To be admitted to the M.I.P.A./Ph.D. degree track, student must be accepted by both the Neuroscience Training Program and the La Follette School of Public Affairs simultaneously. The programs work together to review applicants and applicants must meet the application requirements for both programs. Requirements are outlined below.
Applications for fall admission must be completed no later than December 1st of the year preceding intended enrollment. The program does not offer spring or summer admission. All application materials need to be received by that date to ensure consideration, this includes letters of recommendation, official GRE scores*, and transcripts. Applications are reviewed in December and selected applicants are invited to campus for an interview weekend in January or February. Final admission decisions are made by the end of March and, in accordance with the Council of Graduate Schools (website) national deadline, applicants have until April 15 to respond to an offer of admission.
*Please note, the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is no longer required by NTP. Effective for the 2018-19 admissions season (those applying for the Fall 2019 NTP class), NTP no longer requires GRE scores, nor will the Admissions Committee use any GRE scores submitted as part of its review.
The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) IS NOT REQUIRED by the La Follette School of Public Affairs for the Fall 2021 Applications.
N&PP Course Prerequisites:
The minimum course prerequisites are one semester of microeconomics, one semester of macroeconomics, one semester of international relations or comparative politics, one semester of calculus or statistics, 3 semesters of foreign language or one year experience of living abroad. We encourage students from a broad range of academic backgrounds to apply, including but not limited to those with focus in life sciences, physical sciences, computer science, or engineering. We highly recommend that applicants take college-level courses in mathematics, chemistry, physics and biology. A competitive applicant usually will have prior research experience and should describe their research experience in the Statement of Purpose/Personal Statement.
Please write via email to firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your intention to apply to the Neuroscience and Public Policy Program before doing so.