission to Drexel University become the property of the University, and will under no circumstances be released to you or any other party. Please note, an application fee of $75 U.S. is required.


Official transcripts must be sent directly to Drexel from all the colleges/universities that you have attended. Transcripts must be submitted in a sealed envelope with the college/university seal over the flap. Please note that transcripts are required regardless of number of credits taken or if the credits were transferred to another school. An admission decision may be delayed if you do not send transcripts from all colleges/universities attended. (See checklist)

Standardized Test Scores

Please submit Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores.

Essay/Personal Statement

Please write approximately 500 words explaining your reasons for pursuing a degree from Drexel; discuss personal goals, conditions, or career aspirations that motivate you to pursue graduate study at Drexel University; what are your most important accomplishments; and what do you expect to achieve through this program. For fall 2017 and future terms, submit your essay with your application or through the Discover Drexel portal after you submit your application.


For fall 2017 and future terms, upload your résumé as part of your admission application or through the Discover Drexel portal after you submit your application.

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required. To electronically request recommendations, you must list your recommenders and their contact information on your application. We advise that you follow up with your recommenders to ensure they received your recommendation request — they may need to check their junk mail folder. Additionally, it is your responsibility to confirm that your recommenders will submit letters by your application deadline and follow up with recommenders who have not completed their recommendations. For fall 2017 and future terms, request recommendations with your application or through the Discover Drexel portal after you submit your application.

Math Science GPA Calculation Form

Completed online math science GPA calculation form. Please note, you will need to start your application before you can use the form.

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Mailing Address

Drexel University College of Medicine
Division of Biomedical Graduate Studies
2900 W. Queen Lane, Suite G24
Philadelphia, PA 19129

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Financial Information

Tuition information for the Neuroscience program is available on the Drexel Central website.

Financial aid is available from many sources, such as the federal government and private organizations, or from the University itself. Financial aid may be in the form of loans, grants, scholarships or part-time employment. For information regarding financing your education, please visit Drexel Central.

Financial Planning Services

Financing a graduate school education can be a daunting task, but at Drexel University College of Medicine it doesn't have to be. Our students have access to a certified financial planner who specializes in financial planning services for graduate and medical students.

Drexel University College of Medicine's financial planner is on staff full time to assist all students and their families with counseling and financial planning during and after their medical and graduate school years. This service is designed to address the student's entire financial picture beyond financial aid.

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An image of DRG Neurons from the neuroscience program at Drexel University College of Medicine.