Addiction Neuroscience: Admission Requirements

The degrees are conferred through the Purdue University system, and entering students must meet the minimum admission requirements of the Graduate School of Purdue University and departmental requirements.

The program seeks talented and motivated persons who have an interest in the fields of behavioral and/or addiction neuroscience. A strong record of undergraduate research experience is given high priority in evaluating applicants. 

All applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution (you do not need a Master's degree to apply). Majors in the life sciences (psychology, biology, or chemistry) are particularly encouraged to apply. Academic preparation and performance in the life sciences (e.g., experimental psychology and behavioral neuroscience; cell and systems biology; chemistry) are given high priority in considering candidates for admission.

GPA: An undergraduate and graduate grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4-point scale for the Ph.D. program.

GRE: Applicants must take the Graduate Record Examination (General Test). The GRE scores are used in the overall evaluation process by the area to determine preparation for graduate training, but there is no minimum score required and all credentials are considered by the admissions committee. Only valid GRE scores are accepted; test scores are valid for five years after the testing year in which you tested (July 1–June 30). 

International Students English Proficiency RequirementsInternational applicants must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) unless student has a Bachelor's degree from a predominantly English-speaking country (check here for the official list). International applicants must have a minimum total score of 86 on the internet-based test (the following iBT subscore minimums must also be met: Writing-18, Listening-14, Speaking-18, Reading-19). Additionally, applicants must meet Purdue eligibility standards for admission detailed here. For more information, visit the International Admissions Website.

Application Deadline: December 1st (Students admitted for fall enrollment only)

To be considered for admissions, all application materials must be recieved by the deadline. Please see the Application Instructions.