Applying to Our Program


Our training program focuses on the interface of behavior and biological mechanisms. The broad spectrum of research expertise in genetic, cellular, molecular and systems neuroscience complements our expertise in behavioral neuroscience and provides our students with a unique environment to pursue their graduate training. We integrate our diverse interests through the highly collaborative structure and collegiality of our program.

Apply to our program

The deadline for applications for Fall 2020 admission is November 29, 2019.

We have one application period per year. For an interview opportunity, you should hear from us by early January 2020. Please contact our Graduate Program Coordinator, Erica Hankins Regalo, if you would like to check on the status of your application

Please review the policies on OHSU's Graduate Studies Admissions website prior to beginning the application process. The application opens on September 1, 2019. 

General Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) from an accredited college or university with an appropriate educational background in behavioral and biological sciences. Relevant coursework includes biochemistry, organic chemistry, physiology, neuroscience, anatomy, psychology, statistics, and computer programming. Applicants are encouraged to have completed at least two semesters/terms of chemistry prior to submittal of their application to our program.
  • Cumulative Grade Point (GPA) average of at least 3.0 (based on a letter grading system of A = 4 points; B = 3; C = 2; D = 1; F = 0) or its equivalent in other grading systems.
  • If English is not your first language, Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required.

Other Information

  • GRE scores are not required. However, if you have taken a GRE test and if the scores can help demonstrate your academic proficiency, feel free to submit your scores.
  • OHSU's Graduate Studies approves application fee waivers for applicants who are economically disadvantaged. Request a waiver by contacting before submitting your application.
  • Students admitted to our program can expect to be supported as graduate research assistants by a federally funded research training grant, by departmental funds, or by individual faculty research grants. For additional financial support information, see our PhD student stipend policy 2019-2020. 

Contact us

Erica Hankins Regalo, Graduate Program Coordinator
(503) 418-9462

Marina Guizzetti, Graduate Program Director
(503) 220-8262 x58618

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