Neuroscience PhD at Wake Forest University at Wake Forest University

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The Neuroscience Track at Wake Forest University welcomes applications from individuals interesting in pursuing a PhD degree and studying the nervous system — its function, development and disease states. Applicants should have a strong undergraduate preparation in biology, chemistry (including biochemistry) and mathematics, research experience, as well as competitive scores on the Graduate Record Examinations, or GREs. Applications from both undergraduates and post-graduates who have maintained an interest in neuroscience are welcome. Both US citizens as well as international students are considered.


Completed applications, including unofficial college transcripts, unofficial GRE scores, and three letters of recommendation, should be submitted to the Graduate School by December 6, 2017 for full consideration for admission and possible graduate fellowship funding. The final deadline for applicant submission is January 15, 2018 but there isn’t a guarantee for fellowship funding. Selected individuals will be invited by the Neuroscience Admissions Committee to interview with the program (see below), at the institution’s expense. The dates for interview weekend are January 25 – 27, 2018. Decisions and offers for admission are made shortly after the last interview weekend, on a rolling basis, and may continue through April.


Submit your application online at the Graduate School application website. Detailed instructions and requirements are described there.

For inquiries about the application process, contact the Graduate School Office at 1-800-GET-GRAD or

For specific information about admission into the Neuroscience Track, contact:

Ms. Mary Hillebrand
Neuroscience Secretary
Medical Center Blvd.
Winston-Salem, NC 27157
(336) 716-0043


Dr. Sara Jones
Chair of the Neuroscience Recruitment Committee
Department of Physiology & Pharmacology
Medical Center Blvd.
Winston-Salem, NC 27157
(336) 716-8533

Candidate Interview

Every year, approximately 30 applicants are invited to visit our campus and meet the faculty and current students. The visit typically begins on a Thursday afternoon and runs through Saturday morning or early afternoon.  The interview weekend for 2016 will take place January 26 – 28, 2017.

The events typically include an orientation session,  tours of the Biomedical Sciences campus and its facilities, an interview with members of the Admissions Committee, as well as short presentations about neuroscience research at Wake. Most importantly, a large portion of the time is reserved for informal conversations with graduate students and faculty. We want to get to know our prospective students and we want them to have the opportunity to know us too.

Why Graduate School?

A message from one of our faculty members.

I am passionate about science and enjoy my career as a neuroscientist. Thus, I can only recommend the Neuroscience Track most enthusiastically. Years ago, however, when I applied to graduate school, I wasn’t sure what to expect. So, here are some thoughts that may be helpful if you are still wondering what graduate school is about. Read more »