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Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Medical Neuroscience, students must:

  1. Have a bachelor’s or graduate degree in a biological science background or equivalent work experience
  2. Have a minimum cumulative undergraduate of 2.5 or a graduate grade point average of 3.0
  3. Write a reflective essay describing how the certificate will enhance professional and personal development

Please note: The application will ask you for three letters of recommendation, but this is not required. GRE scores are also not required for admission.

Application Deadline

Applications for Fall Semester admission are due on June 1, 2025.

Applications for Spring Semester admission are due on November 1, 2024.

How to Apply

For consideration, submit the following materials:

  • Complete the online MSU Application for Graduate Certificate. Start a new application. The certificate program code is 7135. After you have completed your application, please feel free to contact the Neuroscience Program office at neurosci@msu.edu anytime after the application deadline to verify your application is complete. Our admissions committee does not review incomplete applications.
  • The application fee of $65 for domestic, or $75 for international students. University policy states that applications will not be processed unless the application fee is paid, without exception.
  • A personal statement - Describe your interest in pursuing graduate education in Medical Neuroscience. Explain how the certificate will enhance your professional and personal development. Include relevant information such as work and educational background, personal attributes and qualities, and other experiences that will help you succeed in this program. Submit your personal statement to the application portal.  To upload your personal statement, please go to https://admissions.msu.edu/gradportal/
  • Transcripts (mail directly to Neuroscience Program or send electronically to neurosci@msu.edu) - From ALL institutions attended after high school. These must be originals in signed and sealed envelopes, no copies accepted. Transcripts sent electronically MUST be sent directly from your academic institution or clearing house. Transcripts uploaded to the portal by the applicant are not official transcripts and will not be considered:

    Neuroscience Program
    Michigan State University
    Interdisciplinary Science Technology Building
    766 Service Road,
    East Lansing, MI 48823

  • LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION: The application portal will ask you for letters of recommendation. This is NOT required. Please follow these instructions to bypass the letters.


Please view the Controller's Office website for tuition rates for in-state and out-of-state enrollment.

Lifelong Education

Individuals interested in taking our courses as a non-degree seeking student can apply for MSU Lifelong Education status. There are no admissions requirements to apply for Lifelong Education.

If you choose to apply to the Medical Neuroscience Graduate Certificate Program after completing some coursework, the Admissions Committee does take prior coursework into consideration. However, the Neuroscience Program cannot guarantee a seat in a program even with successful completion of coursework. Up to 9 Lifelong Education credits may be converted to graduate credit if accepted to a program, provided they are approved courses.