Resources for Current Students

Petition for In-State Status: You must file for in-state status the summer after your first year (unless you are a foreign student). You must have copies of (1) lease or letter from landlord (or deed, if home owner), (2) federal and state income tax forms, (3) letter of appointment or payroll statements, (4) voter registration, (5) vehicle registration (if applicable), (6) CO driver's license or state ID.

Program Requirements for students entering Fall 2018

Program Requirements for students who entered prior to Fall 2018

CU Graduate School Master's and Dissertation deadlines, checklists, etc.

The PhD program usually takes 4-5 years to complete, and general requirements include:

  1. An individualized course plan, devised by the student and their committee. These courses include:
    • A. Core courses (19+ credits)
      • Introduction to Neuroscience I and II
      • Fundamentals in Neuroscience (for students entering Fall 2018)
      • Advances in Neuroscience (this course is taken in 3 separate semesters, and the semesters do not have to be consecutive)
      • Statistics (PSYC 5741 or equivalent - 3 credits)
      • Scientific Writing (for students entering Fall 2018)
    • B. Specialized Elective Courses (11+ credits)
  2. Preliminary Examination. Each student who wishes to study for the doctoral degree must qualify by satisfactorily passing the preliminary examination by June 1st of the first year in the program.
  3. Comprehensive Examination. Admission to candidacy for the PhD degree will be determined by successful completion of a comprehensive examination in the field of concentration and related areas. The evaluation of oral examination should occur prior to July 1st of the second year in the program.
  4. A doctoral dissertation and defense. Students must take a minimum of 30 dissertation credit hours and are expected to be finished by the end of their 5th year.

Students are required to participate in at least one year of (paid) teaching. The Graduate Teacher Program fosters the building of strong university teachers, providing a rare chance to be trained and coached by experts.

Graduate students also benefit from strong graduate student representation through the United Government of Graduate Students.

The PhD in Neuroscience is an interdepartmental program that is entered from a participating department. For more information, see the Center for Neuroscience's webpage regarding the PhD in Neuroscience.

CU Graduate School webpage for funding sources both broad and specific (e.g., for travel to conferences, for research, etc.)

Also note the list of general departmental and university resources for graduate students on the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience's website.