Applying to Our Program

Welcome

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 2022 admission is December 1, 2021.

We have one application period per year. For an interview opportunity, you should hear from us by early January 2022. Please contact us (BSNGradStudies@ohsu.edu), 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, 2021. 

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.

OHSU COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

OHSU requires immunizations for its students in accordance with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and from the State of Oregon. Students must comply with OHSU pre-entrance immunization requirements per Policy 03-30-150 and Policy 02-90-010, and remain in compliance for the duration of their enrollment at OHSU.

This means that all admitted students must provide proof of full COVID-19 immunization or receive an approved medical or religious exception prior to the start of the academic program. Admission into OHSU academic programs are considered conditional until proof of full vaccination is provided or a medical or religious exception is approved by OHSU. If students have not met the COVID-19 policy requirements by the first day of their academic program, their conditional offer of admission to OHSU will be withdrawn and they will be unable to take courses or start their programs of study or other academic activities.

Students admitted into non-clinical programs who have received exceptions will be required to complete COVID-19 testing as specified by OHSU and will receive additional direction related to required safety standards and practices. OHSU does not allow unvaccinated students to participate in in-person direct patient contact or in simulation activities involving in-person direct contact with standardized patients, and as such, entry into clinical programs for unvaccinated students will be prohibited.

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 somgrad@ohsu.edu 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 2020-2021. 

Contact us

General Inquiries & Information
BSNGradStudies@ohsu.edu

Amanda Asbrock, Graduate Program Coordinator
asbrock@ohsu.edu
(503) 418-2309

Marina Guizzetti, Graduate Program Director
guizzett@ohsu.edu
(503) 220-8262 x58618

    • Appointments and titles

      • Assistant Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience, School of Medicine
      • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, School of Medicine
    • Areas of interest

      • Systems Neuroscience
      • Working memory
      • high density neural recordings
      • optogenetics
      • neural oscillations
      • schizophrenia
      • Neural circuits
    • Appointments and titles

      • Associate Professor, Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences
    • Areas of interest

      • Biological rhythms and health
      • Neuroendocrinology of sex differences
      • Sleep epidemiology
    • Appointments and titles

      • Associate Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, School of Medicine
    • Areas of interest

      • Representation of speech and other natural sounds in auditory cortex
      • Learning and attention-driven changes in auditory representation
      • Biological mechanisms underlying neural computations
    • Appointments and titles

      • Professor, Oregon National Primate Research Center
      • Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience, School of Medicine
    • Areas of interest

      • Animal models of alcohol and drug addiction
      • Stress response to chronic alcohol drinking
      • MRI imaging of brain circuitry
      • Advances in cognitive assessment of primate behavior
      • Behavioral pharmacology
    • Appointments and titles

      • Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience, School of Medicine
    • Areas of interest

      • Glia
      • Astrocytes
      • Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
      • Neuronal development
      • Extracellular matrix
      • Neurite outgrowth
      • Chondroitin sulfate proteoglycans
    • Appointments and titles

      • Professor of Neurological Surgery, School of Medicine
    • Appointments and titles

      • Assistant Professor, Vollum Institute
      • Assistant Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience, School of Medicine
    • Areas of interest

      • neurotransmitter release
      • short-term synaptic plasticity
      • neural circuits
      • presynaptic calcium sensors
    • Appointments and titles

      • Professor, Oregon National Primate Research Center
    • Areas of interest

      • Fetal development
      • Magnetic resonance imaging
      • Neurodevelopment disorders
      • Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
    • Appointments and titles

      • Associate Professor of Neurology, School of Medicine
    • Areas of interest

      • Sleep
      • EEG
      • Traumatic brain injury
      • Post-traumatic stress disorder
      • Neurodegeneration
      • Alzheimer's
      • Autism
    • Appointments and titles

      • Associate Professor, Vollum Institute
    • Areas of interest

      • basal ganglia circuit analysis
      • cortical-subcortical interactions
      • optogenetics
      • genetically engineered calcium indicators
      • two-photon calcium imaging
    • Appointments and titles

      • Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience, School of Medicine
    • Areas of interest

      • Neuroethology
      • Molecular neuroscience
      • Speech and Language
      • Vocal learning
      • Central auditory processing
      • Learning and memory
      • Neurogenomics
    • Appointments and titles

      • Professor of Psychiatry, Division of Clinical Psychology, School of Medicine
    • Appointments and titles

      • Associate Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience, School of Medicine
    • Areas of interest

      • Circadian gene regulation of mood- and alcohol-use disorders
      • Testing and characterizing therapies for reducing alcohol and drug intake in animal models
    • Appointments and titles

      • Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience, School of Medicine
    • Areas of interest

      • Behavioral genetics
      • Quantitative genetics
      • Alcohol
      • Methamphetamine
      • Addiction
      • Neuroscience
      • Stress
    • Appointments and titles

      • Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience, School of Medicine
    • Appointments and titles

      • Associate Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, School of Medicine
      • Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, School of Medicine
      • Associate Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience, School of Medicine
    • Areas of interest

      • Pitch and speech perception in humans
      • Computational modeling of auditory perception
      • Auditory neurophysiology
      • Binaural fusion
      • Auditory object formation and segregation
    • Appointments and titles

      • Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience, School of Medicine
    • Areas of interest

      • Alcoholism and drug addiction
      • Stress-related neuropeptides
      • Social neurobiology of addiction
    • Appointments and titles

      • Assistant Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience, School of Medicine
    • Areas of interest

      • Behavioral Neuroendocrinology
      • Sex differences in motivation and reward
      • Neurobiology of Addiction
      • Adolescent Development
    • Appointments and titles

      • Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience, School of Medicine
    • Areas of interest

      • Synaptic plasticity underlying behavioral changes in animal models of drug addiction