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Cognition, Brain, & Behavior Admissions

Only full-time doctorate students are considered for admission. The application deadline is December 1st. Online applications are located at: A complete application includes official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work, scores on the Graduate Record Examination, a personal statement of interests, a curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant's academic work. All applicants should include in their statement of interest a clear and concise description of their research interests and the core faculty member(s) with whom they would like to work as their research mentor(s). In addition, applicants are encouraged to submit a conference poster or original research paper if available.

Admission Standards

The program receives approximately 40 to 50 applications a year for an incoming class of 2 students on average. The admissions committee bases its decisions on the overall strength of the application and how well the skills and interest of the applicant align with faculty who are accepting students in a given year. No specific undergraduate major is required for admission, rather the collective preparation for research training by CBB faculty is of utmost importance.

Financial Support

Graduate students in good standing are supported by a teaching assistantship or occasionally a graduate assistantship, external grant funding, or university fellowship. Graduate students are encouraged to apply for fellowships from NSF, NIH, and other funding sources.