Application Procedures for 2020-21

The Department only considers graduate applications for the Fall Quarter. Deadline to complete and submit your online application is December 1. 

Application Status Updates (as of 11/26/18): 

Due to the high volume of application status inquiries, we ask for your cooperation during this busy time of year.  Your application status information may not be readily available on your online Admissions Checklist/Status Timeline.  We are monitoring all incoming GRE/TOEFL/IELTS score reports and letters of recommendations.  If an item is missing, we will contact you directly via e-mail.  Please be sure to add the following to your e-mail safe-senders/receivers list:, and

Application Material Check-List: 

  • Online graduate admissions application
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Personal History Statement (Optional) - applicants who wish to be considered for merit-based fellowships are encouraged to complete a personal history statement. 
  • Three letters of recommendation: enter names & information of recommenders in the online application; they will receive an email with a link to upload their letter to an online letter of recommendation site. 
  • One set of official transcripts: You will be uploading unofficial copies with the online application (for application review purposes).  Official transcripts are also required. Electronic official transcripts must come directly from your Institution and e-mailed to Electronic transcripts e-mailed by the applicant, will not be considered official.  Or you may request to have official transcripts mailed to:

UCLA Neuroscience Graduate Office
Box 951761
1506D Gonda Center
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1761

For Express Mail Carriers (FedEx, UPS, EMS, etc.)
UCLA Neuroscience Graduate Office
695 Charles E. Young Dr. South
1506D Gonda Center
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1765


  • GRE General Test :  Official scores should be transmitted to us.  UCLA Institution Code R4837, Neuroscience Department & Major Field Code:  0213
  • Resume/CV: Please upload to the Resume/CV section.
  • TOEFL iBT (International Applicants):  UCLA Institution Code 4837, Department & Major Code:  99
  • IELTS (in lieu of TOEFL):  Official score report should be sent to the address listed above.
  • Selecting the Academic Program - Neuroscience PhD on the online application:
    • "Plans for Graduate Study" Section
    • Major - Select: Bioscience PHD - Neuroscience
  • Only the required application items will be evaluated. Do not mail or upload any other supplemental documents or any duplicates of uploaded application items.  Our program does NOT require a writing sample. Do NOT upload your publication(s) to the application site. 

For further FAQs please visit our Admissions FAQ page here.  For all other questions, contact us by email or phone at (310) 825-8153.