Apply to GPN!

Thank you for your interest in the Graduate Program for Neuroscience!

Deadline for applications is December 15, 2023.


Our interview weekend for invited applicants starts February 26th with formal community recruitment events on February 26th-28th, 2023.

We are the Graduate Program for Neuroscience that is University-wide and offers an interdisciplinary “core” curriculum covering all areas of modern neuroscience with an elective pathway of emphasis in multiple areas including molecular and cellular, systems, and cognitive and behavioral neuroscience. Students have access to elective curriculum from all across the University and access to all BU neuroscientists for their thesis research experiences.

There is only one entry point into GPN due to the importance of a shared core curriculum that is taken as an entering class during the first year of study.  If you are specifically interested in obtaining the advanced computational PhD please select GPN and ignore the Comp GPN button that is displayed in gray on the admissions portal.  You will be asked about your interest in the computational specialization once you enter through the button marked PhD GPN Neuroscience.

Please note that the BU GRE institution code is 3087 .

To submit your application for the GPN 2023 class please create an account on the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences’ application page and follow the instructions. Choose the entry marked PhD GPN Neuroscience (as described above).

While this is a University-wide program, formal administration of student admissions, registration, and keeping of records will be housed on one campus through the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences (GMS) to serve you best. GMS provides a rich environment for graduate student development, including responsible conduct of research, career guidance, public speaking and grantsmanship, as well as an opportunity to share graduate experiences with fellow BU students also conducting thesis research in the area of neuroscience through a variety of other programs/departments.

Students coming through the PIBS GMS portal will not be considered at this time for later admittance to the Graduate Program for Neuroscience due to the design of the GPN curriculum during the first year, however, components of the PIBS first year curriculum can be taken as electives by GPN students with permission of instructors.

After you have applied to the program, please feel free to contact us so that we can learn more about you and keep an eye on the completion of your application materials.