Applications to the Neuroscience graduate program are submitted via the Preliminary Application System, an electronic application system that streamlines the admissions process for several PhD training programs at the University of Iowa, including the Neuroscience PhD program.

The electronic application system transmits your file directly to the Neuroscience Admissions Committee for evaluation.

This preliminary application is FREE.


For best consideration, please submit your completed preliminary application by January 1. Applications received after this deadline may be considered on a rolling basis.

Complete preliminary applications include the *free* online preliminary application, unofficial transcripts, three letters of recommendation, self-reported GRE test score results, and self-reported TOEFL test score results (foreign applicants only).


General questions regarding application information, procedures, prerequisites, financial support, and the Iowa City community can be found here.

Program-specific inquiries should be directed to


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Heat map representing post-training conditioned place preference for individual mice. This image shows the average location

of mice over a period of 20 minutes. Regions of higher intensity (orange/yellow) indicate areas where a given mouse spent more

time.  –Image by Neuroscience student Shane Johnson

“Coming from the west coast, I was apprehensive about life in the mid-west, but I can honestly say that I absolutely love Iowa City.  It is a great and easy place to live and go to school, and has a wide variety of extra-curricular activities – from music to outdoor activities, there is a ton going on! Additionally, everyone really is quite nice, and there is an easy-going, collaborative feel at the University that I really appreciate.”