Graduate Admissions

Are you ready for research? Looking for a collegial and supportive environment where you can challenge yourself to do your best? This may be the place for you! 

Application review begins in November.  Early application is encouraged!

Fall 2023 Admissions Deadline:  December 1, 2022

Applications are typically accepted for admission to the Fall semester.

Please note in the Graduate College Application:

  1. Select Fall 2023 as the term.
  2. Use the links to the right for more information
  3. Help?  Email or call 217-300-7978

Application Fee:

  1. Domestic Applicants:  $70.00
  2. International Applicants:  $90.00
  3. MUST be paid to submit the application.  Can be paid by credit card.  **Fee waivers available at Please note that we do not offer application fee waivers for international students.
Neuroscience Program Requirements

The Neuroscience Program welcomes applications from research-oriented students with strong qualifications and laboratory experience. Our program is particularly suited to students who are ready to dive into research. We make every effort to recruit and accept applicants who are well matched to our program. Students are normally admitted to work with a specific faculty mentor. Students may also be admitted to rotate between a few different labs for the first semester or year before being matched with a faculty mentor. 

The NSP is committed to recruiting highly qualified students, including underrepresented minority students and international students. No fixed number of students in any category is admitted during any given year. Communication with faculty members about their research is strongly encouraged.

We look carefully at each application and do not adhere strictly to any one criterion.

  • Applicants should have a grade-point average of at least 3.0 (4.0 = A) for the last 60 hours of undergraduate study.
  • Research experience is highly desirable.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are optional, but may be submitted  
  • Students are accepted from a wide range of academic, experience, and degree backgrounds.
  • Students typically have strong preparation in several of the following: biology (including cell biology, genetics, molecular biology, physiology, and behavior), psychology (especially experimental and physiological), biochemistry, physics, engineering and mathematics.
Medical Scholars Program

The Medical Scholars Program has previously offered a joint M.D./Ph.D. degree.  In the fall of 2018, the new Carle Illinois College of Medicine welcomed its inaugural class and is working to create a new Medical Scholars Program.  As the world’s first engineering-based college of medicine, we are leveraging advanced technology to train physician-innovators who will deliver better, more compassionate and accessible care to patients worldwide.

Carle Illinois College of Medicine:


We will be global leaders in transformative medical education, research and clinical care innovation, designed to improve the health and well-being of patients and communities around the world.


We educate exceptional physician-innovators to deliver high-value, compassionate health care through transformative solutions developed at the intersection of engineering, science and medicine.