Admission Requirements

The McMaster Neuroscience Graduate Program seeks to attract the brightest graduate minds to the field.
Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary field and our program embraces the full range of research areas. Thus, students from a range of different undergraduate programs will have appropriate backgrounds for admission to the Neuroscience Graduate program.
Applicants who hold a 4 year Honors undergraduate degree in a field relevant to Neuroscience research with a B+ average in the final year are generally admissible.
International applicants must submit TOEFL or Academic IELTS scores.
Applicants to the PhD program should have the same background in Neuroscience as Master’s applicants.
Students showing outstanding potential and high academic standing may be accepted directly to the PhD program.

Before Starting Be Sure to Have...

  1. Names & emails for 2 Academic references
  2. List of all undergrad courses and grades
  3. One page (~500 word) Statement of Interest in graduate studies in Neuroscience at McMaster University.

Please allow 2 weeks after submission of your application to the Neuroscience Program at McMaster University for us to update the status of your material on the School of Graduate Studies application.

Got a question? Take a look at our FAQs.

If you do not find the answer there then contact us for help. We can usually answer questions within 2 business days.

Do you have questions for our current students? Ask a Student Ambassador or email one of the students in our Students of MiNDS Association (SOMA)!

Thank you for your application to the Neuroscience Graduate Program at McMaster University.

Indigenous Applicants

To best represent our population we welcome applications from Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, and Metis) learners via our Facilitated Indigenous Admissions Program (FIAP). All applications received through the FIAP are reviewed exclusive of the general applicant pool. After review, applications that are deemed eligible are distributed to all faculty members who are currently recruiting graduate students (also exclusive of the general applicant pool).

No longer accepting applications for Fall 2021 admission

Application Deadline was January 15, 2021. We will begin to accept applications for Fall 2022 in October

    No late applications will be accepted

The Admissions committee will review applications to identify promising candidates.
The selection is based on:

  • academic success,
  • research experience,
  • statement of research interests,
  • and letters of recommendation.

Got an application question? Check out our application FAQ page.

How to apply to the Neuroscience Graduate Program
  • Start by browsing the Neuroscience Graduate Program website -
  1. Identify your area of interest and potential supervisors,
  2. contact potential supervisors -- each student considered for the program needs to be supported by a faculty member.
  • Fill in your application to McMaster University
  1. Complete the on-line part of the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) application for admission to The Neuroscience Graduate Program at McMaster University. (Our program can be found under the Academic Program Interdisciplinary MSc or PhD and Academic Plan Neuroscience Thesis).
  2. Pay the application fee.
  • Go to our Application Portal to complete the secondary application
  1. Set-up your account on the Application Portal. The portal provides detailed instructions. The steps below list the information that you will be asked to submit to complete your application to the Neuroscience Graduate Program.
    1. Submit contact information for 2 Academic references. They must be faculty members.
    2. Provide information about the last 10 courses that you have completed.
    3. Upload a 1 page statement of your interest in neuroscience research and graduate studies in our program.
    4. Provide information about your research experiences, conference presentations, publications, and awards/scholarships.
    5. Provide information about the areas of neuroscience research you are interested in pursuing.
    6. Upload a copy of your transcripts (either a scanned version or one that you have downloaded from your university...must be a transcript, grade reports will not be accepted)
  2. Once you have completed BOTH the SGS and Neuroscience Portal applications, hit the final Submit button in the Neuroscience Portal.
  • Mail the following items to the Neuroscience Graduate Program Admissions (address below)
  1. If you are offered admission, original sealed transcripts will be required from every post secondary institution you have attended. Have an original official transcript(s) mailed to us in a sealed envelope from each university that you have attended.
  2. If your first language is not English, have ETS send TOEFL scores (minimum score 92, 580 on paper based; or 237 on computer based) or Academic IELTS scores (minimum score 6.5 overall and 6 in each section). The code for McMaster is 0936.

Have your previous post secondary institution(s) and ETS send your Official Sealed Transcripts and TOEFL scores to:
Neuroscience Graduate Program Admissions
McMaster University - Building #34
1280 Main St West - PC 303
Hamilton ON L8S 4K1