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Admission Requirements

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

  1. Have a bachelor’s degree
  2. Have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.25
  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 5.

How to Apply

For consideration, submit the following materials:

  • Complete the online MSU Application for Graduate Study. Choose to submit the Graduate Certificate application. The certificate program code is 7138. 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 domestic, or $75 for international students. This is due with the submission of your online application. 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 Neuroscience and the Law. 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 with your online application.
  • Transcripts (mail directly to the Neuroscience Program Office or 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
               Giltner Hall
               293 Farm Lane Room 108
               East Lansing, MI 48824-1101
               Phone: (517) 353-8947
               Fax: (517) 432-2744


    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 Neuroscience and the Law 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.

    Current MSU Graduate Students

    All current MSU graduate students studying in a social science, law, or criminal justice field are invited to enroll in our courses.