CNUP: Center for Neuroscience

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. When is the application deadline?

A. December 1

Q. Can I apply online?

A. Yes, all applications must be submitted online.

Q. Is there an application fee?

A. The application fee is $50, which is due before we can begin processing your application.

Q. Which test scores are required with the application?

A. A Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test score is required. The test must be taken within five years of application. A subject test is not required.

Q. What is the Institution code for GRE test score submission?

A. Institution Code: 2927.

Q. Is the TOEFL required?

A. Yes, for those students whose native language is not English, or who have not recently earned a degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States.

Q. What is the Institution code for TOEFL score submission?

A. Institution Code: 2927, department code 0213.

Q. May I submit IELTS results?

A. Yes, for those students whose native language is not English, or who have not recently earned a degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States.  IELTS results must be sent electronically to the University of Pittsburgh by the University of Cambridge.

Q. How are graduate students supported?

A. All students are fully supported while they are in graduate school. The current annual stipend is $27,000 plus tuition remission and health care.

Q. How many students enter the CNUP program each year?

A. We strive to matriculate approximately 12 students annually.

Q. What does the CNUP's admissions committee look for in the applications to the graduate training program?

A. Five variables are considered in the initial evaluation. By far the most important is prior research experience; we generally do not consider an applicant who has not yet spent some time in a research laboratory. Also important are letters of reference (especially from a research mentor), statement of goals, courses and grades (especially in natural sciences), and GREs. Promising applicants currently residing in North America are invited for an interview on campus. Those applicants residing outside of North America may be selected for telephone interviews.

Q. What is the typical profile of grades and GRE scores of students accepted into the CNUP program?

A. Our students typically have at least a QPA of 3.4 (on a 4.0 scale) and GRE scores of 160 verbal, 150 quantitative, and a 4.5 score on the analytical writing test.

Q. Does the CNUP have an MS program?

A. No.